Toshio Matsumoto’s shattering, kaleidoscopic masterpiece is one of the most subversive and intoxicating films of the late 1960s. Loosely adapted from Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex and set in Tokyo’s dazzling underground gay scene, the film follows Eddie, a transgender hostess at the Bar Genet, who has ignited a violent love triangle with drag queen Leda and the club’s owner Gonda. Blending documentary interviews, fictional narratives, and his own unrestrained avant-garde footage, Matsumoto leads us into a dizzying whirl of images and sounds.
Dir. Toshio Matsumoto | Japan | 1969 | 105 min
Part of Queer East Film Festival, a season-long festival across the UK showcasing rarely seen LGBTQ+ cinema from East and Southeast Asia. Explore the full programme: https://queereast.co/2020
18th December 2020 • 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
8.49 – 10.49