Program 2018

Dollhouse: The Eradication of Female Subjectivity in American Popular Culture

Nicole Brending, USA 2018, 77’
World premiere
Assassination Nation Mandy

Team America  meets feminism in this wild, demented romp through contemporary gender politics is how Nicole Brending advertises her full-length debut. And indeed, her Dollhouse: The Eradication of Female Subjectivity from American Popular Culture is a feminist bomb hidden inside the light-hearted, humorous form of a puppet animation, a satire on American pop culture and misogyny-based mechanisms of producing female stars and the clichés of documentary cinema. The whole is a parody of the sad, hypocritical biopics of Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston, in which talking heads (including a record producer, an obsessive journalist, a pseudo-friend, an unbalanced mother, psycho-fans, a PR agent who deals in gossip, a drunken ex-boyfriend and, of course, a therapist) reconstruct the career path and the fall of a certain Junie Spoons, appropriating every aspect of her life and, above all, her body. The film, which also takes a look at the stories of Patty Hearst, Janet Jackson and Marilyn Monroe (as well as the director's experience), breaks with political correctness in a manner that is in equal parts funny and shocking. But if you like South Park, you'll feel right at home in  Dollhouse.

Małgorzata Sadowska

Nicole Brending

Director and screenwriter Nicole Brending won a Silver St. George award at the Moscow International Film Festival for her short film  Selfied. She has co-written a number of screenplays and adaptations, including for Tom Dolby's The Artist's Wife (with Bruce Dern and Lena Olin). She completed the Berlinale Talent Campus and the Co-Production Market, as well as the Nantucket Screenwriters Colony. She has won awards at student festivals and short-film festivals.

Selected filmography

2007 Operated By Invisible Hands (short)

2008 The Horses (short)

2010 Duluth (short)

2011 Outtake (short)

2017 Selfied (short)

2017 Empathy Arousal (short)

Cast & Crew

director Nicole Brending
screenplay Nicole Brending
cinematography Nicole Brending
editing Nicole Brending
music Jean-Olivier Bégin
cast Nicole Brending, Sydney Bonar, Peter Ooley, Adam Sly, Erik Hoover, Aneikit Bonnel
producer Nicole Brending, Jean-Olivier Bégin
production Playing With Dolls, LLC
language English
colouration colour
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