Wanja

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    Wanja

    Directed by

    Germany

    2015

    87 min

    • German

    Drama

    Berlin IFF - Perspektive Deutsches Kino

    The former bank robber Wanja is released from a long prison sentence. As her feelings of loneliness escalate, Wanja sets out to find work and hereby a new identity. Against all odds she lands an internship at a horse race track. In the stable she gets to know the troubled teenager Emma, and a tentative friendship develops between the two women. When Emma slips deeper into drug abuse, Wanja decides to rescue her.

    Awards

    • Best Screenplay - Valletta FF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Anne Ratte-Polle
    Nele Trebs
    Robert Viktor Minich
    Marko Dyrlich
    Michael Baderschneider
    Mehmet Yilmaz
    Jan Bülow
    Tim Blochwitz
    Hauke Petersen
    Joachim Schoenfeld
    Screenplay
    Carolina Hellsgård
    Cinematography
    Kathrin Krottenthaler
    Editing
    Carolina Hellsgård
    Antonella Sarubbi
    Music
    Steffen W.Scholz

    Director's Statement

    The film depicts Wanja's struggle to reintegrate into society and the attempts to break her own isolation. In many ways Wanja tries to get out of her inner prison. In the search for personal freedom she makes choices which lead to her own downfall. Ultimately, WANJA is a portrait of people who have never had anything in life, and hardly exist in society, other than as numbers in criminal statistics reports.

    Production
    FLICKFILM GBR
    Production
    STORYTELLERS GMBH & CO KG
    Carolina Hellsgård

    Carolina Hellsgård

    Germany

    Carolina Hellsgård works as a writer, editor and director in Berlin. After completing a MFA from the Berlin University of Arts, she received a DAAD-postgraduate grant for Los Angeles, where she studied film directing and screenwriting at the California Institute of the Arts. Hellsgård‘s award-winning films have screened in film festivals such as the Berlinale, Clermont Ferrand International Film festival, Films des Femmes and Oberhausen SFF. She is a former participant of the Berlinale Talent Campus, a Sweden-America Fellowship and a recipient of the Berliner Künstlerinnenförderung. Her short film LÄUFER was nominated for the German Critic's Award 2013.

    She made her feature directorial debut with WANJA (2015). ENDZEIT (2018) is her latest film.

    Selected Filmography