The Way He Looks details the trials and tribulations of growing up for three teenagers as they struggle to navigate the awkwardness of adolescence. Leonardo and Giovanna have been best friends since they were very young. Now, in the midst of their teen years, they are both confronted with the challenges of budding sexuality, the struggle for independence, and defining themselves as adults. When they befriend the new kid in school, Gabriel, their seemingly static world is turned upside down as they question their relationships with one another. If being a teenager isn’t hard enough, their situation is further complicated by Leonardo’s blindness
Gentle and soft-spoken, Paloma is a transgender woman living a peaceful life in rural Brazil with her loving boyfriend Zé and her young daughter. She picks fruit at a papaya farm in the hopes of saving enough money to have a traditional church wedding, the one thing that will complete her happiness. The local priest’s refusal to marry the couple only fuels Paloma’s determination to realize her dream—but she soon comes face-to-face with the prejudices of her conservative community. No amount of injustice, betrayal, or violence will shake her faith and pride in her family, and in herself. Last at the Festival with his award-winning 2019 documentary Waiting for the Carnival, filmmaker Marcelo Gomes paints an intimate portrait of trans joy and resilience.
58th Chicago International Film Festival Silver Q-Hugo. Learn more…
This film contains scenes of violence against trans women.
Screenings & Events
Available to stream Oct 17 @ 12:00pm CT through Oct 23 @ 11:59pm CT for a 48-hour watch window. Available in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin only.
- João Vieira Jr., Nara Aragão
- Marcelo Gomes, Armando Praça, Gustavo Campos
- Rita M. Pestana
- Pierre de Kerchove
- Kika Sena, Ridson Reis, Anita de Souza Macedo, Clebia Souza
- Moabe Filho, Pedrinho Moreira
- O Grivo
- Janaina Bernardes, Ernesto, Soto Canny, Manuela Mandler, Ana Saito, Pablo Torrecillas, Emilie Georges, Sata Cissokho
- Carnaval Filmes, Gullane, Misti Filmes, Ukbar Filmes
An emotive journey of a former school teacher, who writes letters for illiterate people, and a young boy, whose mother has just died, as they search for the father he never knew.