Seduction is revenge.

Experience Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (CANDYMAN) and George Mackay (1917in the jaw-dropping queer revenge thriller from visionary directors Sam H. Freeman and Ng Choon Ping in FEMME.

With his performances as Aphrodite Banks, Jules has a place among London’s celebrated drag artists. One night after a show, he steps out to get some cigarettes and is brutally attacked by a man , out with a gang of his friends. Although Jules is able to recover physically, he withdraws from the outside world, traumatized. Months later, he recognizes his attacker by chance in a gay sauna. Without make-up and wrapped only in a towel, Jules is able to approach the other man incognito and find out who he is. He begins an affair with the closeted Preston, with a plan to take his revenge.

“A thrilling, transgressive, erotic thriller.” (Screen Daily)

“An uncompromising fusion of genre fireworks and measured, thoughtful character study.” (Variety)

“As a thriller it absolutely works, but as a film that speaks to a very real thing, it’s even better.” (FilmWeek)

“The film avoids a cut-and-dried triumphalism for something more slippery and, perhaps, more meaningful, too…” (New York Times)

“Sexually charged and riddled with tension, ‘Femme’ redresses the noir genre and may leave audiences biting their nails to the nub.” (Rotten Tomatoes)

Tuesday, May 7
Doors 9:00 pm | Movie 9:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time.
Advance tickets HERE

FEMME (Sam H. Freeman, Ng Choon Ping, 2023 / 100 mins / 18A) Follows Jules, who is targeted in a horrific homophobic attack, destroying his life and career. Some time after that event he encounters Preston, one of his attackers, in a gay sauna. He wants revenge.

*Must be 19+ w/ID for entry and bar service.
*Rio Theatre Groupons and passes OK. Please redeem at the door.

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*Our box office is typically open 30 minutes before showtime. All seating is General Admission; please arrive 20-30 minutes prior to showtime to ensure great seats, and time for treats at concession.
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*All Rio Theatre tickets are final sale.

Jules is a drag artist in London who withdraws into himself and loses his career after a horrific attack. Months later, he recognizes one of his assailants in a gay sauna and quickly realizes he has the perfect opportunity to get revenge.

About The Rio

Voted the #1 Independent Theatre in Vancouver, the Rio Theatre is a multimedia venue featuring arthouse, mainstream and cult-classic cinemas as well as live entertainment. Built in 1938, the Rio has been fully restored with a state of the art digital projector, surround sound, a huge stage and 420 luxurious seats.

1660 East Broadway, Vancouver, BC

Phone: 604.879.3456

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