Naked Animals
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    Naked Animals

    Nackte Tiere

    Directed by

    Germany

    2020

    83 min

    • German

    Drama

    Katja, Sascha, Benni, Laila and Schöller. These five young people have more in common than just the fact that they are living in provincial Germany free of parental interference. They have one last winter together before they finish school, then they are supposed to know what they want to do: stay or leave. In between homework and smoking dope, martial arts training and gossiping about deflowering people, they explore their feelings in all kinds of different relationships, searching for each other, hiding, kissing and fighting. They want to live, to conquer the world and find out who they really are. They are young and exude an enviable naturalness when it comes to gender identities and roles, above all Katja, played by Marie Tragousti with a lot of new female power. Melanie Waelde’s feature debut is tremendously intense and vibrant. Going beyond cuteness, she draws these “naked animals” with a raw, sensual and sensitive openness rarely seen in German cinema. On the cusp between the end of childhood and burgeoning maturity, body and soul are still more or less united. Just like loneliness and intimacy. We are vulnerable – and that’s a good thing.

    Awards

    • Special Mention for GWFF Best First Feature Award - BERLINALE ENCOUNTERS 2020

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    Cast
    Marie Tragousti
    Sammy Scheuritzel
    Michelangelo Fortuzzi
    Luna Schaller
    Paul Michael Stiehler
    Screenplay
    Melanie Waelde
    Cinematography
    Fion Mutert
    Editing
    Jessica Schneller
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    Production
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    Melanie Waelde

    Melanie Waelde

    Germany

    Cinema allows us to feel rather than needing to understand and this is how we understand in a much deeper sense.

    Born in Dachau, Germany in 1992, Waelde graduated with a degree in screenwriting from the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB) in 2017. She is a freelance writer and filmmaker, and her short films have screened at several festivals. Her short documentary, LIKE IN AFRICA (2014), won the Young German Filmmaker Award at the Up-and-Coming IFF Hannover. In addition to her film work, she also writes experimental short stories and poetry. NAKED ANIMALS (2020) is her feature-length debut, it was selected at Berlinale Encounters.

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