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Directed by Nick Prokesch and Liesa Kovacs
75 min | 2015 | Austria | Not Rated
Presented in German with English subtitles.
Femme Brutal is an Austrian, feminist, queer, German-language, burlesque documentary, and if you relate to at least one of these words, you will love this film. The performances of the seven queer artists of Club Burlesque Brutal may illicit surprise, delight, and/or disgust. Warning: the head of an obviously fake rat is bitten off, and the name of one of the performers is the C-word.
Be assured, however, that there are also many comedic and musical moments to go along with the shock and awe. The self-ironic and disarmingly honest conversations among the artists about their bodies, sexuality, motivations, anxieties, inhibitions, and exhibitions are intriguing.
Femme Brutal explores the way that nudity and performance are the means for these artists to overcome insecurity and claim power. A naked body, particularly a female and/or queer one, stepping onto a stage with self-confidence and autonomy, becomes a radical act. Liesa Kovacs and Nick Prokesch’s film masterfully incites a wide range of reactions and emotions—from painful to pleasing—that usually are not elicited by the same movie. Be advised that the film does contain nudity and some strong language.
— Marcie Collett
Preceded by the short film
Handsome Girl (14 min) directed by Matthew Smith