Top Girl oder la déformation professionnelle

Germany 2014, Feature film, 94’ | Director, Screenplay Tatjana Turanskyj | DoP Lotta Kilian | Editor Stephanie Kloss, Ricarda Zinke | Sound Mathias Gauerke, Jochen Jezussek, Christian Obermaier | 
Music Niels Lorenz | Cast Julia Hummer, Susanne Bredenhövel, RP Kahl | Production turanskyj & ahlrichs GbR

Part Two of Tatjana Turanskyj’s trilogy about women and work deals with prostitution as a profession, as a modern service provision. The 29-year-old actress Helena (Julia Hummer) is the parent of an eleven- year-old daughter and herself the daughter of a mother whose concern can border on harassment. Helena hates the multiple dependencies that govern their lives. While her main job consists of unsuccessful auditions and being kept on hold, any real acting is confined to her part-time job. In other words, in order to maintain her standard of living, Helena is a sex worker known as Jacky freelancing for an apartment brothel and escort service. This is where truly dramatic scenes can emerge for her to produce and direct to her heart’s content – all starring Catwoman cracking the whip. Relationships of a purely economic status, then, the brothel as a stage and sex as a performance. Plus, every so often, inserted commentaries such as a postfeminist lecture on the body and cosmetic surgery.

The mother symbolises a time when »female self-actualisation« was construed differently. The little girl recites a poem by Heine. Finally, Helena thinks up a new sexual service, and when the hunt is over and the women (the prey) are laid low, the men bray in triumph and she stands there: stern, beautiful and merciless.

Tatjana Turanskyj studied literature & drama and sociology in Frankfurt am Main. Before and during her studies, she performed in productions by Einar Schleef. From 1995 to 2001, she worked as a copywriter at Scholz & Friends, Berlin. Since 2001, Tatjana Turanskyj has been active in the field of artistic video, film and performance. She was a founding member of the film collective Hangover Ltd (2001–2007) where she co-worked on the group's feature films in screenwriter, director and actress capacities. Since 2008, she has been co-owner of the turanskyj & ahlrichs production company. Her first feature film Eine flexible Frau (A Flexible Woman) – which ran in the competition at the Dortmund | Cologne International Women's Film Festival 2010 – attracted considerable attention and won several awards. Ms Turanskyj has also received several screenplay scholarships, including support from the Berlin Senate Chancellery for Cultural Affairs.

Tatjana Turanskyj
Feature film