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Pierrot Lunaire

Germany | 2014 | 51 minutes | Bruce LaBruce

Queercore provocateur Bruce LaBruce smashes Arnold Schoenberg’s titular melodrama—a cycle of 21 poems in a female narration—with Expressionistic visuals of a trans man lost in a world of symbolic fantasies and desires. Screens with Abigail Child’s Vis à Vis (USA 2013, 25 min).

May 24, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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May 29, 2014
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Legendary queercore provocateur Bruce LaBruce puts his own crazy stamp on a classic piece of musical theater. Back in 1912, the actress Albertine Zehme asked composer Arnold Schönberg to set the “Pierrot Lunaire” poems to music, so he took 21 of them and created a cabaret-like show. In his adaptation, LaBruce takes a 1912 aesthetic—silent film acting, mostly black-and-white footage, and intertitles—then incorporates his own explicit vision of male sexuality. Inspired by the true story of a transgender man in 1970s Toronto, LaBruce’s adaptation concerns Pierrot, whose girlfriend is oblivious to his birth sex. When her father suspects the truth and forbids them to see each other, Pierrot sets out on a quest to find a penis and prove to his girlfriend’s father that Pierrot is a man. LaBruce had previously made a stage version of the story, and here he builds upon that to make something erotic, energetic, and visually playful.

Director Biography

Bruce LaBruce is a Toronto-based filmmaker, writer, director, photographer, and artist. He began his career in the mid-eighties making a series of experimental Super 8 shorts and co-editing a punk fanzine called "J.D.s," which begat the queercore movement.

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Vis à Vis

A testament to 16mm black and white celluloid and differing sexualities, seductions and (d)alliances.
Director: Bruce LaBruce
Principal Cast: Susanne Sachsse, Paulina Bachmann
Premier Status: North American Premiere
Country: Germany, Canada
Year: 2014
Running Time: 51 minutes
Producer: Jürgen Brüning, Bruce LaBruce
Cinematographers: Ismail Necmi
Editors: Jorn Hartmann
Music: Arnold Schoenberg’s “Pierrot Lunaire” conducted by Premil Petrovic
Website: Official Film Website
Awards: Berlin International Film Festival 2014 (Teddy Special Jury Award)
Filmography: Gerontophilia (2013); L.A. Zombie (2010); Otto, or Up with Dead People (2008); The Raspberry Reich (2004); Skin Flick / Skin Gang (1999); Hustler White (1996); Super 8 1/2 (1993); No Skin Off My Ass (1993)
Language: German
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
International Sales: m-Appeal
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