Casanovagen

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Casanovagen

Casanova Gene

Luise Donschen
D, 2018
Features, 67min, OmeU

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Casanovagen

Luise Donschen
D, 2018
Features, 67min, OmeU

Cast: 
Wolfgang Forstmeier
John Malkovich
Elija Pott
Undine de Rivière
Lumi Lausas
Luise Donschen
Screenplay: 
Luise Donschen
Camera: 
Helena Wittmann
Editor: 
Luise Donschen
Composer: 
Erik Manouz
Costume: 
Katharina Duve

Production: 
Luise Donschen
World Sales: 
Luise Donschen
Format: 
DCP
Color

This playful and free essay tries to address something that defines the intensity of any human life – desire. Casanova is nothing but a theater figure that offers a comment on a male position marked by seduction, and John Malkovich’s three or four appearances taking his clothes off and putting them on in a dressing room while he talks with Donschen herself synthesize that position both in theory and praxis and this is perhaps reinforced with a curious hypothesis of a “Casanova Gen” enunciated through the lips of an evolutionist biologist who studies the finch. These two lines of exploration are enriched with yet a further exploration on desire in the context of theology (life in a monastery), youth (exchanges in a night club), and masochism (an erotic session with a dominatrix). Everything is mixed through an edition work which emulates a free-association mode which is very appropriate for contemporary dispersed subjectivity and is also able to relate – offering a counterpoint through an arduous notion of composition in each shot – diverse universes within a single area of symbolic coexistence. Paradoxically, rigor and freedom define the first feature of this young filmmaker. (Roger Koza)

In the presence of Luise Donschen and members of the crew.

Luise Donschen: MACHT, DASS MIR INNE WIRD, WAS ICH DURCH EUCH VERLOREN HABE (2012, K)