Explorations and evolutions, these quietly powerful stories all strive towards a similar goal: becoming one’s full, true self.
SHEDDING SKIN (ESCAMAS)
KATHERINA HARDER SACRE | SPAIN | 2020 | 18 MIN | SPANISH S.-T.EN.
Seamstress Alicia makes women’s clothes, but behind the fabrics she hides secrets. After the accidental flooding of her apartment she meets Lucia, a transgender woman and her new neighbor. They begin spending time together. As day and night pass, a powerful bond is formed and with the dawn the two find healing freedom in the middle of the sea.
FLORENT GOUELOU | FRANCE | 2020 | 18 MIN | FRENCH S.-T.EN.
In a small French village, 17-year old Leo experiments with makeup and genderplay. His big brother Jules vehemently opposes this behaviour, fearing he will become a laughing stock. On the night of the open stage, Leo shows up in full drag.
ALL THOSE SENSATIONS IN MY BELLY
MARKO DJESKA | CROATIA | 2020 | 12 MIN | NO DIALOGUE
While transitioning from male to female, Matia struggles with finding a genuine and intimate relationship with a cisgendered straight man.
AS THE CROW FLIES (FUGLEFLUGT)
MICHAEL SØNDERGAARD | DENMARK | 2021 | 18 MIN | DANISH S.-T.EN.
The closeted small-town delinquent Mathias is shaken by the arrival of a charismatic Swedish ornithologist who is passing through to study the local birdlife. When Mathias’ friends catch the two young men in an intimate moment, it leads to a violent confrontation.
CAILLEAH SCOTT-GRIMES | CANADA | 2020 | 17 MIN |JAPANESE & ENGLISH S.-T.EN.
Kei longs for a “normal” life in rural Japan. But for a transgender man getting to normal is one steep climb, especially since Erin, his Canadian partner, longs to move to Tokyo, where they can live openly and freely. By chance, turning up at a hot spring Kei once loved as a child, the couple – one on the men’s side, the other, on the women’s – they face the truth about their divergent wishes, identities, and murky notions of belonging.
HEAVEN REACHES DOWN TO EARTH (LEGODIMO LE KOPANA LE LEFATSHE)
TEBOGO MALEBOGO | SOUTH AFRICA | 2020 | 10 MIN | AFRIKAANS S.-T.EN.
After Tau comes to a realization about their sexuality, it sets in motion a cascade of thoughts and emotions in Tumelo – nothing will ever be the same between them.