24th TDF: Greek Premiere

An audition for men aged between 16 and 99. There are no props nor make-up, just pure improvisation. All that is required is the willingness to engage openly with the topic and language of the words on the page. No small challenge, since the text in question is the scandalous novel published anonymously in 1906 Josefine Mutzenbacher, or the Life Story of a Viennese Whore, as Told by Herself which, as this film confirms, continues to be the subject of passionate and controversial discussions about desire, even today. What might be world-class pornographic literature for some is seen by others as an abusive depiction of child sexuality. A cinematic experiment poised between imagination and identity that neither negates nor invokes its central taboo. For this reason, it tells us a lot, not least about “#Me” as well as #MeToo.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Ruth Beckermann
Script: Ruth Beckermann, Claus Philipp
Cinematography: Johannes Hammel
Editing: Dieter Pichler
Sound: Andreas Hamza
Production: Ruth Beckermann Filmproduktion
Producers: Ruth Beckermann
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Austria
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 101΄
Awards/Distinctions: Encounters Award– Berlin IFF 2022

Ruth Beckermann


1983 Return to Vienna
1987 Paper Bridge
1996 East of War
1999 A Fleeting Passage to the Orient
2006 Zorros Bar Mizwa
2011 American Passages
2016 The Dreamed Ones