From feminist director and provocateur Monika Treut comes this eclectic collection of four short documentaries profiling unconventional women. “Bondage” features a sadomasochistic lesbian explaining the appeal of pain; “Annie” centers on porn star turned sexual performance artist Annie Sprinkle; controversial author and professor Camille Paglia sounds off in “Dr. Paglia”; and a female-to-male transsexual is the subject of “Max.” For adults only.
Monika Treut, born April 6, 1954, in Mönchengladbach, made her high school exam at a state-run school for girls and subsequently started to study German studies and political science and graduated with a state examination in 1978.
From 1974 on, already during her studies, and until 1982, she worked at several media centres, for instance, in Marburg, Frankfurt, and in Berlin where she organized film screenings and was involved in the production of video documentaries.
In 1984, she did her PhD in Marburg with a thesis about the image of women in the writings of de Sade and Sacher-Masoch and became a doctor of philology. In the same year, she set up the production company “Hyäne I/II Filmproduktion” together with Elfie Mikesch in Hamburg.
One year later, Treut finished her debut film for the movie screen, the experimental feature film “Verführung: Die grausame Frau” (“Seduction: The Cruel Woman”) about the sadomasochistic experiences of a group of fairly different… read more