Pierrot Lunaire

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Pierrot Lunaire

2014
54.0'
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  • Die Lamb
Synopsis

A black-and-white short avant-garde experimental queer opera, done in the silent movie style. Freely adapted from Schoenberg's 1912 melodrama Pierrot Lunaire, the film depicts the adventures of Pierrot (Susanne Sachße, who also stars in: The Raspberry Reich), a young girl who dresses as a boy in search of a cock of his/her own in Berlin's Neukölln. The film, which mixes LaBruce's 2011 stage version of Pierrot Lunaire with new footage, adds a transgender narrative to Shoenberg's opera, turning it into a tale about masculinity. Pierrot's gender-bending seems to be from another time; LaBruce's use of intertitles, outdated German songs and Méliès-like filmic tricks sublimates this fable into an anachronistic narrative on lost identity.

In the vein of Charlie Chaplin and commedia dell’arte, Pierrot Lunaire is a satire of social norms, a dark yet quirky exploration of desires and bodies. It is also LaBruce's most polished feature – for which he won a Teddy Jury Award in 2014.

Premieres
Berlin Film Festival / Berlinale 2014
Major prizes
Jury Award (2014 Berlinale)