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2022, 100 min

Section: Horizons

  1L1 Friday 1/7 10:00 Lazne III Cinema
  256 Saturday 2/7 22:30 Cinema B
  6K1 Wednesday 6/7 9:00 Drahomíra Cinema

A pornographic classic, its planned film adaptation, and the casting of male actors aged 16 to 99. The result is not an “adults-only” film but a poignant and sensitive performative documentary. Besides reflecting the life of the Viennese prostitute Josephine Mutzenbacher, readings of excerpts from the book introduce us to the diverse participants in the film’s casting, as well as their attitudes, experiences, and intimate histories.


The tale of the Viennese prostitute Josephine Mutzenbacher – inquisitive, submissive, and well below the age of consent – is a pornographic classic and a problematic article of cultural heritage. At a casting call for a new film adaptation, various male candidates aged 16 to 99 read, improvise, sing, discuss, and reflect on selected excerpts from the book, published over a century ago. Documentary filmmaker Ruth Beckermann works with the book as a tool through which men of different generations, nationalities, and sexual orientations can share their own intimate histories. Part performative concept, part original adaptation, part strategic and yet subtle reversal of gender roles.

Šárka Gmiterková

About the director

Ruth Beckermann (1952, Vienna). Selected filmography: Homemad(e) (2001, doc.), American Passages (2011, doc.), Those Who Go Those Who Stay (2013, doc.), The Dreamed Ones (Die Geträumten, 2016, doc.), The Waldheim Waltz (Waldheims Walzer, 2018, doc.), MUTZENBACHER (2022, doc.).


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About the film


Section: Horizons
Director: Ruth Beckermann
Screenplay: Ruth Beckermann, Claus Philipp
Dir. of Photography: Johannes Hammel
Music: VALIE EXPORT, Ingrid/monsti Wiener
Editor: Dieter Pichler
Producer: Ruth Beckermann
Production: Ruth Beckermann Filmproduktion
Contact: Austrian Films

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