MADAME is out on DVD in France. A beautiful object, manufactured and distributed by Outplay!
Available now in retail stores or online (FNAC, Amazon, etc.)
MADAME available wordwide from January 15 until February 15, 2021 on
Watch now in more than 90 countries, subtitled in 10 languages, and for free in Latin America, Africa, South East Asia, South Korea, Poland, Romania and Russia/CEI.
MADAME selected for the new education program VISIONS DU REEL AT SCHOOL, offering the film to classes for free in Switzerland, along with an educational kit to address homophobia and sexism at school.
Madame wins its 12th Award! Best Documentary at FIRE! Mostra Internacional de Cinema Gai i Lesbià de Barcelona! Muchísimas gracias a Antoine Leonetti y todo el equipe del festival!
The editor Natali Barrey is nominated for Best Editing at the most prestigious Film Editing Festival in Germany EDIMOTION for MADAME! Congratulations, well deserved!
MADAME selected at Festival IN&OUT in Nice, Cannes and Toulon!
Cannes: Friday 4 September 2020 19h15 Cinéma Les Arcades
Nice: Sunday 13 September 2020 19h30 Cinéma Le Mercury (I will be present))
Toulon: Sunday 27 September
More infos: official site IN&OUT
And MADAME is also selected at Festival VUES D’EN FACE in Grenoble
Screening Sunday 20 September 13h30 Cinéma Le Club
“A grace and a tenderness that go straight to the heart.” Le Monde
“An example.” Libération
“Touching and luminous.” Le Canard Enchaîné
“A jewel.” Elle Magazine
“Overwhelming by its sobriety and sincerity.” Le Nouvel Obs
“Intelligent and profound.” Ouest France
“Deeply touching.” Première
“Majestic. Simple. Superb.” French Mania
“Beautiful and moving like when you hug someone you love.” 20 Minutes
“A documentary love-letter to a high-powered grandma. Reality-TV before its time. A deeply personal film.” France TV Info
“Stéphane Riethauser exposes himself to challenge gender issue, to flinch us, to implicate us. A movie film about two people who emancipated from male domination.” L’Humanité
“What if the best stories were our own? What if the biggest adventure was just trying to be oneself? A heart-rending, political home-movie, Madame shows us the fabrication of an identity through the prism of a family, its hidden corners, its tacit rules and its orderly celebrations.” Têtu Magazine
“The strength of Madame is to link the intimate with the political, mirroring our collective experience, without demonizing it, only striving to understand. It is without a doubt a message of public interest: Madame gives hope, reminding us that human beings are not determined but free to change and to love.” Le Bleu du Miroir
“Tender, funny and universal. Frankly captivating.” Chacun cherche son film
“Disarmingly accurate. Striking. A total success.” Zibeline
“Visually remarkable. Beautiful and intelligent.” Cinemaccro
“You are moved. You laugh, you cry. A pure masterpiece.” Fou de Théâtre
“With Madame, Stéphane Riethauser somehow invented the ‘feel good documentary’. Glorious.” FroggyDelight
“Sublime images. Unapologetic, ambitious cinema, sometimes overwhelming, sometimes funny, sometimes annoying but always of exemplary sincerity and honesty.” Komitid.fr
“Woven with moving archives material, lifted by a romantic fluidity and a captivating soundtrack, the film permanently changes the tone. We laugh, we cry. Magic of the editing, or delicacy of the glance? Even the painful moments are told with tenderness.” Arthur Dreyfus, Magazine ArtPassions
“Everybody will find something particular in this luminous story, whether about the construction of one’s sexual identity or about the relationship we have with our forebears. An enchanting film.” A voir à lire
“By subliming the anecdotic of what is shown, this biography immediately takes a universal dimension, without losing an intense subjectivity that goes straight to the heart. An exceptional documentary.” Bande à part
“A magnificent documentary about the difficulty to emancipate from the expectations of the others.” Les Ecrans Terribles
“A sincere work, full of humanity, touching the universal. A must see.” P.A.F. / Pop and Films
“Astonishing and touching.” Unification France
“A hymn to love, difference and self-acceptation.” Spoon of Moon
“A documentary of rare sensitivity.” Placement libre
“An ode to freedom and independence.” Tribu Move
“Stéphane Riethauser offers a poignant, previously unseen perspective on internalized homophobia and sexism, and on the queer ways to get out of it.” Le Polyester
“A documentary that is more than necessary.” Zickma.fr
“A troubling, beautiful double portrait of a conservative young boy going through the difficult path of becoming a gay man and of the lady that was, even more than his own mother, the woman of his life.” Sens Critique
Ukraine Premiere at the 49th International Molodist Film Festival in Kiev.
Screening in the cinema Aug. 28 + 29, 2020.
Followed by a Q&A with curator Bohdan Zhuk.
Thank you Swiss Films for their support.
African Premiere at 20th ENCOUNTERS South African International Documentary Film Festival.
