My Skinny Sister (Min Lilla Syster) at TIFF

The feature debut by Swedish writer-director Sanna Lenken shows at Toronto International Film Festival on September 12 and 19. In this feature film Sanna Lenken continues on the theme of her 2013 short film Eating Lunch , exploring the subject of eating disorders through a unique lens. Rather than focussing on the affected individual, My Skinny Sister unfolds through the eyes of the protagonist's sibling.

Like many sisters, Stella (Rebecka Josephson) and Katja (Amy Deasismont) share a nuanced and complicated relationship. Katja, a beautiful and successful competitive figure skater, is disciplined both on and off the ice in order to maintain excellence and the praise of her busy parents. Awkward twelve-year-old Stella is struggling to come into her own as she begins to explore her sexuality, which has manifested in a crush on Katja's skating coach. Stella endures the pressures of early adolescence in the shadow of her older sister, who teases her endlessly. Yet when Katja's moody behaviour intensifies around mealtimes, Stella can't help but be suspicious about her unhealthy eating habits. When confronted, Katja threatens to reveal Stella's own secret and puts their sisterly bond on the line in order to keep their parents in the dark. The girls' bickering and their love for one another intersect as they struggle to maintain outward appearances. Ultimately, Stella is forced to weigh her loyalty against Katja's deteriorating health as their secret threatens to fracture their already-fragile family.

Saturday September 12, 4:15 PM at Scotiabank Theatre

Saturday September 19, 12:30 PM at TIFF Bell Lightbox

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