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First Time, The (erste Mal, Das)

First Time, The

15-year-old Fili has a crush on the American actor Johnny Depp. Even though the young Berlin girl hasn't yet met the teenie-idol personally, she is convinced that she and Johnny are destined for one another. So the enamored schoolgirl starts saving up for an air ticket to Los Angeles. Even when Fili, still a virgin, finds out that the actor prefers more mature women, she is not prepared to give up: She'll just have to become sexually experienced with some other man beforehand. But trying to find the right man for her initiation turns out to be more difficult and complicated than Fili thought, for the chap she finally decides on seems disinterested ...


Connie Walther studied Sociology and Spanish before switching over to Photography. After gathering experience as a lighting gaffer and production and directing assistant, she studied at the German Film & Television Academy (dffb) in Berlin and landed her first success with her graduation film Das erste Mal (1996), which was named Best Graduation Film from a German film academy in that year. Since then, she has demonstrated her talents with various genres and formats with films such as: Boersday Blues (short, 1992), Der Clown II (TV, 1997), Tic Tac Toe (TV documentary, 1998), Hauptsache Leben (1998), Offene Rechnung (TV, 1999), Never Mind the Wall (Wie Feuer und Flamme, 2001), Im falschen Leben (TV, 2001), Und Tschuess, ihr lieben (TV, 2002), Ei in Japan (documentary, 2005), Mord in aller Unschuld (TV, 2006), 12 Means: I Love You (TV, 2007), and Long Shadows (Schattenwelt, 2008).
Genre Coming-of-Age Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 1996
Director Connie Walther
Screenplay Connie Walther, Anke Schenkluhn
Cinematography Peter Nix
Carola Huelsebus
Reinhold Heil
Cast Benno Fürmann, Lavinia Wilson
Producer Susan Schulte
Production Companies Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB), SWF, Stuttgart, in co-production with WDR, MDR
Length 89 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Sound Technology Dolby SR, Dolby Stereo
Festivals Hof 1996
With backing from Bundeszentrale fuer gesundheitliche Aufklaerung
German Distributor SWF/Baden-Baden

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