2017, Ute Wieland, Germany, 107 min.
Flora Thiemann, Emily Kusche
- Fri, Mar 15th 6:00pm
- Wed, Mar 20th 7:45pm
Director Wieland based her film on the acclaimed international best-seller by German novelist Stefanie de Velasco. The story centers on two 14-year-old best friends living in a Berlin housing project. Nini, virtually unsupervised by her out-of-it mother, and Jameelah, an Iraqi refugee, live uninhibitedly and recklessly, guzzling down the eponymous cocktail and hanging out with prostitutes as they pursue their "summer vacation project"--to get deflowered. The early parts of the film play like a high-spirited grrl-power romp, but Wieland carefully sets up the social and ethnic tensions that will darken the tone, as the girls witness a murder, and Germany's current immigrant crisis contributes to a wrenching conclusion. In German with English subtitles. Courtesy of Altered Innocence. DCP digital. (MR)