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Serious Ladies

Susanne Sachße
Germany 2013 / 21’

One of Bruce LaBruce’s favorite actresses presents her fantasy about serious ladies. Inspired by a novel by Jane Bowles and by the scandalous writings of Virginie Despents, this experimental film is a feminist manifesto that is not lacking in irony. While taking walks in Berlin, the title characters indulge in self-reflective deliberations and, given the opportunity, share their opinions on the subjects of communism and the creative work of Walter Benjamin.

Piotr Czerkawski

Susanne Sachße

Susanne Sachße was born in 1965. She studied at the Theater Academy in Rostock. She is an actress, director, and producer. Known for her work with Bruce LaBruce, she has appeared in a number of his films, including The Raspberry Reich and Otto; or, Up with Dead People, as well as in Pierrot Lunaire, in the title role. She took her first steps in directing as a co-director of We Will Be Strong in Our Weakness, a mockumentary about the kidnapping of Sławomir Sierakowski.


2011 Zamach / We Will Be Strong in Our Weakness (co-dir.)

2013 Poważne panie / Serious Ladies (short)

Cast & Crew

director Susanne Sachße
screenplay Susanne Sachße
cinematography Susanne Sachße, Nazli Kilerci
editing Ruth Schönegge
music John Blue
cast Susanne Sachße, Juan Luis Millego Castallanos, Achmed Bürger
producer Susanne Sachße
production Arsenal Institute for Film and Video Art
sales Arsenal
language German, English
colouration colour & b&w