Casanova Gene

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    Casanova Gene

    Casanovagen

    Directed by

    Germany

    2018

    67 min

    • English
    • German

    Documentary

    The introduction is seductively simple, iconographically speaking. Gondolas, with the Campanile di San Marco in the background: Venice. A carnival creature decked out in feathers poses before the backdrop. From the birthplace of Giacomo Casanova, whose name is synonymous with male seduction, we move on to biologists, who seek to prove the existence of a Casanova gene using finches. If, as they say, female polygamy has no value from an evolutionary perspective, yet still exists in nature, it must be passed down from father to daughter. An actor playing Casanova gives an interview in the changing room after a show and transforms back into John Malkovich. A dominatrix receives a client; children play in the forest. The montage deftly weaves together a tapestry spun from aspects of nature and culture, gender roles, desire, sexuality, body and embodiment. Staged and documentary episodes shot on 16mm are edited together, leaving space for complex associations. Thematic connections correspond with visual ones: Nature as a forest, houseplants and oil paintings, feathers, glittery shoes and a red skirt provide food for the eye as well as the mind. A film that itself knows how to seduce.

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    Cast
    Wolfgang Forstmeier
    John Malkovich
    Elija Pott
    Undine de Rivière
    Lumi Lausas
    Luise Donschen
    Zacharias Zitouni
    Screenplay
    Luise Donschen
    Cinematography
    Helena Wittmann
    Editing
    Luise Donschen
    Music
    Erik Manouz
    Production
    LUISE DONSCHEN
    Luise Donschen

    Luise Donschen

    Germany

    Born in Berlin in 1982. She studied Ethnology, German, and Film. CASANOVA GENE is her first feature film.