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Die Jungfrauenmaschine

Virgin Machine

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Young Hamburg journalist Dorothee Müller is fed up with her persistent lover, Heinz. A complete ingénue, she innocently embarks upon an exploration of romantic love – is it merely a ‘woman’s malady’? The places where she undertakes this research include a pleasure-addicted hormone researcher’s practice and the monkey house at the zoo. Unable to find any satisfactory answers, Dorothee decides to leave Europe and head for California where she continues her research by conducting interviews and some personal explorations. In swinging San Francisco she meets three remarkable women: a cheeky Hungarian named Dominique who sneers at the German work ethic and offers to help Dorothee in her research; Susie Sexpert, a specialist in sexual pleasures who has an astonishing collection of dildos, and finally the attractive Ramona, who performs a hot strip as a drag king in a lesbian bar. By the end of her journey Dorothee has rediscovered her own sexuality and put several illusions firmly behind her.

Monika Treut

Germany 1988


84’ · Black/White


Ina Blum (Dorothee Müller)
Marecelo Uriona (Bruno)
Gad Klein (Heinz)
Mona Mur (Singer)
Peter Kern (Endocrinologist)
Hans-C. Blumenberg (Caller)
Erica Marcus (Landlady)
Carla Wood Saivre (Woman in the Hotel Room)
Fakir Musafar (Man in the Hotel Room)
Shelly Mars (Ramona)
Dominique Gaspar (Dominique)
Flora Gaspar (Flora)
Susie Bright (Susie Sexpert)
Fanny Fatal (Stripper)
Pearl Harbour (Visitor)


Monika Treut
Elfi Mikesch
Renate Merck
Alf Olbrisch
Sound Mixing
Richard Borowski
Assistant Director
Thomas Tielsch, Greta Schiller
Production Management
Anita Horz
Monika Treut
Commissioning Editor
Eberhard Scharfenberg
NDR, Hamburg


Monika Treut

Born in Mönchengladbach, Germany in 1954, she completed a PhD in literature at Marburg in 1982. She began working with video in 1976 and founded Hyena Films with Elfi Mikesch in 1984. She has directed many award-winning films about feminism, gender, sexuality and human rights in countries including the USA, Brazil and Taiwan. After her 1991 comedy My Father is Coming, she made a series of documentaries including The Raw and the Cooked which screened in the Culinary Cinema in 2012; Zona Norte screened in Panorama in 2016. In 2017 she received a Teddy Award for her lifetime achievement.

Filmography (selection)

1985 Verführung: Die grausame Frau (Seduction: The Cruel Woman); co-director: Elfi Mikesch; Forum 1988 Die Jungfrauenmaschine (Virgin Machine); Forum 1989 Annie; short documentary; Panorama 1991 My Father is Coming; Panorama 1992 Max; short documentary; Panorama · Female Misbehavior; documentary · Dr. Paglia; short documentary; Panorama 1998 Didn't Do It for Love; documentary; Panorama 1999 Gendernauts – A Journey Through Shifting Identities; documentary; Panorama 2001 Kriegerin des Lichts (Warrior of Light); documentary; Panorama 2005 Den Tigerfrauen wachsen Flügel (Tigerwomen Grow Wings); documentary; Panorama 2009 Ghosted; Panorama 2012 Das Rohe und das Gekochte (The Raw and the Cooked); documentary; Kulinarisches Kino 2014 Von Mädchen und Pferden (Of Girls and Horses) 2016 Zona Norte; documentary; Panorama

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019

Produced by

Hyena Films

Förderverein TEDDY e.V. (TEDDY Sponsorship Society) is honouring filmmaker Monika Treut with the Special TEDDY Award 2017 for her lifetime achievement.
In honour of this occasion, Panorama are screening her film DIE JUNGFRAUENMASCHINE.
Funded by Filmbüro Hamburg and Filmbüro NRW.