Be My Star

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Be My Star (Mein Stern)

Directed by Valeska Grisebach

  • Germany, Austria 2001; 61 min
  • Original version: German
  • Genre: Drama
    • Special Mention (FIPRESCI) - Toronto IFF
    • Best Feature Film - Torino FF


    Berlin IFF
    Toronto IFF
    Rotterdam IFF
    Karlovy Vary IFF


A love story. A boy and a girl. They set off on the adventure of a relationship. Nicole is fourteen years old and is sure that something important will soon happen in her life. This expectation becomes reality when she meets a boy of the same age named Christopher. He is one of the celebrities of the neighborhood. They become a couple. The fact that Nicole's mother started working nights presents the perfect opportunity: Her parents' apartment is available as a stage on which Nicole and Christopher play husband and wife. They attempt to realize the ideas of love they have formed by observing adults. But things are not as simple as they may seem. This story takes place during a time in the young peoples' lives in which everything seems possible, they hang around public places as if they were movie stars expecting autograph hunters at any minute. At the same time, a job, their own bank accounts, and adult life is waiting. Or maybe it isn't. Time is running out.

Director's Statement

When I began to do the research, it fascinated me how such young people try to be a couple in the same way as adults, and how they instinctively or intuitively play the game. They think it's so exciting to suddenly be a part of it and throw themselves into the situation with incredible seriousness.