On the occasion of the Diagonale 2023, director Katharina Mückstein presented her documentary Feminism WTF. Cinema Austriaco had the opportunity to have a chat with her and learn more about her work and career. Interview by Marina Pavido.
Feminism WTF is not simply a documentary about feminism or the status of women in our society. Feminism WTF is an extremely intelligent and necessary film, addressing everyone in view of a better future. At the Diagonale’23.
It is bodies dancing lightly and finally free, as well as close-ups of suffering faces or teenage girls attending a swimming lesson that characterise Talea. And Katharina Mückstein’s camera knows perfectly well how to characterise them, making them, on screen, incredibly alive and pulsating.
Looking back over the history of cinema, one cannot fail to notice the large number of Austrian women directors – contemporary and past – who have contributed (and still contribute) to an ever richer and more varied filmography that is indeed little known, but also incredibly diversified and full of surprises.
In L’Animale, Katarina Mückstein, despite her little experience behind the camera, has portrayed the world of adolescents with commendable skill, demonstrating her ability to deal with difficult subjects with a lightness reminiscent of the French school.