Semra Ertan is what we do not expect, an intentionally fragmentary work, whose fragments, just like many pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, compose a living, breathing portrait of a person who is now forgotten by most, but who did so much to make the world we live a better place. At the Viennale 2022, section Österreich real.
The message comes through loud and clear. And a deep pessimism immediately takes centre stage. Hardly Working is fully in line with the canons and style of the works of the collective Total Refusal, and through a completely original and subjective mise-en-scene, it traces a sincere and sadly realistic fresco of the world in which we live. At the Viennale 2022.
In 1906, Josefine Mutzenbacher wrote the erotic novel “Josefine Mutzenbacher: oder Die Geschichte einer Wienerischen Dirne von ihr selbst erzählt”, which caused quite a stir at the time. Director Ruth Beckermann decided, more than a hundred years later, to see how this novel is received by people today. This is how the documentary MUTZENBACHER, awarded Best Film in the Encounters section at the Berlinale 2022 and premiered in Austria at the Viennale 2022, came to life. Cinema Austriaco had the opportunity to have a chat with her and learn more about her film. Interview by Marina Pavido.