Peter von Kant

Directed by François Ozon2022France85 mins

Feeling personally and creatively uninspired, renowned filmmaker Peter von Kant (Denis Ménochet in a larger-than-life performance) discovers a renewed sense of passion when his muse and confidante Sidonie (Isabelle Adjani, ravishing as ever) introduces him to a handsome young actor named Amir (smoldering newcomer Khalil Ben Gharbia).

In his latest provocation, François Ozon (Frameline Award 2006; Summer of 85, Frameline45) turns to one of his film idols, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, for this lurid tale of lust and obsession. Twenty-two years after bringing Fassbinder’s unproduced play Water Drops on Burning Rocks (Frameline24) to the screen, Ozon boldly reimagines one of the late German multi-hyphenate’s most revered works, The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, by reversing the gender spectrum of the all-female original… while recasting the actress who portrayed Petra’s object of desire, Hanna Schygulla, as Peter’s mother.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of one of the landmarks of queer cinema, The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant will also screen as part of Frameline46.


Masks and proof of vaccination are not required for this screening.
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François Ozon
Running Time
85 mins
In French and German with English subtitles
North America
Narrative Features, Closing Night, Fully-Subtitled Films, Only in Theatres
Program Note Writer
Joe Bowman
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