With the invitation of 24 further feature films, the selection for the Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama 2017 program has been completed. 51 works from 43 countries have been chosen for screening in the section, with 36 of them making their world premieres at the Berlinale.
One of the selected films is a German production titled “The Misandrists” from Canadian actor, writer, filmmaker and photographer Bruce LaBruce.
Described as a “feminist fairy tale” by the Berlinale, the film’s synopsis reads: The title refers to a secret cell of feminist terrorists that is planning to liberate women, overthrow the patriarchy, and usher in a new female world order. The group is led by Big Mother (Susanne Sachsse), who operates a school for wayward girls in the countryside as a front for a radical terrorist cell. When a young man, a radical leftist, who is running from the police, happens upon this remote female stronghold, one of the girls takes pity on him and hides him in the basement. His presence eventually disrupts the household and reveals a number of unexpected secrets…
In LaBruce’s director’s statement, he says “The Misandrists” is a companion piece to his 2005 movie “The Raspberry Reich” – which explored what LaBruce calls “terrorist chic, cult dynamics, and the innate radical potential of homosexual expression.” Reviews of “Reich” were mixed, ranging from revolting to hilarious satire; “a mercilessly funny lampoon of terrorist chic” and “a counter-cultural assault on homosexist ideology and a comment on the way a revolution is often watered by media-obsessed bleeding hearts.”
Provocateur LaBruce, who is also an underground adult film director, likes to use satire to explore sexual themes and transgression against cultural norms in his work. “The Misandrists” likely continues that trend.
The film’s ensemble cast includes: Susanne Sachsse, Viva Ruiz, Kembra Pfahler, Caprice Crawford, Grete Gehrke, Kita Updike, Victoire Laly, Lo-Fi Cherry, Olivia Kundisch, Serenity Rosa, Sam Dye, Lina Bembe and Barb Ara.
“The Misandrists” makes its World Premiere at the Berlinale next month, running from February 9 to 19.
No trailer at this time, but you’ll find a handful of images from the film within this post (above and below):