Dorothee, a would-be writer and journalist, leaves Germany for the Oz of San Francisco, searching for her long-lost mother and a cure for the malady of love. Installed in the Tenderloin, she peeps in on neighbors’ bizarre sex rituals as well as does sightseeing of the more traditional kind. But encounters with male impersonator Ramona, charming Hungarian bohemian Dominique, and Susie Sexpert, barker for an all-girl strip show, lead to exploratory adventures of self-discovery and fun. When Dorothy surfaces like a dazzled tourist on the wilder shores of the city’s lesbian community, she has discovered her true sexuality… and left some illusions behind. —hyenafilms
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