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The Ceremony


The most famous dominatrix in France creates sadomasochist “Ceremonies” in her chateau.
Catherine Robbe-Grillet, age 84, writes sadomasochistic novels under pseudonym Jeanne De Berg. Catherine defies the relations between power and submission, sensuality and physical pain. She surrounds herself with brilliant characters, depicting complex lives on the other side of social conventional boundaries. This film forces us to question our assumptions regarding satisfaction, desire and normality.

Running Time: 75 mins
Subject(s): Biography, Sexuality, Society, Women
Language(s): French
Subtitles: English
Producer(s): Mathilde Dedye
Cinematographer: Lina Mannheimer, Daniel Takács
Editor(s): Laureline Delom
Production Company: French Quarter Film


  • The Ceremony is a jewel-box of a film – lush and articulate in its evocation of the world and relationships of French author and dominatrix Catherine Robbe-Grillet. It purrs and thrums
    Austin Chronicle
  • SXSW Women Directors: Meet Lina Mannheimer - The Ceremony
    Laura Berger, Indiewire

Festival Participation

  • CPH:DOX, Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival - 2014
  • Doc Lisboa - 2015
  • Festival dei Popoli - 2015
  • Filmfest München - 2015
  • SXSW - 2015

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