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Directed by Luise Donschen

Germany 2018 81 mins. In German, English with subtitles

A shape-shifting exploration into human/animal sexuality and desire, Donschen’s feature debut is wide-ranging, intimate, and unafraid to ask uncomfortable questions. Casanova Gene follows several desirous threads, including a post-performance court-holding with famed actor John Malkovich, a quasi-scientific investigation into the sexual practices of finches, a portrait of a dominatrix and her clients, and many others to craft a deeply compelling fact/fiction hybrid, seductively lensed on beautiful 16mm by talented cinematographer Helena Wittman. “Wonderfully slippery… [its] free-floating approach to documentary and fiction is perfectly suited to this most elusive of subjects.” —James Lattimer, Film Comment.

Filmography: First feature