The Visitor

The Visitor is a British-set reimagining of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s 1968 film Teorema. Pasolini’s enigmatic protagonist, known to everyone as “the visitor”, arrives at the house of an upper-class family and seduces each family member one after the other. When he suddenly departs, he leaves behind an emptiness for which the rest attempt to compensate in different ways. In Bruce LaBruce’s The Visitor, it is a refugee who washes up in a small suitcase on the banks of the River Thames in London. He is one of several identical-looking men who simultaneously emerge from suitcases in other locations around the city. Dressed in the guise of a homeless man, he arrives at the house of an upper-class family and gets to know the maid. When she passes him off as her nephew, the family invites him to also work for them as a live-in servant. The guest makes love with each of the residents of the house one after the other, depicted in explicit sex scenes. Each member of the household experiences a radical sexual and spiritual transformation.
by Bruce LaBruce
with Bishop Black, Macklin Kowal, Amy Kingsmill, Kurtis Lincoln, Ray Filar, Luca Federici
United Kingdom 2024 English 101’ Colour World premiere


  • Bishop Black (The Visitor)
  • Macklin Kowal (The Father)
  • Amy Kingsmill (The Mother)
  • Kurtis Lincoln (The Son)
  • Ray Filar (The Daughter)
  • Luca Federici (The Maid)


Director Bruce LaBruce
Screenplay Bruce LaBruce, Alex Babboni, Victor Fraga
Cinematography Jack Hamilton
Editing Judy Landkammer
Music Hannah Holland
Sound Design Manuela Schininà
Sound Chen Wissotzky, Kieran Simpson
Visual Effects Thorsten Rienth
Production Design Lily Caccia
Costumes Ema Popaya
Make-Up Laura Jane Sessions
Casting Alex Babboni, Victor Fraga
Producers Victor Fraga, Alex Babboni

Bruce LaBruce

The filmmaker, photographer, writer and artist is based in Toronto. He has written and directed 14 feature films. Hustler White screened in Panorama in 1996 and became his first international box-office success. Gerontophilia won the Grand Prix at the 2013 Festival du Nouveau Cinéma in Montreal. As a photographer, he has had several international exhibitions including “Obscenity” at La Fresh gallery in Madrid which caused a national scandal. His feature film L.A. Zombie premiered at Locarno in 2010 and was banned in Australia. His work screened at the Berlinale several times, most recently in 2017 with The Misandrists, also in Panorama.

Filmography (selection)

1987 Bruce and Pepper Wayne Gacy’s Home Movies; short film · Boy/Girl; short film 1988 Slam!; short film · I Know What It’s Like to be Dead.; short film 1991 No Skin Off My Ass 1994 Super 8 1/2 1996 Hustler White; co-director: Rick Castro 1998 Skin Flick 2004 The Raspberry Reich 2007 Otto; or, Up with Dead People 2008 Give Piece of Ass a Chance; short film 2009 The Bad Breast; or, The Strange Case of Theda Lange; short film 2010 Weekend In Alphaville; short film · L.A. Zombie 2012 Offing Jack; short film 2013 Défense de fumer; short film · Gerontophilia 2014 Pierrot Lunaire; medium-length film 2017 Refugee’s Welcome; short film · The Misandrists · Ulrike’s Brain; medium-length film 2020 Saint Narcisse 2024 The Visitor

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2024