Film star Annie, a well-known porn queen, is a performance artist. She transforms herself from a plain Jane into a big wild cat with high-heeled shoes and a widow's veil. In the film DEAD RINGERS , she demystifies David Cronenberg's gynecological hysteria with a single gesture: when she inserts a speculum, she gives the spectator a view inside her vagina.


  • Runtime

    10 min
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  • Year of Presentation

  • Year of Production

  • Director

    Monika Treut
  • Cast

    Annie Sprinkle
  • Production Company

    Hyena Films
  • Berlinale Section

  • Berlinale Category

    Short Film

Biography Monika Treut

Born in Mönchengladbach, Germany in 1954, she completed a PhD in literature at Marburg in 1984. She began working with video in 1976 and founded Hyena Films with Elfi Mikesch in 1984. Her feature and documentary films have shaped Queer Cinema for over 35 years. The love story Seduction: The Cruel Woman, the sex melodrama Virgin Machine and the comedy My Father is Coming were followed by a series of documentaries including the multi-award-winning trans-futuristic Gendernauts. Her films have featured at the Berlinale 13 times already; in 2017, she received the TEDDY AWARD for her lifetime achievement. She also teaches at universities in California and New York and, since 2018, has been Deputy Professor of Media at the University of Hildesheim.

Filmography Monika Treut

1985 Verführung: Die grausame Frau | 1991 My Father Is Coming | 1992 Dr. Paglia | 1998 Didn't Do It For Love | 2001 Kriegerin des Lichts | 2005 Den Tigerfrauen wachsen Flügel | 2009 Ghosted | 2012 Das Rohe und das Gekochte | 2014 Von Mädchen und Pferden | 2016 Zona Norte