Online screening Aug 25th, followed by a live conversation with curator Peter Machen, you can watch it here.
Thank you Swiss Films for their support.
27 May 2020 – MADAME wins its 11th Award in Greece!
Special Jury Mention Mermaid Award at the 22nd Thessaloniki International Documentary Film Festival
“For its inventive use of music and archives in an intimate video diary that succeeds in breaking the boundaries of a boy’s personal confession/coming out to his grandmother to become a moving universal essay on the concepts of toxic masculinity, patriarchy, homophobia and femininity, as well as an act of reconciliation between the past and the present in a world that’s struggling to change.” (Jury)
MADAME opens on April 23, 2020 on VOD in Germany and Austria!
Exclusively at the Salzgeber Club!
Watch the movie for only 4,90 €!
Cinema release France on March 18, 2020!
Special previews in presence of Stéphane Riethauser:
– Saint-Michel-sur-Orge, Thursday 12 March – 20h15, Espace Marcel Carné
– Blois, Friday 13 March – 20h, Cap Ciné Les Lobis
– Rennes, Saturday 14 March – 14h30, Cinéma Les Champs Libres
– Dieppe, Sunday 15 March – 16h, Cinéma Grand Forum (cancelled!)
and in Paris, Wednesday 18 March – 20h30 at Mk2 Beaubourg!
Madame nominated for Best Documentary at the Swiss Film Awards 2020!
Announced in Solothurn on January 23rd on the Nomination Night
Award Ceremony on March 27, 2020 in Zürich.
(Update 12.3.2020: Award Ceremony cancelled! 😢)
Madame nominated for Audience Award at the 55. Solothurner Filmtage 2020!
Madame wins two more awards!
Thank you so much!!
MADAME opens in cinemas in Germany on December 12, 2019!
– Hamburg: Kino Metropolis
–> Special: Monday Dec 16th at 7pm, , with Stéphane Riethauser
– Frankfurt im Mal Seh’n Kino
– Dresden im Kino im Dach
– Nürnberg im Filmhaus, starts 19.12.
– Leipzig im Kinobar Prager Frühling starts 12.1.2020
“Eine doppelte Emanzipationsgeschichte, bewegend und erhellend zugleich.” Spiegel Online
„Der Film ist diskret, aber deutlich, er zeigt, wie es sein soll: die Liebe als eine Eruption, wie Lava.“ Süddeutsche Zeitung
„Ein humorvolles Portrait.“ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ NZZ am Sonntag
„Dem Filmemacher geht es um mehr als um seine Autobiografie: Er macht anschaulich, wie durch öffentliche Bilder und Sprache die heteronormativen Geschlechtercharaktere in die Körper eingeschrieben und „Männer“ und „Frauen“ modelliert werden.“ Kino-zeit.de
„So subjektiv Riethausers Ansatz auch ist, durch seinen klugen Blick auf das Spezielle seines eigenen Lebens, gelingt es ihm Allgemeingültiges über die Gesellschaft zu erzählen und einen Film zu drehen, der nicht nur Homosexuelle angeht, sondern vor allem auch Heterosexuelle.“ Programmkino.de
„Ein feinfühliges Doppelporträt über zwei Leben, die aus heteronormativen Strukturen ausgebrochen sind.“ Queer.de
„Riethauser hat sein vielfältiges Material in einer Weise übereinandergeschichtet, dass visuelle und akustische Ebene gezielt auseinanderklaffen. Die einzelnen Teile fügen sich dabei wie Puzzlestücke zusammen, bis ein Panorama einer patriarchalischen Gesellschaft entsteht, die jeden Menschen in Raster pressen will.“ Sissy Magazin
„Ein unterhaltsames, starkes und schön privates Doppelporträt, das man sehen sollte – sei es, dass man seine Oma vermisst, seine Mutter schätzt oder weil man verstehen will, wie stark auch heute noch scheinbar längst überholte Stereotypen das Leben prägen.“ Blu Magazin
„Madame ist ein bewegendes Familienporträt, ein mutiges Zeitdokument und ein pointierter Appell an die Akzeptan.“ Filmexplorer
“A progressive, feminist, humanist, deeply intimate film. A necessary film.” Le 19:30, journal Radio Télévision Suisse RTS (2:57 min)
“A manifesto, a declaration of love.” Le 12:45, journal Radio Télévision Suisse RTS (11:51 min)
“A little miracle. A movie that keeps opening up to the world, that welcomes everyone in his lap.” La Tribune de Genève
“A wonder of sensitivity and relevance.” Le Matin Dimanche
“Very beautiful, both poetic and disturbing, funny and revolting. A moving documentary.” Le Temps
“Luminous and humanistic.” 24 Heures
“Virtuose” (In)Culture, Stéphane Gobbo, Le Temps
“Admirable. Savory. Deeply moving.” Vertigo, RTS La Première (6:28 min)
“A self-portrait without concession, of brutal honesty. An anthem to the conquest of freedom.” La Liberté
“A movie that comes out of the beaten path and opens the minds.” Daily Movies Magazine
“A fascinating self-portrait, a film that breaks taboos.” Magazine 360
“Deeply moving. A jewel to enjoy without moderation.” Radio Cité Genève
“Poignant and universal.” ArcInfo
“A touching and tender film.” Radio Neuchâtel, Fréquence Jura
MADAME is out in selected theatres in Switzerland!
