A B-movie style poster circulating at the Cannes Market features a bikini-clad Melania Trump-look-alike holding two decapitated heads. One resembles President Trump in a Make America Great Again hat and the other one looks like a zombie.
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) May 21, 2019
“Meet the First Lady of the Future with her Heads of State,” reads the tagline for the anti-Trump flick, When Women Rule the World, which is set in an apocalyptic future where women rule the earth.
“The few women who have survived have completely separated from men, blaming them for all the destruction. The women live together in a women’s village lead by Auriana and protected by women warriors. The men live out in the desert,” reads the description. The Melania character is named Maria Putin and is played by actress Anna Hera.
Writer-director-producer Sheldon Silverstein describes himself as “an internationally accomplished” auteur on the film’s official website. Silverstein lived in Rome for 20 years and “worked with such notable directors as Sergio Leone and Federico Fellini, and was greatly influenced by these icons,” according to the film’s website.
Silverstein’s producing credits include movies such as The Erotic Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, The Pumpkin Karver and Hazard Jack.
When Women Rule the World takes place in the year 2121 “after Trump has pushed the button, and World War Three and climate change have decimated life on earth,” according to the movie’s website.
Don’t be fooled by the B-movie-style poster. In an interview with THR, Silverstein says the film is a high-concept, sci-fi satire with sociopolitical themes that align with movements like #MeToo and Time’s Up and contain storylines that comment on toxic masculinity. He describes a key plot point: “Donald Trump gets in a fight with Putin over who has the biggest penis, and he pushes a button that starts World War III. … It’s kind of crazy.”
According to the official synopsis, the plot follows reality-show mogul Michael Bray; his Russian fiancee, Maria Putin; and another couple on their way to Las Vegas to begin production of the TV series Showgirl Wars. They blunder into a time vortex and are transmitted to the future, after Trump has pushed the button. The surviving women have completely separated from men, blaming them for all the destruction, and live together in a village protected by female warriors while men have been banished to the desert. The cast includes Hera alongside Francisco DeCun, Chris Gooch, Sandra Glagla, Brielle Gearson, Aizhan Lighg, Victorya Brandart and Mantha Balourdou.
“The film has a consciousness and has something to say about what’s going on in the world,” Silverstein told the Hollwood Reporter.
The movie comes two years after alleged “comedienne” Kathy Griffin posted gory photos of her ugly self holding up a severed, bloody prop head that resembled President Trump.
Not surprisingly, Silverstein shares Griffin’s disdain for the president. “He’s a moron and doesn’t care about the environment. It’s all about money to him,” he told THR. “It’s a shame he got elected and [this movie] is a put-down on all of that.”
Silverstein was in Cannes to promote his film and search for distribution partners. “Everybody seems to like it so far,” he told THR.
If so, the Cannes crowd seems to be lowering their standards because there’s nothing funny, edgy, relevant, artistic or original about what Silverstein and his cast has done. His work product (like Griffin’s) is just a sick and stupid expression of his own unhinged hatred of the president.
Here is the official trailer for the film, which looks painfully stupid and probably destined to make the ranker list of worst movies of all time.