Wanja

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Wanja

Directed by Carolina Hellsgård

  • Germany 2015; 87 min
  • Original version: German
  • Genre: Drama
    • Best Screenplay - Valletta FF

  • Berlin IFF - Perspektive Deutsches Kino

Synopsis

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.

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

    Johanna Aust  

  • STORYTELLERS GMBH & CO KG