Gattaca at Christie Pits Film Festival

In the noir-tinged future world of 1997 sci-fi thriller GATTACA, eugenics reigns supreme as prospective parents select their children based on the best possible combination of hereditary traits. But there are, of course, the naturally born, or the “in-valids,” conceived the old fashioned way and shunned for their presumed inferiority. Vincent, an in-valid, has dreams of space exploration that can only be fulfilled by taking on the identity of the paralyzed yet genetically superior Jerome, but fulfilling someone else’s destiny proves more difficult than imagined.

SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER, Toronto director Zachary Russell’s delightfully twisted gender-queered take on a rom-com meet-cute, will double-up with GATTACA for an evening of doppelgängers. Drag night at a local club takes a strange turn when one of the performers, a drag king struggling to channel her idiosyncratic character, ventures out into the after hours world and stumbles upon her muse.

Films @ Sundown (8:30pm)
Eats & Treats @ 6pm by El Trompo, The Pop Stand & popcorn at the festival canteen

Free / PWYC (suggested donation $10), not a ticketed event
Accessible venue
Films are screened with captioning
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GATTACA (Andrew Niccol, 1997)
With short film SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER (Zachary Russell, 2015)

Toronto Outdoor Picture Show is grateful to Major Sponsors Warby Parker, Fiesta Farms, Toronto Pearson International Airport and Waterfront Toronto for their support of our signature series, Christie Pits Film Festival.

Gattaca at Christie Pits Film Festival

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