By Kathrina Wyss
On stage 17-year-old Sarah gives it all. When she performs, there is an instant of suspense, a moment in which she appears to transform completely into her character. What lies behind Sarah’s radical stage presence? A dark secret she is trying to express. A claustrophobic family environment, the longing for a boyfriend, a friend, someone she can confide in. The more Sarah expresses this desire, the more she ends up alienating the people willing to get close to her. A few days in the life of an outsider and her incessant struggle to escape solitude.
Venice Intl. Film Critics Week, Sao Paulo, Sevilla EFF, Max Ophüls Preis Saarbrücken (awarded), Solothurner Filmtage, Film Comment Selects, Spirit of Fire (awarded), Achtung Berlin (awarded) a.o.
“…transforms from passive to aggressive in the blink of an eye. … some
of the most dense sequences seen in Venice so far …” – Quinlan
“surprising and original”
“The filmmaker succeeds in creating a progressive anxiety based on details, small tilts of perception, very simple effects. The film also owes much to its young interpreter, the amazing Loane Balthasar.” – LIBÉRATION
“Both darkly funny and genuinely unsettling, it marks Wyss as a descendant of fearless European auteurs like Chantal Akerman and Catherine Breillat.” – Ex Berliner
“An atmospheric ANTI coming of age” – GEGENKino
“…Both heart-breaking and utterly annoying, Sarah manages to be over the
top and strangely realistic. Anyone who has ever been a 17-year-old will
surely attest to the latter. … a film mostly sketched with delicate
outlines, … reveals a filmmaker who doesn’t aim to please… somewhere
along the way, it also manages to grasp what it feels like for a girl.
Yes – just like in that Madonna song.“ – Cineuropa
“…brainily playful… daring to gleefully reinvent all the rules of
the game … feverish and willing to take risks, for all its formal
clarity and control…” – Film Comment
Loane Balthasar / Michel Voïta / Annina Walt / Sabine Timoteo / Manuela Biedermann / Simon Bonvin / Lou Spring / Monica Budde / Jeanne De Mont
Director: Katharina Wyss / Writer: Katharina Wyss, Josa Sesink / Cinematographer: Armin Dierolf / Editor: Tania Stöcklin / Music: Conrad Oleak / Sound: Bernhard Zitz / Production Design: Anne Weick, Sylvan Kuhl / Costume Design: Malena Modéer, Sophie Reble / Producer: Luc Peter – Intermezzo Film / Coproducer: German Film- and Television Academy Berlin (dffb) / Associate Producer: Charlie Petersmann – Mnemosyn Films
Original Title: SARAH JOUE UN LOUP-GAROU / available for screenings on DCP / color / 1.33 / 86 min/ French and German with english subtitles / Intermezzo Films, DFFB, Mnemosyn Films / Switzerland, Germany 2017