QFW: Madame

2019| 18| 93 mins| /

Directed by: Stéphane Riethauser
Starring: Stéphane Riethauser

Warning: this screening features adult content.

In French and English with English subtitles

Madame takes us on an intimate journey through a private family archive, revealing a fascinating and beautiful family saga over several generations. Presented as a series of conversations between Caroline, a flamboyant 90- year-old grandmother and her filmmaker grandson Stéphane RiethauserMadame explores how individuals develop and perform their gender identity in a patriarchal environment.

Promised to a domestic life in the 1920s, Caroline manages to free herself from the clutches of a forced marriage and becomes a successful businesswoman, defying the social rules of her time. In parallel, Stéphane struggles to play the role everyone expects in his Swiss bourgeois family, until the day he comes out of the closet and sets off on a crusade against homophobia and sexism. Madame offers a dialogue between this extravagant matriarch and her gay grandson, challenging the taboos of gender and sexuality.

Madame screens In Competition for The Lamplighter Award for Best Feature Film.

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