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Golden Delicious

Directed by Jason Karman2022Canada120 mins

Cheerful and romantic, Jason Karman’s coming-of-age feature debut offers an exceptional portrait of first (queer) love through the eyes of a Chinese Canadian teenager discovering his sexuality. Cardi Wong stars as Jake, a high schooler already juggling a number of expectations from his family, girlfriend, and peers. The arrival of a handsome new neighbor Aleks (Chris Carson), however, catches Jake off guard.

Struck by a newfound connection he struggles to explain, Jake follows Aleks onto the school basketball team, delighting his former athlete father. But in doing so, he runs headlong into a web of others’ hopes and expectations, forcing him to shoulder the scrutiny of schoolmates and family alike. Struggling to discover himself while — like so many high schoolers — trying to thrive in the public eye, Jake finds himself caught between the familiar and the new. Offering a timely, warm-hearted look at the pressures and crosscurrents shaping young queer lives, Golden Delicious gets at perspectives, too, well beyond Jake’s, bringing to life the whole community of which he’s a part.

Short film screening before this feature (In-Person Only):

Fish Boy

11 mins

Fish Boy is a lyrical meditation on faith, love, and polyamory through the eyes of an Asian American teenager. When 16-year-old Patrick (Ian Chen) questions his love for God, his self-discovery manifests in his skin.

Expected Guests

Jason Karman
Kristyn Stilling
Christopher Yip
Director (Fish Boy)
Malachi Ellis
Producer (Fish Boy)

Golden Delicious is a recipient of a Frameline Completion Fund grant.

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Jason Karman
Running Time
120 mins
Streaming, Narrative Features, Frameline Completion Fund
Program Note Writer
George Elkind
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