Top Girl oder la déformation professionnelle
Part Two of Tatjana Turanskyj’s trilogy about women and work deals with prostitution as a profession, as a modern service provision. The 29-year-old actress Helena (Julia Hummer) is the parent of an eleven- year-old daughter and herself the daughter of a mother whose concern can border on harassment. Helena hates the multiple dependencies that govern their lives. While her main job consists of unsuccessful auditions and being kept on hold, any real acting is confined to her part-time job. In other words, in order to maintain her standard of living, Helena is a sex worker known as Jacky freelancing for an apartment brothel and escort service. This is where truly dramatic scenes can emerge for her to produce and direct to her heart’s content – all starring Catwoman cracking the whip. Relationships of a purely economic status, then, the brothel as a stage and sex as a performance. Plus, every so often, inserted commentaries such as a postfeminist lecture on the body and cosmetic surgery.
The mother symbolises a time when »female self-actualisation« was construed differently. The little girl recites a poem by Heine. Finally, Helena thinks up a new sexual service, and when the hunt is over and the women (the prey) are laid low, the men bray in triumph and she stands there: stern, beautiful and merciless.
Tatjana Turanskyj, co-founder of the ProQuote directors’ initiative, began making films and performances with the women’s film collective Hangover Ltd. In 2008 she founded the production company turanskyj & ahlrichs with Jan Ahlrichs. Her directorial debut The Drifter premiered at the Berlinale Forum. Her next two feature films tackled the position of women in the modern working world from a feminist and activist perspective. Tatjana Turanskyj died on 18.9.2021 following a long illness.
Films by Tatjana Turanskyj (Selection)
Orientierungslosigkeit ist kein Verbrechen 2015 | Top Girl oder La déformation professionnelle 2014 | Jane, Gender Coach 2012 | Eine flexible Frau 2010 | I’m a Dancer 2008 | Korleput 2007 (with Hangover Ltd.) | Remake 2005 (with Hangover Ltd.) | Petra 2003 (with Hangover Ltd.) | Hangover 2001 (with Hangover Ltd.)