Ulrike's Brain

Bruce LaBruce

2017, 55:16 minutes, Colour, English/German


Referencing sixties B-movies like “They Saved Hitler’s Brain” and “The Brain That Would Not Die,” “Ulrike’s Brain” finds Doctor Julia Feifer (Susanne Sachsse) arriving at an academic/scientific conference with an organ box containing the brain of the real Ulrike Meinhof, which was saved by the authorities along with the other three brains of the leaders of the RAF after they all died in Stammheim prison. It soon becomes apparent that Doctor Feifer can communicate telepathically with Ulrike’s brain, which is directing her to lead a new feminist revolution. To that end, Doctor Feifer is searching for the ideal female body to transplant Ulrike’s Brain into. At the same time, her arch-rival, Detlev Schlesinger, an extreme right wing ideologue, arrives at the conference with the ashes of Michael Kuhnen, the former German neo-Nazi leader and infamous homosexual who died of AIDS in 1989. Through mystical practice and occult ritual, Schlesinger intends to raise the spirit of Kuhnen from the dead, reincarnating him in a body he has robbed from a grave as a kind of zombie, to challenge Feifer’s left wing insurgency. When the two Frankenstein’s monsters of the extreme left and the extreme right meet, chaos ensues.

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