Something You Said Last Night

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Something You Said Last Night
Film poster
Directed byLuis De Filippis
Written byLuis De Filippis
Produced byJessica Adams
Harry Cherniak
Luis De Filippis
Michael Graf
Michela Pini
Rhea Plangg
StarringCarmen Madonia
Ramona Milano
Paige Evans
Joe Parro
CinematographyNorm Li
Edited byNoemi Katharina Preiswerk
Music byElla Van Der Woude
JA Productions
Distributed byElevation Pictures
Release date
  • September 10, 2022 (2022-09-10) (TIFF)
Running time
96 minutes
  • Canada
  • Switzerland

Something You Said Last Night is a 2022 Canadian-Swiss[1] drama film, written and directed by Luis De Filippis.[2] The films stars Carmen Madonia as Ren, a young transgender woman in her mid 20s who accompanies her family on a vacation, during which she is torn between her desire to establish her independence and the comfort of retreating back into being taken care of by other people.[1]

The film's cast also includes Ramona Milano, Paige Evans, Joe Parro, Xxavier Woon-A-Tai, Augustus Oicle, Drew Catherine, Mark Winnick, Mark Soltermann and Nate Colitto.

The film had its world premiere in the Discovery section at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival on September 10, 2022.[3] It was also selected for the 70th San Sebastián International Film Festival's 'New Directors' competitive slate.[4] It entered commercial release in July 2023.[5]

Critical response[edit]

Barbara Goslawski of That Shelf positively reviewed the film, praising De Filippis for writing a film about a transgender character whose story centred on normal human relationships instead of trauma over her gender identity, and writing that Madonia's performance as Ren is "a marvel".[6]

The film was rated an A− on Indiewire and subsequently highlighted as a Critic’s Choice by Jude Dry.

The film was named to TIFF's annual year-end Canada's Top Ten list for 2022.[7]


At TIFF, the film was the winner of the Changemaker Award.[8]

The film also received the Sebastiane award at the San Sebastián Film Festival.

The film was shortlisted for the Directors Guild of Canada's 2022 Jean-Marc Vallée DGC Discovery Award,[9] and was shortlisted for the John Dunning Best First Feature Award at the 12th Canadian Screen Awards in 2024.[10]


  1. ^ a b Andreas Wiseman, "Memento International Boards TIFF Drama ‘Something You Said Last Night’; Exec Producers Include ‘The Florida Project’ Duo". Deadline Hollywood, August 16, 2022.
  2. ^ Radheyan Simonpillai, "10 Canadian films to watch at TIFF 2022". Now, August 17, 2022.
  3. ^ Jeremy Kay, "Daniel Radcliffe as "Weird Al" Yankovic leads TIFF Midnight Madness; Discovery, Wavelength sections also unveiled". Screen Daily, August 4, 2022.
  4. ^ "La sección New Directors se completa con 'Chevalier noir', de Emad Aleebrahim Dehkordi, y 'Something You Said Last Night', de Luis De Filippis". San Sebastián International Film Festival. 29 August 2022.
  5. ^ Aparita Bhandari, "Canadian filmmaker Luis De Filippis wants to tell a different kind of trans story". The Globe and Mail, July 5, 2023.
  6. ^ Barbara Goslawski, "TIFF 2022: Something You Said Last Night Review". That Shelf, September 11, 2022.
  7. ^ Pat Mullen, "Three Feature Docs Make Canada’s Top Ten". Point of View, December 8, 2022.
  8. ^ Christian Zilko, "‘The Fabelmans’ Wins TIFF 2022 People’s Choice Award". IndieWire, September 18, 2022.
  9. ^ Etan Vlessing, "DGC Awards: ‘Nightmare Alley,’ ‘Crimes of the Future,’ ‘Night Raiders’ Lead Nominees". The Hollywood Reporter, September 23, 2022.
  10. ^ "BlackBerry Leads CSA Nominations". Northern Stars, March 6, 2024.

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