image+nation35: the oldest LGBT2SQ+ film festival in Canada is back in theaters + online from November 17 to 27, 2022

IMAGE+NATION FILM FESTIVAL LGBT2SQUEER MONTREAL celebrates its 35th edition with special Ukrainian and Iranian programs as well as the launch of the I+N@PHI x FMC/CMF series

MARK YOUR CALENDAR November 17-27, 2022

picture+nation, the first LGBT2SQ+ film festival in Canada, is an innovative platform for queer stories. Born more than three decades ago, it reaches an important milestone this year by celebrating, from November 17 to 27, its 35th anniversary!

image+nation35 offers a series of indoor and virtual screenings in order to offer its loyal audience, as well as neophytes, the crème de la crème of queer films of 2022. Once again this year, the renewed support of the Canada Media Fund (FMC) at the festival as a presenting partner, has made it possible to concoct a memorable edition worthy of this great anniversary, to be discovered on the big screen in Montreal and on the small screen throughout Quebec!

With more than 40 narrative and documentary features as well as 12 compelling short film programs, in theaters and online, image+nation35 presents a multitude of LGBT2SQ+ points of view and identities divided into six sections: Indigenous voices amplifies queer and Two-Spirit Indigenous voices and includes the opening film, ROSIE; Made in Canada brings together the crème de la crème of Canadian cinema; Emerging voices brings together queer stories from Kazakhstan, Poland and Pakistan; R/evolution: the vanguards puts its spotlight on queer seniors; and finally the flagship initiatives of the festival, Focus France and Queerment Quebecspeak for themselves!


To underline the unwavering support to Ukrainian friends and colleagues in this time of war and oppression, image+nation35 ppresents a retrospective of Ukrainian queer cinema, curated and presented by Bohdan Zhuk of Molodist Kyiv International Film Festival. A unique opportunity for the public to discover this little-known culture and learn more about a country whose stories rarely find their way to Quebec screens.


In support of the current protests in Iran and the relentless struggle of Iranian women (and men) for a secular and democratic Iran, image+nation35 pproposes a program of short films directed by women and focusing on the lives of women in Iran. These short films illustrate the struggles and efforts that Iranian women must make to gain freedom and, above all, their autonomy in a repressive and oppressive society.


In collaboration with the FMC, image+nation35 inaugurates the I+N@PHI x FMC/CMFa series of discussion meetings with filmmakers and directors of series and video games at PHI Center. Among the guests are Gail Maurice, Thom Fitzgerald, Julien Cadieux and VT Nayani.


Thursday 17 November – 7 p.m. – Cinéma Moderne
Kateryna Gornostai – Ukraine – 2021 – 122 min

Masha, Yana and Senia are finishing their last year in high school. In their biology class filled with green plants, our young protagonists will have to learn not only the physical signs of stress, as described by their teacher, but also to know themselves.

Friday, November 18 – 7 p.m. – Imperial Cinema
Gail Maurice – Canada – 2022 – 90 min

ROSIE, the feature debut of Métis writer, director and actress Gail Maurice, takes us to the fringes of 1980s Montreal, through the eyes of a sweet, suddenly orphaned Indigenous girl and her newly chosen family. Evoking the Sixties Scoop and the disconnection of Indigenous identity, ROSIE is an ode to finding a loving family when your blood ties have been erased from the background.

Sunday, November 27 – 7 p.m. – Imperial Cinema
Hannes Þór Halldórsson – Iceland – 2021 – 98 min

SECRET COPit’s the kind of big-budget cop spoof queer audiences aren’t usually entitled to, with the DNA of DIE HARD and the zing of Austin Powers goofiness. When Reykjavik experiences a series of enigmatic crimes, an ever-closeted “super cop” and a pansexual crimefighter band together to crack the case and strike up a romance.


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Pioneer of LGBT2SQ+ cinema for more than 30 years, picture+nation is dedicated to spreading LGBT2SQ+ stories and experiences. picture+nation is an inclusive 11-day annual festival, the longest running of its kind in Canada, showcasing award-winning films from Canada and beyond that preserve the authenticity and diversity of LGBT2SQ+ voices.

The mission ofpicture+nation is to represent, protect and support current and future generations of queer creators and seeks to build empathy with Canadian and international audiences by sharing our stories through new online initiatives.

picture+nation is also currently developing a series of educational and mentorship programs dedicated to emerging content development, such as I+N Exploreinaugurated in 2016, the brand new I+N StoryLab and our newest initiative: a virtual queer exhibition space aimed at bringing together queer creators to create amazing things.

Now rooted in its fourth decade of spreading LGBT2SQ+ culture, picture+nation now explores new queer histories and their uniqueness/universality while continuing to promote diversity, inclusivity and the many intersectional aspects of queer voices and communities.


the Canada Media Fund (FMC) fosters, develops, finances and promotes the production of Canadian content and applications for all audiovisual platforms. Additionally, it steers content into a competitive global digital environment by supporting industry innovation, rewarding success, fostering diversity of voices and encouraging access to content through industry partnerships. public and private. It receives funding from the Government of Canada and from the country’s cable, satellite and IPTV service providers.


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