Germany 2012, 13' | Director, Screenplay, Editor Pauline Boudry, Renate Lorenz | DoP Bernadette Paassen | Sound Johanna Herr, Karin Michalski | Sound Design Rashad Becker | Set Photography Ouidade Soussi-Chiadmi | Performer Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Werner Hirsch | Production Boudry-Lorenz, in Kollaboration with Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers and Electra London | Distribution

Toxic shows two protagonists in an undated time, a punk figure in glitter (Ginger Brooks Takahashi) and a drag queen (Werner Hirsch), both of unclear gender and origin. They linger in an environment of glossy remains, of toxic plants and transformed ethnographic and police photography. While the punk gives a speech on toxicity, the drag queen re-enacts an interview of Jean Genet from the ‘80s and blames the filmmakers for exposing her to the police-like scenario of being filmed.

Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz both live and work in Berlin. Their staged films and installations often revisit practices and materials from the past, referring to forgotten moments of queerness in history. They exhibited their works internationally: No Future/No Past (54. Venice Biennial, 2011), Toxic Play in Two Acts (South London Gallery, 2012), Aftershow (CAPC Bordeaux, 2013) and Patriarchal Poetry (Badischer Kunstverein Karlsruhe, 2013).

Pauline Boudry, Renate Lorenz
Short Film
desired! - film lust & queer