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Female Misbehavior

81 min.
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Annie Sprinkle
Camille Paglia
Max Wolf Valerio
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In four short films, three women and a transgender man talk about their sexuality. In Bondage, Carol, a New York activist in the lesbian leather scene, explains her embrace of sadomasochism. Annie is a portrait of mousy Ellen Steinberg, AKA performance artist Annie Sprinkle, whose eccentric erotic shows give audiences, quite literally, insight into her anatomy. In eloquent and provocative dialogue, academic and social critic Camille Paglia talks about the differentials within the feminist concept in Dr. Paglia. And finally, in Max, the subject describes the emotional and physical changes wrought by his transformation from lesbian Anita to heterosexual Max Valerio … A pioneer of queer cinema in Germany, Monika Treut plumbed the various expressions of deviant sexuality long before Madonna’s song and adage “express yourself” made them acceptable to the cultural mainstream. In this film, her subjects’ unfiltered testimonials turn their “female misbehaviour” into a demonstration of female self-empowerment.

BIOGRAFIE Monika Treut

Born in Mönchengladbach, Germany in 1954, she studied literature in Marburg/Lahn, graduating in 1982. She worked with video from 1976 and founded the Hyäne/Hyena film production company with Elfi Mikesch in 1984. She has directed numerous award-winning films about feminism, gender, sexuality and human rights in countries such as the USA, Brazil and Taiwan. Her comedy MY FATHER IS COMING (1991) was followed by a number of documentaries including DAS ROHE UND DAS GEKOCHTE (THE RAW AND THE COOKED) which screened in Culinary Cinema in 2012. She also lectures at colleges and universities.

At the 67th Berlin International Film Festival Berlin Monika Treut was awarded with the SPECIAL TEDDY AWARD.

FILMOGRAFIE Monika Treut (selection)

2016 Zona Norte  2014 Von Mädchen und Pferden  2012 Das Rohe und das Gekochte  2009 Ghosted  2009 Ghosted (ai-mei)  2005 Den Tigerfrauen wachsen Flügel   2001 Kriegerin des Lichts  1999 Gendernauts - Eine Reise durch die Geschlechter   1998 Didn't Do It For Love  1992 Dr. Paglia  1992 Max  1992 Female Misbehavior  1991 My Father Is Coming  1989 Annie  1988 Die Jungfrauenmaschine  1985 Verführung: Die grausame Frau 

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