Angélique Bosio (France, Special Presentations)
Friday, May 6, 9 p.m.
Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor Street West)
Saturday, May 7, 8:45.m.
TIFF Bell Lightbox 2 (350 King Street West)
Despite a fascinating subject in Toronto queer/art/zombie/porn director Bruce LaBruce, and a slew of interesting interviews, The Advocate for Fagdom is surprisingly underwhelming. Partially due to its pace, and partially to an overabundance of shots of people sitting down and talking, this film feels like it drags on forever, even though it hands out a small nugget of awesome every five minutes or so.
LaBruce—who we learn chose his pseudonym because he is Bruce from Bruce County, Ontario—is one of Toronto’s increasingly less-hidden gems and a pioneer in the homocore/gay punk movement. Known for films that contain graphic sex while pushing political boundaries, he’s a legend among his peers, including John Waters and Gus Van Sant (who are both interviewed in the film). Representative quote: “Cumming on Mein Kampf is a little different than a regular porn movie,” Waters notes partway through the film.
Also featured is the hilariously attired Harmony Korine, who steals the show with both the bizarre things he says and with his get-up of desert robes, a straw hat, and several oddly placed Band-aids on his face.