The Cleveland International Film Festival promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community.
Country: UNITED STATES
Run Time: 105 minutes
Returning to CIFF after more than two decades, queer cinema pioneer Todd Stephens completes his “Ohio Trilogy” with the bittersweet SWAN SONG. While his previous films—EDGE OF SEVENTEEN and GYPSY 83—followed young outcasts coming into adulthood, this final installment is a different kind of coming-of-age story. The film follows Pat Pitsenbarger, a formerly flamboyant hairdresser living in Sandusky, OH. Once the finest stylist for all the socialites in town, he’s now stuck in a drab nursing home. Having lost his partner, house, and the community he once held dear, Pat has all but given up. But then the will of his recently deceased ex-best friend requests his services for her final makeover. Despite clinging to old grudges, Pat flees the nursing home and begins a trek across town that will force him to confront the life he’s left behind. Featuring the aptly cast Udo Kier in a funny, fabulous, and touching performance, SWAN SONG is a loving homage to all the inspiring out, proud queens of decades past. — D.O.
CIFF45 Streams On Demand
Thursday, April 08, 2021 at 11:00 AM -
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 11:59 PM
Streams Access: United States and US Territories
Closed Captions: Yes
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No
Local Heroes Competition
Todd Stephens, Eric Eisenbrey, Stephen Israel, Rhet Topham, Tim Kaltenecker
Jackson Warner Lewis
Spencer Schilly, Santiago Figueira Wilson
Udo Kier, Jennifer Coolidge, Linda Evans, Michael Urie, Roshon Thomas