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Saint-Narcisse (VOSTF)
Main screening room
October 11th, 2022
13+ erotism
101 min
Bruce LaBruce: Tender and transgressive

The work of Canadian Bruce LaBruce has been acclaimed in the US and France, and have been shown at prestigious festivals, but the filmmaker remains relatively unknown in the Land of the Maple Leaf. This retrospective, the largest ever organized in Canada, will allow us to measure the audacity and exuberance of LaBruce's work while depicting all the variations of sexuality on screen, from gay eroticism to transgression. Here is a subversive, pleasurable and combative queer cinema which will leave no one indifferent.

Bruce LaBruce in attendance

Directed by
Bruce LaBruce
Félix-Antoine Duval, Tania Kontoyanni, Alexandra Petrachuk
101 min
Romance, drama
13+ erotism

It’s Quebec in the 70s. After beautiful, narcissistic young Dominic loses his grandmother, he finds letters suggesting that his mother hadn’t in fact died giving birth to him. He sets off on a quest and discovers her alive and well, living deep in the woods with the young and mysterious Irène. The three form a strong, strange bond – but it doesn’t end there, since he also discovers he has an identical twin brother, Daniel, held prisoner in a monastery and caught in the clutches of a priest with less-than-pure intentions . . .


Bruce LaBruce

Born in 1964 in Tiverton, Ontario, Bruce LaBruce studied film theory and social and political thought at York University in Toronto in the 1980s. He wrote film reviews for CineAction magazine, contributed to underground gay magazines, and shot his first super-8 films in the late 1980s. His first two feature films, No Skin Off My Ass and Super 8 ½, introduced him to specialized film festivals. Following Hustler White, Bruce LaBruce made a series of feature films known for their explicit gay sexuality, a taste for transgression and pastiche, and an abrasive sense of humor. His association with German producer Jüngen Brüning led him to direct some of his films in Germany. He has also made adult films, notably for the Erika Lust and CockyBoys studios. He shot two feature films in Quebec: Gerontophilia (2013) and Saint-Narcisse (2020), produced by 1976 productions. Bruce LaBruce also practices photography and writing, signing, for example, the collection of texts Porn Diaries (2020).



Saint-Narcisse by Bruce LaBruce

Saint-Narcisse by Bruce LaBruce

Saint-Narcisse by Bruce LaBruce

Saint-Narcisse by Bruce LaBruce

Saint-Narcisse by Bruce LaBruce

Bringing together disparate elements (the opening scene, in which the FLQ's manifesto is heard on a distant radio, is followed by a rather funny sex scene), Bruce LaBruce offers an unclassifiable film, in which the care taken in terms of artistic direction as well as the images (cinematography by Michel La Veaux, who also directed Maria Chapdelaine's film) is remarkable.
Marc-André Lussier
La Presse
About Saint-Narcisse
Full cast
About Bruce LaBruce
Filmography | Full lenght
Filmographie | Shorts
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Interview with Bruce LaBruce

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