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Scene from LOLLIPOP MONSTER (photo © Network Movie/Hannes Hubach)

Two girls, Ari and Oona, dream of breaking free. The Baron, singer of their favorite band Tier sings: “We sense everything, you won’t fool us. We’re desire, lust and instinct...”. But in their families, nobody feels, nobody talks. Ari’s mother refuses to realize that her kids are grown up and her brother terrorizes the family in her colorful design world. Lolita-like Ari gets some missing affection by having sex with grown-up men and competes for the attention of mysterious, black-clad Oona. Oona feels guilty about the suicide of her dad, scratches her arms bloody and paints dark pictures of violence.

The two girls follow their instinct and go on a manhunt, sneak through the jungle of the city, dance with the Baron and bare their teeth. “We’re one of a kind. We understand each other intuitively. Because we are the same species.” Through their friendship, Oona learns how to extrovert her anger and Ari finally feels some kind of self-respect. But Ari starts an affair with Oona’s hated uncle Lukas. When Oona catches them red-handed, she is deeply hurt. The girls see only one last chance to save their friendship… “You should never forget that I could easily eat you…”

Ziska Riemann was born in 1973 and grew up in Berlin. She published her first graphic novel in 1991, together with Gerhard Seyfried. They published another five graphic novels (Space Bastards, Future Subjunkies, Starship Eden, Die Comics. Alle!, and Kraft durch Freunde). Her first own comic strip Rascal & Lucille appeared in 1997. She trained as a shiatsu therapist from 1994-1997 and organized the Internet comic magazine Dr. Inka & Colores in 1999, a forum for young graphic novel artists. Besides her work as a graphic novel artist, she also writes short stories (Fleckenfeger) and film scripts. She received a scholarship from the Munich Screenplay Workshop in 1999/2000 and was awarded the Tankred Dorst Film Script Award for BLAME IT ON THE DOGS (DIE HUNDE SIND SCHULD), which was produced in 2000. In 2004, she founded the record label MerMer and published her solo album Wo hier bitte geht’s nach Shambhala?. She directed several short films between 2003 and 2010. LOLLIPOP MONSTER is her feature film debut.
Genre Coming-of-Age Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 2011
Director Ziska Riemann
Screenplay Ziska Riemann, Luci van Org
Cinematography Hannes Hubach
Cast Jella Haase, Sarah Horváth, Nicolette Krebitz, Thomas Wodianka, Sandra Borgmann, Rainer Sellien
Producers Wolfgang Cimera, Bettina Wente, Andi Wecker
Co-Producer Christian Cloos
Production Company Network Movie, in co-production with ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel
Length 96 min
Format 35 mm, color, 1:1.85
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Berlin 2011, Karlovy Vary 2011 (In Competition), Molodist Kiev 2011, Golden Horse Taipei 2011, Tallinn Black Nights 2011
Awards Special FICC Jury Mention Karlovy Vary 2011, Bavaria Film Prize 2011 Best Cinematography & Best Newcomer Actress
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Nordmedia, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film, German Federal Film Fund
German Distributor Salzgeber & Co. Medien

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