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BIG GIRLS DON'T CRY (GROSSE MÄDCHEN WEINEN NICHT)

BIG GIRLS DON'T CRY
photo © Gabrielle Meros

What does it mean to be seventeen and to have a best friend? It means you spend almost every waking moment with each other, talk all day and night about your favorite topics (love, boys, and sex), and you share fears, desires, joys and pain.

Kati is seventeen. Her relationships never turn out as she hopes for - many affairs, but not really a true boyfriend, and her parents are trying to get a grip on things on the home front, but just cannot seem to manage.

Steffi, Kati's best friend, seems to have the perfect life. She's pretty, has a sweet boyfriend and an open and functional relationship to her parents - or so it seems.

But Kati and Steffi's friendship is put to the test. Kati witnesses her friend's life fall apart, as Steffi finds out by chance that her father is having an affair. In their despair, the two girls try to find out more about this woman and happen to then meet her daughter, Tessa. Steffi focuses all her hate on Tessa, and Kati has to decide how far her loyalties will take her. The situation gets out of control, but big girls don't cry...


Maria von Heland was born in 1965 in Stockholm. She studied Journalism in Sweden, Acting in Paris and Directing at the California Institute of the Arts, during which time she attended classes as an exchange student at the "Konrad Wolf" Academy of Film & Television (HFF/B) in Potsdam-Babelsberg. Her films include: the award-winning shorts Die Staerkere (1994), Chainsmoker (1997) and Real Men Eat Meat (1998), her first feature film Recycled (1999) and Big Girls Don't Cry (Grosse Maedchen weinen nicht, 2002).
Genre Drama, Coming-of-Age Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 2002
Director Maria von Heland
Screenplay Maria von Heland
Cinematography Roman Osin
Jessica Congdon
Niclas Frisk, Andreas Mattsson
Ulrika Andersson
Cast David Winter, Tillbert Strahl-Schaefer, Stefan Kurt, Nina Petri, Gabriela Maria Schmeide, Matthias Brandt, Josefine Domes, Karoline Herfurth, Anna Maria Mühe
Producers Andrea Willson, Judy Tossell
Production Company Deutsche Columbia Pictures Filmproduktion , in co-production with Egoli Tossell Film/Berlin
Length 87 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Sound Technology Dolby Digital, Dolby
Festivals Gothenburg 2003, San Sebastian 2003
With backing from German Federal Film Board
German Distributor Columbia TriStar Film/Berlin

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