Vicky, a waitress, dreams of becoming an actress but her hopes are continually crushed by unsuccessful auditions and her thick German accent. When her father is about to visit her, she is afraid that her lies of success will be found out and she asks her gay roommate Ben to act as her husband. Her father Hans arrives in U.S. and encounters gender-benders, fakirs, and the former porno queen Annie Sprinkle, and in doing so encounters exotic subcultures and has an experience of discovery, and adventure.
Monika TREUT always explores the theme of sex through travel and the exchange of diverse cultures. Her early films are set in America, as its familiar yet unfamiliar environment allows the German protagonists to try new sexual experiences and be more open to the kinkiest of sexual practices. My Father is Coming is set in New York and maintains a cheerful atmosphere in a comedy genre with a “sexual exploration theme park” vibe. The film portrays individuals of various sexual identities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and heterosexual, but TREUT is not interested in explaining and describing their sexual identities, but rather how they practice and participate in sexual relationships. Vicky’s father Hans is not only a traveler to the U.S., but also a guide to the subcultures of porn production and SM sexual practices as a heterosexual, middle-aged man. Interestingly, this process makes the U.S. an exotic space. [CHO HyeYoung]
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Monika TREUTMonika TREUT
Born in Mönchengladbach, Germany in 1954, Monika TREUT completed a PhD in literature at Marburg in 1982. She began working with video in 1976 and founded Hyena Films with ElfiMikesch in 1984. She has directed many award-winning films about feminism, gender, sexuality and human rights in countries including the USA, Brazil and Taiwan. After her 1991 comedy My Father Is Coming, she made a series of documentaries including The Raw and the Cooked which screened in the Culinary Cinema in 2012; Zona Norte screened in the Panorama in 2016. In 2017 she received a Teddy Award for her lifetime achievement.