Full house at Bio Cinema in Carouge in presence of Mrs. Ruth Dreifuss, former President of the Swiss Confederation for the Gala Premiere.
Thank you to the audience for this incredible warm welcome!
After the awards received in Madrid and Buenos Aires, MADAME continues its world tour 2019. Here’s the program until November:
– Portuguese Premiere at Queer Porto Festival (Oct 18)*
– Italian Premiere at Bologna Gender Bender Festival (Oct 30)*
– Uruguayan Premiere at Llamale H Festival in Montevideo (Nov 2)
– UK Premiere at Festival QWF Northampton (Nov 9)
– International Competition at 46. Duisburger Filmwoche Germany (Nov 9)*
– Czech Premiere at Prag Mezipatra Festival (Nov 8 Prag, Nov 19 Brno)
– French Premiere at Escales Documentaires à La Rochelle (Nov 10)
– Belgian Premiere at Festival Pink Screens in Bruxelles (Nov 10)*
– US Premiere at DOC NYC in New York (Nov 13)*
– International Competition at 36. Kasseler DokFest Germany (Nov 17)
– Chinese Premiere at Golden Horse International Film Festival Taïpei (Nov 18, 19)*
– Hungarian Premiere at Verzio Human Rights Film Festival (Nov 12-17)
– In Competition at Festival Chéries-Chéris, Paris (Nov 23)
– Canadian Premiere at Festival Image+Nation à Montréal (Nov 24)*
– Rome Independent Film Festival (Nov 15-22)
– Paris, special screening, Swiss Cultural Center (Dec 5)*
– Rome, special screening, Swiss Institute (Dec 13)*
*Catch me in one of these cities, I will be there!
Tuesday October 22 at 8:30pm, Premiere at Cinema Bio in Carouge in presence of the film team and of Mrs. Ruth Dreifuss, former President of the Swiss Confederation, protagonist of the film.
Stéphane Riethauser will be present at all screenings listed here:
22.10 20h30 Carouge, Cinéma Bio
24.10 20h Pully, Cinéma CityClub
25.10 18h30 Neuchâtel, Cinéma Rex
25.10 20h30 La Chaux-de-Fonds, Scala
26.10 18h30 Delémont, Cinémont
27.10 12h Fribourg, Rex
27.10 18h Sainte-Croix, Royale
30.10 12h Zürich, Arthouse Le Paris, Lunchkino
31.10 19h Luzern, Stattkino
01.11 20h Frauenfeld, Luna Kino
02.11 20h Winterthur, Cameo
03.11 11h St. Gallen, KinoK
04.11 18h30 Bern, Quinnie Movie2
05.11 18h15 Monthey, Cinéma Plaza
06.11 18h15 Bulle, Cinémotion Prado
07.11 19h30 Orbe, Cinéma Urba
08.11 18h15 Payerne, Apollo
08.11 20h30 Chexbres, Cinéma de Chexbres
10.11 10h30 Vallée de Joux, Cinéma La Bobine
Also in Vevey at Cinérive Rex, in Château d’Oex Cinéma Eden, in Basel at Kino Atelier, in Aarau at Freier Film, etc.
All locations and schedules on Cineman.ch
South American Premiere in Argentina!
Official selection at the 7th International Documentary Film Festival of Buenos Aires FIDBA!
– Friday Sept 6th 2019 at Cinema Gaumont at 2:45pm
– Saturday Sept 7th 2019 at Cinema Cosmos at 9pm
Madame conquiers the 72nd Locarno International Film Festival!
Laughs, tears and applause during the screening, in presence of Ruth Dreifuss, former President of the Swiss Confederation, protagonist of the film, and Alain Berset, member of the Federal Council, Head of the Federal Departement of Home Affairs.
Thank you to the sharp audience for this overwhelming warm welcome!
Stéphane Riethauser guest of La Puce à l’Oreille Thursday April 4 2019 at 22h45 on Swiss Radio Television RTS1 to talk about MADAME
The first 20 min. of the show are dedicated to MADAME
Click here to watch the show (in French)
(need a VPN connected to Switzerland)
MADAME is selected in International Competition Burning Lights and will be presented at the official Swiss National TV RTS night
Saturday April 6th 2019 at 7:30 pm
at Théâtre de Marens, Nyon
Sunday April 7th at 11:45 am
at Cinema Capitole Leone, Nyon
preceded by a “Morning Talks” session at the festival centre with the film team
Infos Festival, Tickets
All screenings open to the public