Sirens

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    Sirens

    Nixen

    Directed by

    Germany

    2018

    82 min

    • English
    • German

    Drama

    Two sisters, Nene and Ava, up in the air. When they were young, they sang together. Now there's a child, a job at a restaurant, a boyfriend. And a mother as critical of them as ever. One of them arranges a performance without telling the other. The other one smashes her life to pieces because of a feeling. And suddenly it seems possible and necessary to leave the comfortable bubble of not-daring. Accompanied by an original jazz score, Sirens paints dancerly pictures of keeping close and letting go. A film about symbiotic sister love and irrationality.

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    Credits

    Cast
    Odine Johne
    Lucy Wirth
    Emelie Harbrecht
    Roland Bonjour
    Screenplay
    Katinka Narjes
    Cinematography
    Carmen Treichl
    Editing
    Katinka Narjes
    Music
    Kessler/Schwarz

    Director's Statement

    SIRENS is a film about the relationship between two sisters. Unconditional loyalty and love on the one hand, competitiveness and jealousy on the other - these emotions alternate or overlap. Is there a possibility of happiness without the other, where are the boundaries of my identity and where does it flow into her’s? The film playfully sketches these emotional movements. The longing to hide, to disappear, but still to be seen and discovered, the longing for closeness and distance, for a place in the real world and freedom. The jazz score is the musical companion to this portrait. The intimacy of singing, the unpredictability of the music serve as a mirror for the sisters, who move gracefully and elegantly through the film, arguing, working, hoping and dancing. At its core, Sirens is a Not-Coming-of-age film about two women who can’t stop treating life as a game.

    Production
    GERMAN FILM AND TELEVISION ACADEMY BERLIN- DFFB

    Press

    Sirens (Nixen) is a film of passion and melancholy; of the ties that bind and the feelings that can’t be shaken.

    Sarah Ward, Screen Daily

    Katinka Narjes

    Katinka Narjes

    Germany

    Katinka Narjes was born May 29th 1982 in Frankfurt am Main and grew up near Hamburg. After completing her Abitur she studied Media Culture at the University of Hamburg with an emphasis on Film Studies. During a prolonged stay in New York City she completed her first short films, before working as a assistant director and assistant producer to directors such as Lana and Lilly Wachowski as well as Tom Tykwer. Most recently she’s been participating in the casting of Valeska Grisebach’s WESTERN, a project she also worked on as an assistant director. Since 2009 Katinka Narjes has been enrolled in the Directing Course of the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB). Her short films have been screened at various international festivals and on television. Her latest film SIRENS will screen at Munich IFF 2018.