Northern Banner Releasing has acquired Canadian rights to Bruce LaBruce’s upcoming Venice Giornate degli Autori closing night gala Saint-Narcisse.
Best Friend Forever handles world sales on the film, which takes place in 1972 Canada as a 22-year-old man with a fetish for himself finds the identical twin brother he never knew he had and the mother he thought had died in childbirth.
Once he finds his brother raised by a depraved priest in a remote monastery they reunite with their mother and become embroiled in a web of sex, revenge and redemption.
Saint-Narcisse stars newcomer Felix-Antoine Duval as the twins, Tania Kontoyanni, Alexandra Petrachuk, and Andreas Apergis.
The film received financial support from CBC Films, Telefilm, and SODEC. Nicolas Comeau of 1976 Productions and Paul Scherzer of Six Island Productions serve as producers.
Northern Banner Releasing will release in English-speaking Canada, and A-Z Films will distribute in Quebec.
“We’ve been following Bruce for years and are stoked to share Saint-Narcisse to Canadians and show this artist’s bravery and style to everyone,” said Northern Banner’s Michael Paszt, who brokered the deal with Scherzer.
Canadian provocateur LaBruce’s films include Gerontophilia, which premiered in Venice Giornate degli Autori in 2013, and Berlinale 2014 Teddy Award winner Pierrot Lunaire.