FtWTF – Female to What the Fuck
Cordula Thym, Katharina Lampert
What does it mean to identify oneself as trans*? In six personal portraits, FtWTF explores backgrounds and reasons of living sexual identities. And it looks at how lives change as a result of these decisions, starting with a given sexuality at birth and progressing to an uncertain destination – »what the fuck« – as the title says. In probing interviews, the protagonists talk in a disarmingly candid and humorous way about personal and state prerequisites, about the consequences and the sometimes bizarre circumstances of their decisions. Masculinity in the queer scene is another important subject that is discussed in the film.
Avoiding stereotypical narrative elements, the two directors break with the frequently told (and medically required) narrative of a painful coming-out, »of being born in the wrong body«. Instead, the film offers scope for non-binary identities and paints a realistic picture of sex changes as they occur today. Without voyeuristic elements, tragedy and pathos, the films offers a political analysis and a feminist perspective of the subject. In doing so, Thym’s and Lampert’s protagonists become heroes and heroines of gender difference.
Born in 1977 and raised in Tirol, Thym studied film editing at the Filmacademy Vienna. She later worked as an assistant editor, sound recordist and editor. FtWTF is her second joint project with Katharina Lampert.
Films by Cordula Thym
verliebt, verzopft, verwegen. Geschichten lesbischer (Un-)Sichtbarkeit im Wien der 50er und 60er Jahre 2009 | Beyond Borderline 2002
Die 1976 in Wien geborene Künstlerin studierte Konzeptuelle Kunst an der Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien. 2009 entstand die erste gemeinsame Arbeit mit Cordula Thym. Lambert realisiert Einzel- und Gemeinschaftsprojekte in den Bereichen bildende Kunst und Film.