Canada’s Original LGBT2SQ+ Film Festival
In-Person Events Run Until November 27, 2022
image+nation Canada’s first LGBT2SQ+ film festival and pioneering platform of queer stories reaches a three and a half-decade milestone with its 35th anniversary edition from November 17 to 27, 2022! image+nation35 includes a stellar lineup of in-cinema and virtual screenings to offer audiences the best and brightest in contemporary queer cinema, as well as two special sections on LGBT2SQ+ cinema from Ukraine and Iran. Again this year, the Canada Media Fund returns as Festival Presenting Partner helping the Festival bring a remarkable anniversary edition to cinemas in Montreal and screens online across Quebec, as well as being presenting collaborator of the inaugural I+N@PHI x FMC/CMF SERIES.
With over 40 narrative and documentary features and 13 compelling short film programmes from 28 countries, image+nation35 unspools on four Montreal film screens – Cinéma Impérial, Cinéma Moderne, De Sève Cinema, PHI Centre – while again this year offering programming across Quebec via the virtual Festival platform.
SELECTED FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS STILL TO COME!
TROIS NUITS PAR SEMAINE
(Florent Gouëlou – France – 2022 – 103 min – French w/ English subtitles)
Thursday, November 24 – 7 pm – Cinéma Imperial
Deep into an 8-year heterosexual relationship, Baptiste is given license to explore his sudden, all-consuming attraction to Cookie Kunty, a vision in and out of drag, the same throaty purr. Brought into Cookie’s swirling, bejewelled world, Baptiste examines his preconceived notions of masculinity and uncovers the performer underneath Cookie’s performance.
(V. T. Nayani – Canada – 2022 – 87 Min – Mohawk, Persian, Tamil, French, English)
Friday, November 25 – 7pm – Cinéma J.A de Sève
Canadian director V.T. Nayani’s feature debut, starring Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs (Reservation Dogs) and Priya Guns, is a queer love story about two young women – one Iranian and Kanienʼkehá꞉ka, the other Tamil – living in Toronto and dealing with difficult family legacies.
(Kamil Krawcycki – Poland – 2022 – 104 min – Polish w/ English subtitles)
Friday, November 25 – 7 pm – Cinéma Imperial
When hardworking Bartek and free-spirited Dawid connect after Dawid’s return to his picturesque Polish village for his father’s funeral, their budding relationship stimulates Bartek’s drive for self-fulfilment and stirs his heart. Though something darker stirs in those who want to bridle this force of nature.
ALL MAN: THE INTERNATIONAL MALE STORY
(Bryan Darling + Jesse Finley Reed – USA – 2022 – 83 min – English)
Friday, November 25 – 7 pm – PHI Centre
Immortalized in Zoolander and Seinfeld’s “puffy shirt,” International Male was both celebrated and maligned as “that gay catalogue.” Narrator Matt Bomer chronicles how founder Gene Burkard and his team rebranded masculinity as the confidence to embrace style – no matter how outrageous – bridging the gap between masturbation material and mail-order sensation.
This screening will be preceded by a cocktail at 7 PM
I+N@PHI x FMC/CMF SERIES
Saturday, November 26 – 7 pm – PHI Centre
With the collaboration of the Canada Media Fund, image+nation35 inaugurates the I+N@PHI x FMC/CMF SERIES: discursive encounters at PHI Centre with Canadian film and episodic creators, including Julien Cadieux (Y’a une étoile), Thom Fitzgerald, Adam Fox & Joey Beni (Sugar Highs), and more.
THREE TIDY TIGERS TIED A TIE TIGHTER (TRÊS TIGRES TRISTES)
(Gustavo Vinagre – Brazil – 2022 – 86 min)
Sunday, November 27 – 9 pm – PHI Centre
Three queer youths meander a surreal, near-future São Paulo. As the city drifts into a pandemic-fueled forgetfulness, they face realities both personal and political – a devastating death, an HIV diagnosis, the systemic scourge of “craptalism” – and find comfort in the body as it is, in all its eroticism and incontinence.
UKRAINE QUEER CINEMA RETROSPECTIVE: QUEER FIGHTERS
Sunday, November 27 – 3pm – Cinéma Moderne
To highlight unwavering support for friends and colleagues in Ukraine during this time of war and oppression, I+N35 presents the first retrospective of Ukrainian queer cinema, curated and presented by Bohdan Zhuk of Molodist, Kyiv International Film Festival. A unique opportunity for audiences to discover this little-known culture and learn about a country whose stories rarely find their way to Montreal screens.
CLOSING FILM: COP SECRET (LEYNILÖGGA)
(Hannes Þór Halldórsson – Iceland – 2021 – 98 min)
Sunday, November 27 – 7 pm – Cinéma Imperial
Cop Secret is the type of big-budget buddy cop spoof that LGBT2SQ+ audiences aren’t afforded, with the DNA of Die Hard and the zing of Austin Powers zaniness. When Reykjavik experiences an enigmatic crime spree, a closeted “supercop” and pansexual crime fighter unite to solve the case and ignite romance.
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