Somewhere in Ger(wo)many ... A radical female ‘army of lovers’ is preparing itself for a final revolution. Women are discussing, campaigning, menstruating and pondering the decline of patriarchy, learning about single sex reproduction, and having sex. But then of all people a young soldier appears, seeking refuge at this feminist convent. This brings their strict superintendent on the scene and ‘big mother’ is not amused. But one question remains: is it possible to have equality in a corrupt system? Or will cocks need to roll first?! As if Valerie Solanas had directed an episode of ‘Confessions of a Sixth Form Girl’, Bruce LaBruce’s latest piece of shenanigans revolves around a utopian world without men. The Canadian director, experienced Berlinale guest and Teddy award winner (for Pierrot Lunaire) presents a merry, anarchic squad of protagonists; political slogans roll as easily off their tongues as religious acclamations. Their sermons are – naturally – rounded off with ‘A(wo)men’. Sarcastic, very funny – and as queer as it gets.
by Bruce LaBruce
with Susanne Sachsse, Viva Ruiz, Kembra Pfahler, Caprice Crawford, Grete Gehrke, Kita Updike, Victoire Laly, Lo-Fi Cherry, Olivia Kundisch, Til Schindler, Serenity Rosa, Sam Dye, Lina Bembe, Barb Ara
Germany 2017 English 91’ Colour


  • Susanne Sachsse (Big Mother)
  • Viva Ruiz (Sister Dagmar)
  • Kembra Pfahler (Sister Kembra)
  • Caprice Crawford (Sister Barbara)
  • Grete Gehrke (Sister Grete)
  • Kita Updike (Isolde)
  • Victoire Laly (Ute)
  • Lo-Fi Cherry (Editha)
  • Olivia Kundisch (Hilde)
  • Til Schindler (Volker)
  • Serenity Rosa (Ursula)
  • Sam Dye (Helga)
  • Lina Bembe (Antje)
  • Barb Ara (Petra)


Written and Directed by Bruce LaBruce
Cinematography James Carman
Editing Judy Landkammer
Sound Manuela Schininá
Production Design Desi Santiago
Costumes Ramona Petersen
Make-Up CrisToni Florido Acosta, Sonia Balado Figueroa
Casting Paula Alamillo Rodríguez, Bruce LaBruce
Assistant Director Yotam Ishay
Production Management Sonja Klümper
Production Managers Paula Alamillo Rodríguez
Producers Jürgen Brüning, Bruce LaBruce, Sonja Klümper, Paula Alamillo Rodríguez
Executive Producers Claus Matthes, Alexandre Dieval, Björn Koll

World sales

m-appeal – Raspberry & Cream

Produced by

Jürgen Brüning Filmproduktion

Amard Bird Films

Additional information

Bruce LaBruce

Born in Southampton, Canada in 1964, he attended film school in Toronto and studied film theory at York University. His film Hustler White screened in the Panorama in 1996 and was his first international cinema success. His work has often featured in the Berlinale, most recently Pierrot Lunaire which screened in the 2014 Forum Expanded and won the Teddy Award. He has also directed numerous music videos and theatre plays and contributes writing and photographs to international magazines, newspapers and websites. His work as an artist has appeared in numerous international exhibitions.


1987 Bruce and Pepper Wayne Gacy’s Home Movies; 20 min. · Boy/Girl; 15 min. 1988 Slam!; 8 min. · I Know What It’s Like to be Dead.; 20 min. 1991 No Skin Off My Ass; 73 min. 1994 Super 8 1/2; 105 min. 1996 Hustler White; 80 min., IFB Panorama 1998 Skin Flick; 90 min. 2004 The Raspberry Reich; 90 min., IFB Panorama 2007 Otto; or, Up with Dead People; 95 min. 2008 Give Piece of Ass a Chance; 15 min. 2009 The Bad Breast; or, The Strange Case of Theda Lange; 20 min. 2010 Weekend In Alphaville; 20 min. · L.A. Zombie; 65 min. 2012 Offing Jack; 20 min. 2013 Defense de Fumer; 7 min. · Gerontophilia; 83 min. 2014 Pierrot Lunaire; 55 min., Forum Expanded 2014 2017 Refugee’s Welcome; 20 min. · The Misandrists; 90 min. · Ulrike’s Brain

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2017