Friday, July 12, 2024

Take a peek at Bruce LaBruce’s latest release

Saint-Narcisse is a twisted tale of twins separated at birth from Canada’s King of Kink.

The latest from Bruce LaBruce, Canada’s reigning “King of Kink,” follows Dominic, a young man with 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, held captive against his will! The power of destiny brings together the two beautiful, identical brothers, who, after being reunited with their mother Beatrice, are soon embroiled in a blasphemous web of sex, revenge and redemption.

Set in the early 1970s and filmed in the style of exploitation thrillers of that era, Saint-Narcisse is part porn, part punk, and part Brian DePalma moviemaking. Nominated for a Queer Lion at the Venice Film Festival and the New Visions Award at Sitges, it’s been described as “a wild ride that’s enjoyable in all its B-movie glory while also titillating the intellect” (The Hollywood Reporter). 

Bruce LaBruce is an internationally acclaimed filmmaker, photographer, writer, and artist based in Toronto. Along with numerous short films, he has written and directed eleven feature films, including Gerontophilia, which won the Grand Prix at the Festival du Nouveau Cinema in Montreal in 2013, and Pierrot Lunaire, which won the Teddy Award Special Jury Prize at the Berlinale in 2014. LaBruce has been honored with film retrospectives at both TIFF/Bell Lightbox 2014, and at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, 2015. The MoMA retrospective featured all nine of LaBruce’s features released to that point as well as a program of short films. All of the films are now part of MoMA’s permanent film collection. “Faggotry”, a retrospective of LaBruce’s photographic work over the past 25 years, has been mounted in the past several years in Los Angeles, Madrid, and London, and is currently available as a limited edition at the Tom of Finland Store. LaBruce will also have an exhibition of his photographs to be called FIXATIONS at the CASSTL Gallery in Antwerp in 2021.

Saint-Narcisse opens at the Quad Cinemas and online on September 17.

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