Archive of films The Misandrists / The Misandrists
2017, 91 min
Section: Another View
A feminist terrorist cell is plotting a revolution. But the rigid order of the women living at a remote convent school is endangered by the arrival of a young man who accepts refuge from one of the girls. Provocateur Bruce LaBruce has returned with a radical utopian vision of the world that combines a B-movie esthetic with leftist ideals.
In a rural convent school away from people’s prying eyes, a radical women’s group is preparing for the revolution. The abused and defiant girls, whom life has rarely given a fair shake, want to create a new world order under the leadership of Big Mother (Susanne Sachsse): the male population will be completely eradicated and women will be rid of the patriarchy. The rigid discipline of the terrorist cell breaks down, however, with the arrival of a young man on the run from the police who hides in the remote house with help from one of the girls. But the convent actually conceals more secrets than the women imagined... The nonconformist Canadian filmmaker has returned with a utopian vision that employs lesbian pornography as the defiant characters’ chief propaganda weapon. Although elements of the film may seem anachronistic – from wooden acting and B-movie esthetics to leftist rhetoric – taken together they create something more than a caustic commentary on the contemporary world. LaBruce’s tenth, typically subversive picture premiered in Panorama at this year’s Berlinale.
About the director
Bruce LaBruce (b. 1964, Southampton, Ontario, Canada), Canadian provocateur, started in filmmaking in the mid-1980s. Since that time he has built a reputation as a radical artist investigating taboo topics connected to sexuality. His movies are regularly presented at top film festivals where they stand out for a combination of hard-core porn techniques and artistic-philosophical filmmaking. LaBruce’s fundamentally political and independent writer-director work goes beyond cinema into the realms of photography, theater, and writing. Selected filmography: Hustler White (1996), The Raspberry Reich (2004), Otto; or, Up with Dead People (2008), L.A. Zombie (2010), Gerontophilia (2013), Pierrot Lunaire (2014 - Imagina section at KVIFF 2014).
About the film
|Dir. of Photography:||James Carman|
|Art Director:||Desi Santiago|
|Producer:||Jürgen Brüning, Sonja Klümper, Paula Alamillo Rodriguez, Bruce LaBruce|
|Production:||Jürgen Brüning Filmproduktion, Amard Bird Films|
|Cast:||Susanne Sachsse, Viva Ruiz, Kembra Pfahler, Caprice Crawford, Grete Gehrke|