Queerly Beloved:
Knife+Heart + Equation to an Unknown

Frances Savel, Yann Gonzalez

Frances Savel, Yann Gonzalez



France, Mexico, Switzerland


2018 / 1980


216 mins, 20 min intermission

Queerly Beloved: Knife+Heart + Equation to an Unknown

It’s time to set your c(l)ocks back to 1979 France for this exclusive double bill of a 2018 Cannes Competition wild card entry, and what is considered to be the best French gay porn ever made.

Set in 1979 on the eve of the AIDS epidemic, Knife + Heart (1h 42m) follows Anne (Vanessa Paradis), a gay porn producer on the hunt for a mysterious masked murderer who has been knocking off her actors one by one. Scored by the director’s brother (Yann Gonzalez of M83), Knife + Heart re-creates a period of sexual freedom and optimism that, like its subjects, was under nascent threat by unseen forces that would soon do irreparable damage.

Equation to an Unknown (1h 34m) is a labyrinth of male fantasies that still leave their protagonist dealing with loneliness as he rides around France’s countryside. Restoring the lost French porn from a film negative, writer-director-musician Yann Gonzalez (M83) credits Equation to an Unknown as his muse for his work in Knife + Heart.

There will be a 20 minute intermission between films.


Queerly Beloved is presented in partnership with Paradise.

    • “Yann Gonzalez delivers a queer spin on a Brian De Palma-style thriller” – Variety (Knife + Heart)
    • “…a raunchy time capsule wrapped in the most tender blanket of romance.” – Film Threat (Knife + Heart)
    • “The most melancholic porn film I’ve ever seen.” – Yann Gonzalez on Equation to an Unknown

Thur Mar 19, 8:30 pm

1006 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario

Curatorial Partners

Government Funder

Inside Out, Canada’s largest LGBTQ film festival and the single largest promoter and distributor of LGBTQ content in Canada, along with the newly restored historic Toronto cinema Paradise Theatre, are proud to announce a partnership on a new film series entitled ‘Queerly Beloved’, ahead of Inside Out’s upcoming 30th anniversary festival taking place May 21-31. The cinema series, running during March 2020, will showcase eighteen (18) independent and influential queer films at Paradise Theatre, all of which have played an important role in shaping the history and narrative of queer cinema, and challenge norms of gender, sexuality, and desire through storytelling.