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Axolotl Overkill

Axolotl Overkill

Synopsis

Director

One of this year’s most seminal films from Germany, this is the highly anticipated cinematic feature debut of Helene Hegemann, who combined own personal recollections and the freewheeling literal basis of her novel „Axolotl Roadkill“ for this harshly funny and simultaneously tender movie remix of today Berlin. A true sign o’the times: It might be nihilistic on its surface, but the film is deeply sad and wonderfully energetic beneath.

The story: Mifti is sixteen, looks like she’s twelve, acts like she’s in her mid-thirties, and has lived with her half-siblings in a shared Berlin apartment since the death of her mother. Her father considers terrorism a contemporary career and is more interested in art than people; given this backdrop, going to school makes less sense than living life between parties, drugs, affairs and kitchen-table polemics. She’s wild, sad, sensitive and in love. The adults she meets are one thing only by comparison: desperate. Either because the world is about to go under, or because they don’t know what to wear and how to dress. So Mifti has to grow up on her own, one way or another. Jasna Fritzi Bauer gets a surplus of screen time here, and owns it as this modern drifter Mifti.

Director and scriptwriter Helene Hegeman began writing at the age of thirteen, in 2007 her first theatre play „Ariel 15“ premiered, her debut as a director was the medium-length film „Torpedo“ in 2008. She got her first novel „Axolotl Roadkill“ published in 2010, to international acclaim and a lot of controversy.

Christoph Gröner


 

 

 

Helene Hegemann

(b. 1992, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany) is a German writer and director. She has written two novels, including the German best seller „Axolotl Roadkill“. Hegemann has directed award-winning work in film, theatre, and opera. „Axolotl Overkill“ is her feature film debut.

Filmography

  • Axolotl Overkill (2017)

Schedule

20.11.2017
18:30 - 20:04
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 4
Subtitles: EST
Screening code: 040303
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23.11.2017
19:00 - 20:34
Tartu, 
Cinamon
Hall 5
Subtitles: EST
Screening code: 071902
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02.12.2017
22:00 - 23:34
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 9
Subtitles: EST
Screening code: 160604
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Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Goethe-Institut presents: New German Film
Forum

Film info

Country: Germany
Year: 2017
Duration: 94 minutes
Languages: German, English
Director: Helene Hegemann
Producers: Hanneke Van der Tas, Alain de la Mata
Writer: Helene Hegemann
DOP: Manu Dacosse
Montage: Bettina Böhler
Composer: Milena Fessmann
Cast: Jasna Fritzi Bauer, Arly Jover, Mavie Hörbiger, Laura Tonke, Julius Feldmeier
Production: Vandertastic
Festivals: Sundance (Cinematography Award), Sydney, Karlovy Vary, Melbourne

Synopsis

Director

One of this year’s most seminal films from Germany, this is the highly anticipated cinematic feature debut of Helene Hegemann, who combined own personal recollections and the freewheeling literal basis of her novel „Axolotl Roadkill“ for this harshly funny and simultaneously tender movie remix of today Berlin. A true sign o’the times: It might be nihilistic on its surface, but the film is deeply sad and wonderfully energetic beneath.

The story: Mifti is sixteen, looks like she’s twelve, acts like she’s in her mid-thirties, and has lived with her half-siblings in a shared Berlin apartment since the death of her mother. Her father considers terrorism a contemporary career and is more interested in art than people; given this backdrop, going to school makes less sense than living life between parties, drugs, affairs and kitchen-table polemics. She’s wild, sad, sensitive and in love. The adults she meets are one thing only by comparison: desperate. Either because the world is about to go under, or because they don’t know what to wear and how to dress. So Mifti has to grow up on her own, one way or another. Jasna Fritzi Bauer gets a surplus of screen time here, and owns it as this modern drifter Mifti.

Director and scriptwriter Helene Hegeman began writing at the age of thirteen, in 2007 her first theatre play „Ariel 15“ premiered, her debut as a director was the medium-length film „Torpedo“ in 2008. She got her first novel „Axolotl Roadkill“ published in 2010, to international acclaim and a lot of controversy.

Christoph Gröner


 

 

 

Helene Hegemann

(b. 1992, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany) is a German writer and director. She has written two novels, including the German best seller „Axolotl Roadkill“. Hegemann has directed award-winning work in film, theatre, and opera. „Axolotl Overkill“ is her feature film debut.

Filmography

  • Axolotl Overkill (2017)