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About a Girl (Boxerin, Die)

About a Girl
Scene from "About a Girl" (photo © 2005 credofilm/J. Bressler)

When you see Joe, taking a stoic drag of her cigarette or pulling her hood up to the nape of her neck, you’re reminded of Marlon Brando and wonder if she’s really a girl. Without doubt, she is much prettier than those dolled up, roller-skating girls in angora sweaters. But in
Eberswalde she is considered unattractive, an outcast, a rebel without choice. Eberswalde is a hopeless place where between being on welfare and alcoholism, only harshness can thrive. And so Joe doesn’t fight it, shrugs her shoulders, keeps a low profile and tries her best to work at the job the welfare office has found for her. But conforming to the situation isn’t easy. She has constant bouts of aggression, loses her temper and always ends up getting fired. Johanna has no choice but to keep going towards the inevitable confrontation with her dream of following in her father's footsteps and becoming a boxer.

About a Girl is a beautiful trip to liberation. Joe has to prove herself in a male-dominated boxing club where girls aren’t tolerated. Then she runs into a girlfriend and learns that one can be pretty without being dumb. And when the most wonderful guy in town becomes her boyfriend, she is tempted and decides to become a loyal wife whose only sparing partner is a milk carton. But she wouldn’t be Joe if she didn’t lose her temper every now and then. Once again, she is unable to avoid confrontation with her dream and decides to go to Berlin to fight.


Catharina Deus was born in 1970 in Nordheide. After a directorial internship at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg, she studied Germanic Studies with an emphasis in Theater and Media, during which time she participated in a video short film group. She then began studies at the German Film & Television Academy (dffb) in Berlin. A selection of her films includes: the shorts STEINICH (1995), FRAU MIT ZEIT (1996), IM TOR (1997), LADIESNIGHT (1998), WIR SIND DER MITTELPUNKT DER WELT (music video, 1998), 1/2 8 (2000), DER FREUND DER FRISEUSE (2002), ABOUT A GIRL (DIE BOXERIN, 2005), WILSBERG - INTERNE AFFÄREN (TV, 2007), RAHEL - EINE PREUSSISCHE AFFÄRE (2009), and AMEISEN GEHEN ANDERE WEGE (2011).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2005
Director Catharina Deus
Screenplay Martina Klein
Cinematography Birgit Möller
Svenja Cussler, Daniela Boch
Cassis
Joerg Prinz
Cast Katharina Wackernagel, Fanny Staffa, Devid Striesow, Manon Straché, Karoline Teska, Martin Brambach, Richard Heidinger, Bruno F. Apitz, Winfried Glatzeder, Carmen Maja Antoni, Marc Richter, Teresa Weissbach, Jessica Kosmalla
Producers Jörg Trentmann, Susann Schimk, Clarens Grollmann, Mario Stefan
Production Company credo:film/Berlin, in co-production with ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel, Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB), fieber.film/Munich
Length 105 min
Format Super 16
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Goteborg 2005, Gijon 2005, Immagine Donna Florence 2005, Raindance 2005, Luenen 2005, Oldenburg 2005, EFF Brussels 2005, FEMINA Rio 2005, NEFF Spain 2005, Kolkata 2006
Awards Prix-Geneve-Europe 2005, German Independence Award Oldenburg 2005, Best Student Feature Rio 2005
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
German Distributor Stardust Filmverleih/Munich

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