My Skinny Sister
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    My Skinny Sister

    Min lilla syster

    Directed by

    Sweden, Germany


    95 min

    • English
    • Swedish


    Two years ago this film's director took part in the Berlin IFF with the remarkable short EATING LUNCH in which she also explored the topic of young people with eating disorders. This new work marks her first feature-length drama. Stella is in love with, of all people, someone almost four times her age and has no idea how to tell him. But her older sister Katja's problem weighs far heavier on her mind. Katja is a talented figure skater and is always busy with school or training. At home she receives almost all of her parents' attention. Stella barely gets a look in. Stella admires her sister and tries hard to emulate her. The two girls get on well as a rule, but Katja hardly has any time and can sometimes be unexpectedly distant and mean. Stella is the first to realise that something is wrong with her sister and discovers that she is suffering from a severe eating disorder that could kill her. Stella wants to tell their parents but Katja forces her to swear not to. That is far too big a burden of responsibility for a girl of her age. This powerful film describes how Katja’s illness slowly drives the family to the brink of despair.


    • Crystal Bear for the Best Film, International Jury Generation Kplus Special Mention - Berlin IFF
    • Best Screenplay, FIPRESCI Award, Public Award - Lecce European FF
    • Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film - Göteborg FF
    • Best International First Feature - Galway Film Fleadh


    Labels & Line Ups


    Rebecka Josephson
    Amy Deasismont
    Annika Hallin
    Henrik Norlén
    Maxim Mehmet
    Ellen Lindbom
    Åsa Janson
    Hugo Wijk
    Karin de Frumerie
    Sanna Lenken
    Moritz Schultheiß
    Hanna Lejonqvist
    Per Störby Jutbring


    A child star is born.

    Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter

    Lenken’s film is memorable and highly attractive.

    Fionnuala Halligan, Screen Daily

    Sanna Lenken

    Sanna Lenken


    What triggers me most are stories that move me, humor combined with density and darkness. That's what I always try to achieve, and that is probably the hardest thing.

    Born in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1978, she studied directing at the Dramatiska Institutet in Stockholm between 2005 and 2008 and took a masters in screenwriting there. Her short films have won multiple awards at international festivals. She has directed two seasons of the youth series DUBBELLIV for Swedish television. She has participated in Berlinale Talents and her short film ÄTA LUNCH screened in Generation 14plus in 2013.