For MQFF33’s Opening and Closing Night only, we’re screening at the historic Art Deco theatre, The Astor. Our Opening Night film, I Love You, Beksman, and Closing Night drag-extravaganza, Solo, both include a fabulous celebratory party with complimentary hospitality by MQFF partners: Squealing Pig Wines, Melbourne Gin Company and Mountain Goat Beer. Meet the filmmakers, fellow queer cinephiles, and celebrate the season with pride at these MQFF Keystone events – tickets are selling fast!

TRAIN – Windsor Station, 5 minute walk
TRAM – Tram routes 64 or 5 to stop 32 or tram route 78 to stop 42.



Opening Night – Love You, Beksman, 2022

Closing Night – Solo, 2023

Thu 9 Nov – 7:30 PM

The coming-out story gets a fabulous, Filipinx makeover in Perci M. Intalan’s hilarious, high-camp and heartfelt inverted rom-com. Twenty-something Dali is a flamboyant make-up artist and fashion designer who astonishes his gloriously queer family and colleagues by coming out as… straight? Yes, it seems he’s fallen for Angel, a beauty pageant queen. But such is everyone’s astonishment that no one – Angel included – believes him. And so begins a quest for this most fabulous of purported straight men to become a convincing, straight-acting, straight man – for that is surely the way to a woman’s heart, no?

Sun 19 Nov – 7:30 PM

Simon (rising star Théodore Pellerin) is a skilled make-up artist who, by night, is a mainstay of Montreal’s exuberant drag scene. His performances are elevated upon hooking up with the charismatic Olivier (Félix Maritaud), a French drag artiste who becomes his partner on and off stage. Their chemistry is electric… yet might not Olivier be a touch… manipulative – nay, domineering? When word reaches Simon that his long-absent opera diva mother, Claire (Anne-Marie Cadieux) will be passing through town, Simon struggles with validation issues. Are either capable of affording him the respect he so yearns for?



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