Director: Celine Sciamma
Cast includes: Zoe Heran
Includes introduction from Asten Holmes-Elliott
82 mins / 2011 / France, subtitles

Celine Sciamma's 2nd feature made non-conforming gender identity its subject long before many others. Featuring an excellent and stunning performance by Zoé Héran, Tomboy is a film that needs to be seen by as many people as possible.

Moving into a new neighborhood, and a 10-year-old born Laure deliberately presents as a boy named Mickäel to the neighbourhood children. It is heavily implied that Mickäel is a closeted transgender boy. This film follows his experiences with his newfound friends, his potential love interest, Lisa, his younger sister and his parents.

It focuses in on the significance of gender identity in social interaction from an early age, the difficulties of being transgender and young, and how Mickäel navigates these in the background of childhood play and love. Exquisite performances from her child actors, this queer classic still feels strikingly fresh and uncontrived.

"One of the great films made by adults for adults about children" - Little White Lies

Queer Film Night is a monthly film night exploring LGBTQ+ themes and stories on film. Curated by Peccadillo Pictures, one of the UK's most recognised distributors of LGBT & World Cinema titles.

About Asten Holmes-Elliot

Asten Holmes-Elliot has chosen tonight's film and will introduce the screening. Asten Holmes-Elliot is an artist and filmmaker whose work examines ideas of identity, otherness and belonging. They use a variety of mediums including illustration, painting, photography and filmmaking to research, archive and historicise fringe communities and resist their erasure and exclusion. Asten is also a Board member of Scottish Queer International Film Festival, ScotsQueerFilm and Lock Up Your Daughers Magazine.

This film is F-Rated. The F-Rating is applied to all films which are directed by women and/or written by women. Find out more about F-Rating.

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