QueendomFrance, United States, 2023 : Alberta Premiere
Gena, a queer artist from a small town in Russia, stages radical performances in public that become a new form of art and activism—and put her life in danger.
Dressing in otherworldly costumes made from junk and tape, Gena protests the government in Moscow. Born and raised on the harsh streets of Magadan, a frigid outpost of the Soviet gulag, Gena is only 21. She stages radical performances in public that become a new form of art and activism. By doing that, she wants to change people’s perception of beauty and queerness and bring attention to the harassment of the LGBTQ+ community. The performances—often dark, strange, evocative, and queer at their core — are a manifestation of Gena’s subconscious. But they come at a price.
London Film Festival 2023
Sydney Film Festival 2023
Vancouver International Film Festival 2023
Agniia Galdanova is a Sundance and IDFA-supported documentary film director. Her previous film ONE STEP FORWARD, ONE STEP BACK about a family’s dream to live far from civilization in the Altai Mountains premiered at the Message to Man International Film Festival. QUEENDOM is her second feature film.
press for Queendom
"Poignant and raw, QUEENDOM is posed to be one of the best documentaries of 2023."- Film Inquiry
"Unfolding in the heart of Russia, both geographically and ideologically, Agniia Galdanova’s debut documentary feature begins as a profile of an extraordinary individual and becomes a communal howl of protest."- Screen International