Project Description


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Title: Madame
Direction: Stéphane Riethauser
Cast: Stéphane Riethauser, Caroline Della Beffa
Production: Stéphane Riethauser, Lambda Prod
Distribution: Sweet Spot Docs
Genre: Documentary
Duration: 94’
Country: Switzerland
Year: 2019

Festivals: Buenos Aires (documentaries), Duisburg (documentaries), Kassel (documentaries), Kerala, La Rochelle (documentaries), Locarno, Madrid (Documenta), Mont-Real (image+nation, LGBT), Nova York (documentaries), Nyon (Visions du réel), París (Chéries-Chéris, LGBT), Porto (Queer), Praga (Meziprata, Queer), Taipei (Golden Horse), Zurich (Pink Apple, LGBT)

First showing in Barcelona

Madame, that’s Caroline. A flamboyant 90 year-old grandmother who immediately makes it clear that there is more to her than just a coquettish hairstyle and bourgeois manners. The focal point of the movie is the relationship with her grandson, filmmaker Stéphane Riethauser. Madame is a double self-portrait, in which the matriarch and her gay grandson confide in each other. With humour but in a profound manner and with subversive force, the film deconstructs gender stereotypes and illustrates the saga of a middle-class family with marvellous archive pictures. Stéphane Riethauser shows his intense life journey: the reluctance to live out his homosexuality openly, the imposition of patriarchal gender roles, and the effort to reverse them in one’s personal, family and social life.

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