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Mario

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6:45 PM

TIFF Bell Lightbox - Cinema 2
350 King Street West
Toronto ON,

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Jim Lawrence and David Salak

For every Gus Kenworthy-calibre coming out story, far more closeted athletes compete internally between living an authentic life, or staying closeted for the sake of succeeding in professional sport.

Enter Mario. Star player and captain of his football team. Mario’s sights are set on getting promoted to the main squad, but his game is thrown off course when handsome new striker Leon joins the team. With what at first feels like a budding coming-of-age locker room romance, Mario quickly comes out of left field to reveal a poignant and timely story about the claustrophobic panic felt among LGBTQ players pressured to hide their sexuality.

Winner of two Swiss film awards, Mario taps into a professional athlete’s constant fear of being exposed in a setting he fervently loves.

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Jim Lawrence and David Salak
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