"A savagely sexy queer erotic thriller, explores just how messily complex retribution can be." - Wendy Ide, Observer (UK)

"Brave, fierce and unpredictable, and unquestionably one of the real must-see films of 2023." - Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, AWFJ.org

As drag artist Aphrodite Banks, Jules (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett) is a celebrated and beloved performer who, following a vicious homophobic attack, withdraws from his vibrant life. When he encounters his attacker (George MacKay)—who does not recognize him—in a gay sauna, he seizes the opportunity to enact revenge, entering into a complicated relationship with the closeted Preston, and infiltrating his world of hyper-masculinity and internalized homophobia. Anchored by two powerhouse performances, FEMME is a fearless game of cat-and-mouse. Post screening discussion following the 3:45 p.m. showtime on Saturday, March 30, facilitated by Aster Gilbert (they/them), Manager of Training and Public Education, Center on Halsted. Opens exclusively at the Film Center. 

Awards & Nominations

Winner - Best Joint Lead Performance (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, George MacKay), British Independent Film Award
Winner - Best Director, Fantasia Film Festival
Nominee - Best Feature Film, Berlin International Film Festival

The Film Center is ADA accessible. This presentation will be projected without open captions. The theater is hearing-loop equipped. For accessibility requests, please email filmcenter@saic.edu