Maia, called “Zen”, is a rowdy yet solitary 16-year-old tomboy. She lives in a small village on top of the rough and beautiful Italian Apennines, and she gets into trouble easily… She’s the only girl of the local ice hockey-team and she is constantly bullied by her teammates for her masculine attitude. When Vanessa – the beautiful and bewildered girlfriend of the team captain – runs away from home and hides in Maia’s family lodge, Maia feels free to trust someone for the first time. A special relationship develops between the two. Led by the need to break away from the roles that the small community has forced them to play, Maia and Vanessa embark on a journey of self-discovery: an exploration of their gender identity and sexuality, liquid and restless like the troubled time of youth.
How not to lose balance in life, without giving up your own personality? Here is the question of this engaging and important film about exploring your gender identity and finding yourself.
PRECEEDED BY THE SHORT FILM:
SUICIDRAG, Andrea Pérez Su. Mexico – 2018 – 10’