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Mutzenbacher
Mutzenbacher

Director(s): Ruth BeckermannAT100 min.2022
65%(15 ratings)
Categoriesdocumentary
Accessibilitynot suitable for minors under 15 years of age
LanguagesGerman (orig.)
SubtitlesEnglish, slovak
Black and white / colourcolor

Whether the erotic novel Josefina Mutzenbacher – the autobiographical story of a Viennese whore, published in 1906 – is true or not has been debated for decades. It is most often attributed to Felix Salten, author of the children's book Bambi, a Life in the Woods, but playwright Arthur Schnitzler has also been considered. The director experiments with the text, confronting random male readers between the ages of 16 and 99 who have auditioned. She places the text from the Viennese fin de siécle in a new context of individual and collective attitudes towards sexual life and its wide range of diverse meanings. "I wanted the film to be subversive, and of course it’s also a provocation to confront the audience with this text, especially in times when everything is infused with new morality, political correctness and linguistic rules," says the director in an interview.

The film won the Encounters section at the Berlin 2022 IFF.

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Projection of Mutzenbacher at IFF Art Film 2023
Around the Neighbourhood
10:30
21. Jun
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11:30
22. Jun
Film was already screened