Film - CineMasters Competition Filmfest 2021


Directed by Bruce LaBruce


Director: Bruce LaBruce
Section: CineMasters Competition
Country: Canada
Year: 2020
Language: English, French
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Félix-Antoine Duval, Tania Kontoyanni, Alexandra Petrachuk, Andreas Apergis, Gabrielle Boulianne-Tremblay
18+ (no age rating)


Self-indulgence, sex, and sacrilege rule in this anarchic journey toward an imagining of family outside societal norms.

Dominic is deeply infatuated — with himself. His narcissism borders on a fetish, so obsessed is he with his reflection, especially during sex. The 22-year-old man is very close to his grandmother, with whom he lives in early 1970s Québec. When she dies one day, Dominic finds a letter from his mother, who had been presumed dead. He immediately sets out to find her and is soon able to locate her. But that’s not all: Dominic suddenly finds himself face to face with his own double. The handsome young man lives in a monastery and is in a toxic relationship — to put it mildly — with one of the older priests. Is Dominic’s doppelgänger the twin brother he never knew he had, or is he merely a projection of Dominic’s own narcissism?

You'll find a Q&A with SAINT-NARCISSE director Bruce LaBruce here.

Meet the director


Bruce LaBruce

Born in 1964, Bruce LaBruce is an international director and visual artist who lives in Toronto, Canada. Since 1987, he has written and directed eleven feature-length films, including GERONTOPHILIA, which received the Grand Prix at the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma in Montréal in 2013, and PIERROT LUNAIRE, which received the Teddy Award Special Jury Prize at the Berlinale in 2014. LaBruce has also directed a number of short films, music videos, and stage plays around the globe, and has contributed to a variety of international publications, including Vice and The Guardian, as a writer and a photographer. In 2015, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City dedicated a retrospective to his cinematic oeuvre.


Screenplay: Martin Girard, Bruce LaBruce
Director of Photography: Michel La Veaux
Film Editor: Hubert Hayaud
Composer: Christophe Lamarche-Ledoux
Production Designer: Alex Hercule Desjardins
Costume Design: Valérie Gagnon-Hamel
Casting director: Maxime Giroux
Producer: Nicolas Comeau, Paul Scherzer
Production Company: 1976 Productions, Six Island Productions
World Sales: Best Friends Forever
Distributor: CINEMIEN Germany