CIFF47: PSQ March 22 – April 1, 2023 | Streams April 2 – April 9, 2023

Swan Song

Year: 2021
Language: English
Run Time: 105 minutes

Swan Song
Swan Song

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 Screenings

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
Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: Yes
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No


Local Heroes Competition


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Todd Stephens

Jackson Warner Lewis

Spencer Schilly, Santiago Figueira Wilson

Principal Cast
Udo Kier, Jennifer Coolidge, Linda Evans, Michael Urie, Roshon Thomas

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