Swimming

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    Swimming

    Schwimmen

    Directed by

    Germany

    2018

    101 min

    • German

    Drama

    Elisa lives alone with her mother. Bullied at school, she is approached by the bold Anthea and the two become the best of friends despite their different backgrounds. Everything seemed difficult when they were alone, but now that they have each other and nothing is impossible. To hold on to this precious relationship, the two girls begin vlogging their daily lives. What begins as an innocent game soon becomes a violent revenge plot against the classmates that bullied Elisa. As made obvious in the film, smartphones and social networking have become the most powerful building blocks making up the world of young people today. Yet the emotions born of this virtual network can easily control and twist the girls’ feelings and beliefs. By portraying girls that are both victims and perpetrators of violence in both the real world and the virtual world, the film makes plain the world in which young people live today. This world that makes faster communication and expanded relationships possible becomes another social arena we must swim across.

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    Cast
    Stephanie Amarell
    Lisa Vicari
    Alexandra Finder
    Jonathan Berlin
    Bjarne Meisel
    Screenplay
    Luzie Loose
    Cinematography
    Anne Bolick
    Editing
    Marco Rottig
    Music
    Andreas Pfeiffer
    Production
    KURHAUS PRODUCTION
    Luzie Loose

    Luzie Loose

    Germany

    Born in 1989, Luzie Loose lives and works as a director and scriptwriter in Berlin. She studied communications at Universität der Künste in Berlin. She has shot experimental shorts, worked as an assistant director in theater, and worked for several prestigious German TV and film productions. Her work in film has enabled her to travel widely and work in such cities as Paris, Istanbul, Tokyo, and Berlin. In 2011 she began studying commercial and narrative directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. Spending a semester at the prestigious La Fémis film school in Paris on a scholarship, she created the film NOUVEAU MONDE. SWIMMING(2017) was her first full-length feature. The film won gold at the Hofer Filmtage for best directing debut, with a laudatio by Edgar Reitz. A NEW NORMAL (2019) is her first collaboration with filmmaker Paul Nungesser.

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