My First Summer(HKLGFF 2021)
Official Selection: BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival 202, Adelaide Film Festival 202, Rainbow Reel Tokyo International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival 2021
Raised in complete isolation by her mentally ill mother, 16-year-old Claudia has grown up believing the outside world is evil. Stranded on their remote property after her mother’s death, Claudia is shocked when Grace, a spirited local teen, appears in the garden like a mirage. Both dealing with family trauma, they find in each other the support, love and intimacy they need, and teach each other the restorative power of human connection. When suspicion builds around the mother’s sudden death, police close in and threaten their secret summer. Can they run and hide so their love can last forever?
*Additional Short Film:
Director: Marcel Barelli
Switzerland/ 2021/ 5mins
In French with English subtitles
Markella Kavenagh, Maiah Stewardson, Arthur Angel, Katherine Tonkin, Edwina Wren