GER 1995, 77 min
Christoph Schlingensief’s grotequely erotic, blasphemous, ultraviolent, incestuous, scatological, certifiable splatter comedy about a Messiah in Africa. Can he prevent the launching of a discarded V2 Rocket from Adolf Hitler and Werner von Braun?
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German bad-tastemeister Christoph Schlingensief’s latest is a grotequely erotic, blasphemous, ultraviolent, incestuous, scatological, certifiable splatter comedy about a Messiah in Africa with a very messy cranial orifice. Mind-bending drugs would seem to be required to make sense of this repugnant jumble, and probably only the most adventurous of fest programmers will find an opening for THE SLIT [international title of UNITED TRASH]. (David Rooney, Variety 1995)
Brief synopsis of UNITED TRASH
Brenner’s virgin wife Martha (Kitten Natividad) bears her first child: a little boy with black skin: Peter Panne (Thomas Chibwe). Many remain clueless, but bishop Pierre (Joachim Tomaschewsky), an excommunicated bishop from Vienna, smells the opportunity: with no teeth and full of hatred towards the roman catholic church, he appoints Peter the new Messiah and himself his manager. Martha, who has let Pierre exorcise her in public and at the same time heal from her “kinky” sexuality, is thrilled. Only Werner is taken aback: who needs a Messiah if the United Nations are already there?
Meanwhile, the local dictator (Jones Muguse) has totally different plans with Peter Panne: he needs the little one as human jet propulsion for his intercontinental rocket, a gift from German UN troops: a discarded V2 Rocket from Adolf Hitler and Werner von Braun. On Christmas Eve, the rocket is planned to be launched at his nemesis inside the White House in Washington.
Things are getting worse: scrap and garbage, love, hate, chaos, bits and pieces from 100 years of internet, relicts of politically correct people, influences from the daily news and German private TV, packed with drums, screams and a good quench of Leni Riefenstahl, unite to a structural musical with leftwing-fascisct programme. The humanist world shows its true face, and Peter Panne becomes a star!
Director & Cinematography
Udo Kier, Kitten Natividad, Thomas Chibwe, Joachim Tomaschewsky, Johnny Pfeiffer, Jones Muguse, Miklós Königer, Brigitte Kausch-Kuhlbrodt, Dietrich Kuhlbrodt, Heimo Bachstein, Ethan Matondo, Kalle Mews, Daniel T. Tapera, Cuthbert Mawere, Wellington Jonga, Susanne Bredehöft, Thomas Nicolai, Peter Kern
Christoph Schlingensief, Oskar Roehler
Susanne Bredehöft, Thomas Nicola
Biber Gullatz, Eckes Maltz
Uli Hanisch Kostüm
Christian Fürst, Ralph Brosche
November 1994 - December 1994: Harare and surroundings (Zimbabwe)
28.10.1995, Hof, Internationale Filmtage
22. Februar 1996
Restored film, 2K scan, original theatrical version
Christoph Schlingensief – Interview (2004, 22 min), Alexander Kluge in conversation with Christoph Schlingensief (13.11.1995, 45 min), “Butterfly in the Dark” (Peter Kern, 1995, 20 min), Schlingensief - film trailer – All extras without subtitles
PAL / Color
72 min (25 fps) + 87 min Extras
Digipack (Set Content: 1), 28-page booklet with texts and photos
From 18 years
DCP (2K, 24 fps, 5.1)
35mm (Dolby Stereo SR, contact Deutsche Kinemathek)
English (DCP, BD)
A1 poster (rent only)
From 18 years