Monika Treut

desired! – film lust & queer

PLEASE NOTE: Gendernauts runs only on June 19 at 6 p.m. at Schauburg Dortmund. You can’t buy tickets online for this particular screening. Reservations can be made by Email to lindner@frauenfilmfestival.eu until 10 a.m. on the day of the screening. You receive a reservation confirmation by sending the contact form or the QR code. Reserved tickets must be picked up 30 minutes before the start of the screening. You can also buy ticket at the box office. Director Monika Teut is attending the screening.

»Gendernauts […] explores the phenomena of transgenderism at the end of the second millennium in California. The film is about gender benders and sexual cyborgs, people who alter their bodies and minds with new technologies and chemistry and thus question male and female identities. Asked if they are a man or a woman, the gendernauts answer ›yes‹. Gendernauts introduces us to a group of fascinating artists in California who live between the poles of conventional gender identity. Like cosmonauts in space and cybernauts in the internet, the gendernauts travel through the diverse worlds of sexuality.« Salzgeber
What policies and ideas do they advocate here? What was queer life like in the US in the late 90s? How have their ideas impacted queer theory and film history? Gendernauts allows us to gain an insight into all these aspects.

Awards for ›Gendernauts‹
Special TEDDY Award – Berlinale 1999 | Audience Award – Torino Film Festival 1999 | Audience Award MixBrasil, São Paulo 1999

In collaboration with Museum Ostwall as part of the programme Art on the MOve.


Director / Script / Production

Monika Treut


Elfi Mikesch


Eric Schefter


Andreas Pietsch


Georg Kajanus, Veronica Klaus, Pearl Harbor


Annie Sprinkle, Beth Stephens, Stafford, Sandy Stone, Susan Stryker, Max Wolf Valerio, Texas Tomboy, Jordy Jones, Hida Viloria


WDR, arte



Monika Treut

Monika Treut

Monika Treut has been working in the medium of film for more than 30 years. Her works span all formats, from documentary and experimental films to feature films. She founded her own production company Hyena Films together with Elfi Mikesch in 1984. In the same year, she completed her doctorate at the Philipps University of Marburg with her dissertation The cruel woman. The image of women in de Sade and Sacher-Masoch. Treut has won numerous awards for her work. These include the Special TEDDY Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Berlinale in 2017 and an honorary award at the TLVFest (Tel Aviv International LGBT Festival) in the same year. Alongside her work as a film-maker, Treut teaches at numerous academic institutions, especially in the US.

Films by Monika Treut
Zona Norte 2016 | Von Mädchen und Pferden 2014 | Das Rohe und das Gekochte 2012 | Ghosted 2009 | Den Tigerfrauen wachsen Flügel 2005 | Kriegerin des Lichts 2002 | Gendernauts 1999 | My Father Is Coming 1991 | Die Jungfrauenmaschine 1988 | Verführung: Die grausame Frau 1985