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‘I’ve Never Seen Another Film Like It’

Elliot Page recently signed on as the executive producer of the Italian transgender documentary Nel Mio Nome (Into My Name) by director and producer Nicolò Bassetti, which is set to premiere at the 2022 Berlin Film Festival in the Panorama Dokumente section. The doc is based on Bassetti’s personal experience of his child’s transition. It follows the lives of four friends who are transitioning and offers an intimate look at the universal struggle of being trans in a world that can’t see beyond the artifice of sex and gender. Page told The Hollywood Reporter about the upcoming documentary, “It’s a meditation on trans humanity, and I’ve never seen another film like it.”

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Into My Name follows the lives of four friends, Nico, Leo, Andrea, and Raff, who come from different parts of Italy but now all live in the central Italian city of Bologna. The friends — whose ages span from their mid-20s to mid-30s — each start their gender transition at a different time in their life, but they support each other as each navigates the complicated political, medical, and social environment of trying to transition in a world that doesn’t feel like it recognizes trans humanity. The film is inspired by director Bassetti’s transgender son, Matteo.

It’s common for gender dysphoria to manifest in early childhood. A recent Cedars-Sinai study, published in JAMA Network Open, a journal of the American Medical Association, revealed that “73% of the transgender women and 78% of the transgender men first experienced gender dysphoria by age 7.” However, it’s common for gender dysphoria to persist for years before a transgender individual can get counseling and gender-affirming care. Because of the delay in gender-affirming care, the findings also reveal that untreated gender dysphoria can result in poor quality of life for transgender people, beginning in childhood and lasting throughout adolescence and adulthood.


Nel Mio Nome Director Consulted His Trans Son


Elliot Page
Courtesy of Elliot Page

“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 told The Hollywood Reporter about the upcoming documentary. “It’s a meditation on trans humanity, and I’ve never seen another film like it.”

He continued: “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. I’m honored to be on board and can’t wait for everyone to see it.”

In December 2020, Page publicly came out transgender by posting a moving post to his Instagram and Twitter accounts, which read (in part):


Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot. I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life.

Since then, he has regularly shared his journey in interviews and on social media, thanking his millions of followers for their support. A couple of months later, Page was the first transgender man to be on the cover of Time magazine. He recently posted a photo of himself showing off a silver chain, inspiring his millions of followers (as usual).


Elliot Page Thanks Supportive Fans Following Transgender Announcement
Elliot Page Thanks Supportive Fans Following Transgender Announcement

Elliot Page has released his first real selfie after coming out as transgender back at the beginning of December.

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