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Top Girl oder la déformation professionnelle

GER 2014, 94 min

The second part of Tatjana Turanskyj's trilogy about women and work is a film narration about the complex body and gender politics in the 21st century.


Helena, 29, a single mother with an 11-year-old daughter, is a moderately successful actress who earns a living as an escort in the sex industry. Her relationship with her own mother, a singing teacher, is tense, and she is also increasingly annoyed with her job. Snapshots from the brittle contemporary biography of a working woman, part 2: Helena at work, decked out in latex, batting her eyelashes and brandishing sex toys. Helena finally comes up with a new sexual service: when the hunt is over, the women have been brought down and the men crow in triumph, there she stands, beautiful, severe and implacable. Like an absolute ruler.

THE DRIFTER is the first part of Tatjana Turanskyj's “Women and Work” trilogy.

Press reviews

A welcome female-directed perspective on sexual politics and male erotic fantasy. Hollywood Reporter

Awards and Festivals

- Berlinale – Forum 2014
- Fetisch Film Festival 2014 - "Best Film of the Year",  "Best Actress" Julia Hummer, "Best Actor" RP Kahl
- GEGENkino Festival 2015
- Berlin Art Film Festival 2015
LICHTER Filmfest Frankfurt International 2015
- Preis der deutschen Filmkritik 2015 - Nominierung "Beste Darstellerin" Julia Hummer
- Underdox - Festival 2016
- Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst – Werkschau Tatjana Turanskyj 2020


Director and Screenplay
Tatjana Turanskyj
Julia Hummer, Susanne Bredehöft, Jojo Pohl, RP Kahl, Simon Will, Thorsten Heidel, Mira Partecke, Ilil Land-Boss, Anna Eger, Franziska Dick, Ludmilla Skripkina, Nina Kronjäger
Director of Photography
Lotta Kilian
Stephanie Kloss, Ricarda Zinke
Niels Lorenz
Sound Design
Jochen Jezussek, Christian Obermaier
Matthias Gauerke
Production Design
Karin Betzler
Costume Design
Ingken Benesch
Make-up Artist
Liu Pei Min
Claudia Zweifel
Tatjana Turanskyj, Jan Ahlrichs

World Premiere
11.02.2014, Berlin, IFF - Forum
German Theatrical Release