Official Selection


by Bruce LaBruce
Canada, 2020, 101', color, DCP
Screenplay: Martin Girard, Bruce LaBruce
Friday 04 September 2020
11:30 Sala Perla Press, Industry
Friday 11 September 2020
17:00 Sala Perla All Accreditations
Followed by Q&A
Saturday 12 September 2020
21:00 Cinema Rossini Tickets

Out of competition
Closing Film

Michel LaVeaux
Hubert Hayaud

production designer
Alex Hercule Desjardins
Valérie Gagnon-Hamel
Christophe Lamarche-Ledoux

Félix-Antoine Duval
[the Twins]
Tania Kontoyanni
[the Mother]
Alexandra Petrachuk
Andreas Apergis
[Father Andrew] 

Nicolas Comeau
Paul Scherzer
1976 Productions
Six Island Productions

world sales
Best Friend Forever

press office
Manlin Sterner

Canada, 1972. Dominic, 22 years old, has a fetish… for himself. Nothing turns him on more than his reflection, with much of his time spent taking Polaroid selfies. When his loving grandmother dies, he discovers a deep family secret: his lesbian mother didn't die in childbirth and he has a twin brother, Daniel, raised in a remote monastery by a depraved priest. The power of destiny brings back together the two beautiful, identical brothers, who, after being reunited with their mother Beatrice, are soon embroiled in a strange web of sex, revenge and redemption.



2020 Saint-Narcisse
2018 Valentin, Pierre y Catalina [short]
2018 Scotch Egg [short]
2017 The Misandrists
2017 Ulrike's Brain
2017 Refugee's Welcome [short]
2014 Pierrot Lunaire
2013 Gerontophilia
2013 Defense de Fumer [short]
2012 Offing Jack [short]
2010 L.A. Zombie
2010 Weekend in Alphaville [short]
2009 The Bad Breast; or,
The Strange Case of Theda Lange [short]
2008 Otto; or, Up with Dead People
2008 Give Piece of Ass a Chance [short]
2004 The Raspberry Reich
1998 Skin Flick
1996 Hustler White
1994 Super 8 1/2
1991 No Skin Off My Ass
1988 I Know What It's Like to be Dead [short]
1988 Slam! [short]
1987 Boy/Girl [short]
1987 Bruce and Pepper Wayne Gacy's
Home Movies [short]

Every filmmaker should make at least one film in his or her life on the following subjects: twins or doppelgangers, incest, a cabin in the woods, nuns and/or monks, a motorcycle driver, lesbians living in the wild, and a sexually abusive priest. Saint-Narcisse has allowed me to combine all of these subjects in one film. As with Gerontophilia, the first movie I made in Québec, Saint-Narcisse is an homage to Quebecois cinema, particularly from the 70's, my favorite cinematic era. The film was shot by legendary Quebecois cinematographer Michel LaVeaux, who has been active in the film world in Québec since the seventies, having worked with such legends as Claude Jutra, Michel Brault, and Francis Mankiewicz. As Saint-Narcisse is set in the early seventies, I wanted to make a film shot on digital that had the style and atmosphere of a Québec 35mm movie from that period. LaVeaux used a lighting kit and zoom lenses specific to the era, and color timed the film to reflect that mood. Saint-Narcisse is perhaps my most traditionally narrative and dramatic film to date, heightened by a great score by Christophe Lamarche-Ledoux that is classical and contemporary at the same time.

Bruce LaBruce began his career in the mid-eighties making a series of short experimental super 8 films and co-editing, with G. B. Jones, a punk fanzine called J.D.s, which launched the queercore movement. From 1991 to 1996, he directed and starred in three feature-length movies, No Skin Off My AssSuper 8 1/2 and Hustler White. Since 2000, he has directed three art/porn features, Skin FlickThe Raspberry Reich and L.A. Zombie; as well as the independent feature Otto; or, Up with Dead People. In 2010 LaBruce directed two episodes of the ARTE documentary series Into the Night with…, one featuring Harmony Korine and Gaspar Noé, the other featuring Béatrice Dalle and Virginie Despentes. In 1997, LaBruce wrote a premature memoir entitled The Reluctant Pornographer. The following year, the Plug-In Gallery in Winnipeg, Canada, published a book on his work, Ride Queer Ride. LaBruce has directed three theatrical productions: Cheap Blacky (2007), The Bad Breast; or, The Strange Case of Theda Lange (2009) and Macho Family Romance (2009). He is a regular contributor to many magazines and newspapers, as both a writer and photographer. LaBruce held his first solo photography show at the Alleged Gallery in New York in December 1999, while his latest, entitled "Bruce LaBruce Retrospective," premiered at MoMa in New York in 2015. The versatile artist also directed his first opera, an adaptation of Arnold Schönberg's Pierrot Lunaire, in Berlin in 2011. Three years later, the screen adaptation of Pierrot Lunaire earned LaBruce the Teddy Award Special Jury Prize at the 2014 Berlinale. In 2016 LaBruce served as jury president for Giornate degli Autori, the section that had selected his 2013 film Gerontophilia for the competition lineup. In 2017 he directed two feature films: Ulrike's Brain (Berlinale, Forum) and The Misandrists (Berlinale, Panorama).

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