Elliot Page has signed on as executive producer for an Italian documentary about a group of transgender friends and their gender transition journey.
Directed by Italian filmmaker Nicolò Bassetti, “Nel Mio Nome” (“Into My Name”) is the coming-of-age story of four young friends — Nic, 33, Leo, 30, Andrea, 25, and Raff, 23 — who share important turning points in their lives and in their gender transitions, according to an IMDb synopsis.
“What stands out to me about ‘Nel Mio Nome’ is the way it so artfully and intentionally presents all the different pieces that make up a person’s identity,” Page said in a statement, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“It’s a meditation on trans humanity, and I’ve never seen another film like it,” the 34-year-old actor and longtime LGBTQ activist added.
The film, which will premiere at the 2022 Berlin International Film Festival next month, was rooted in the director’s experiences as the father of a trans son.
“Knowing that Bassetti consulted closely with his trans son throughout production is so beautiful to me, and I think that lived experience and input is clear in the film’s perspective,” Page added. “I’m honored to be on board and can’t wait for everyone to see it.”
Bassetti said that he was “truly grateful to Elliot for adding his lived perspective to help our film find its way in the world.”
Page came out as transgender in a heartfelt Instagram post in December 2020. “I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot,” he wrote. “I love that I am trans. And I love that I am queer,” he added.
The director also noted that his personal experience as a parent has allowed him ”to find the necessary self-assurance to approach the protagonists of this story, to delve into their emotions, and establish an intimate relationship built on trust and complicity.”
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