| || || |
In German and English with English subtitles
For audiences aged 16 and above
|For her feature film debut, Helene Hegemann adapts her own controversial semi-autobiographical novel, titled Axolotl Roadkill, into a turbulent teen odyssey through Berlin's hedonistic excesses. The amphibian of the film's title features in a supporting role (born aloft, in a plastic bag, through a party) and as a fairly overt metaphor. Like Mifti (Jasna Fritzi Bauer) the teenage girl at the centre of the story, and most of the people around her, the axolotl never fully reaches maturity.
Mifti is not the easiest character with whom to sympathise. She is given to saying the the unsayable at exactly the wrong moment. -- We don't always feel persuaded by the emotional turmoil she is meant to be suffering. Chaotic lives can make for a muddled storyline, yet ultimately Hegemann allows her central character some kind of growth.
Wendy Ide, Screendaily
Director: Helene Hegemann
Helene Hegemann (born in 1992) is a German author and director. Her debut film Axolotl Overkill is based on her autobiographical and eponymous debut novel.
|Screenplay: Helene Hegemann based on her novel
Cast: Jasna Fritzi Bauer, Arly Jover, Mavie Hörbiger, Laura Tonke, Julius Feldmeier, Hans Löw, Christopher Roth, Sabine Vitua
Production: Hanneke van der Tas & Alain de la Mata / Vandertastic Films
Sales: The Match Factory