Lola Pater was one of 150 films selected to screen at the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival. As a transgender film critic based in Chicago, I opted against screening the film in the lead-up to the first screening on Friday. You’re probably wondering why a transgender film critic would opt against screening Lola Pater, a film in which a transgender character plays a prominent role. It comes down to said character being played by a…"Chicago Film Festival: Why I’m Not Screening Lola Pater"
A cisgender woman was cast as a transgender woman in Lola Pater, a French film that screened recently at the Locarno Film Festival. The film is directed by Nadir Moknèche and stars Fanny Ardant, Tewfik Jallab, Nadia Kaci. The synopsis for the film: “When his mother dies, Zino decides to find his father, Farid. But 25 years ago, Farid became Lola…” From the review in The Hollywood Reporter: One could question director Moknech’s decision to not use a real trans person…"Cisgender Woman plays Transgender Woman in Lola Pater"