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Commencing with a crotch shot across the bow before launching into a rambunctious laundromat sex scene set to The Poppy Family’s "Where Evil Grows", Saint-Narcisse puts us on notice: Bruce LaBruce is going to take us for a ride.

It’s 1972 in Montreal and Dominic (Félix-Antoine Duval) sates his narcissism by snapping Polaroid selfies and gazing longingly at his own reflection. When he learns that his birth mother (Tania Kontoyanni) is still alive, he embarks on a quest to find her. Not only does he discover her living with another woman (Alexandra Petrachuk), he also learns that he has a twin brother Daniel (Duval, again) who’s serving as a whipping boy-toy for a particularly depraved priest (Andreas Apergis). Laying eyes on Daniel, Dominic can see the appeal.

LaBruce puts his own irreverent spin on the notion of self-discovery in this occasionally twincestuous tale of doppelgängers, doppelbängers and skewed family values. Bawdy yet affectionate, ribald yet resonant, this singular redemption tale will leave you reeling until the end credits roll.


Includes an interview with Director: Bruce LaBruce

North American premiere
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Bruce LaBruce

Félix-Antoine Duval, Tania Kontoyanni, Alexandra Petrachuck, Andreas Apergis
Producer Nicolas Comeau, Paul Scherzer
Screenwriter Martin Girard, Bruce LaBruce
Cinematographer Michel La Veaux
Editor Hubert Hayaud
Production Design Alex Hercule Desjardins
Production Company 1976 Productions, Six Island Productions
Source Raven Banner
Canada 2020 101 min. English, French with English subtitles
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Bruce LaBruce is an internationally acclaimed filmmaker, photographer, writer, and artist based in Toronto, but creating works around the world. Bruce has written and directed eleven feature films to date, including Gerontophilia, which played the Venice Giornate degli Autori and won the Grand Prix at the Festival du Nouveau Cinema in Montreal, and Pierrot Lunaire, which won the Teddy Award Special Jury Prize at Berlinale.

Photo: ©Raul Hidalgo

Selected Filmography
L.A. Zombie (2010); Gerontophilia (2013); Pierrot Lunaire (2014)

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