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She likes to experiment with vegetables while masturbating and thinks that body hygiene is greatly overrated. She shocks those around her by speaking her mind in a most unladylike manner on topics that many people would not even dare to think of: meet Helen Memel!

Helen is a handful for her divorced parents – yet all she longs for is to see her family reunited. She only feels truly at home with her friend and soul mate Corinna, who is her partner in crime as she breaks one social taboo after the other.

One day Helen has an intimate shaving accident and ends up in the hospital. It is not only the head doctor, Prof Notz, who considers her an unusual case: she makes waves throughout the hospital with her fierce wit and candid manner. Helen sees a chance to reconcile her parents at her sickbed and finds an ally in her male nurse, Robin, who well and truly sweeps her off her feet...

David Wnendt was born in 1977 in Gelsenkirchen and grew up as the son of a diplomat in Islamabad, Miami, Brussels and the German town Meckenheim. He made his first forays into the world of theater and film production working in a variety of jobs, such as lighting technician, editor and production assistant. After graduating in Business Administration and Journalism from Berlin Free University and completing a one-year film course at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, he was accepted at the renowned University of Film & Television “Konrad Wolf” in Potsdam-Babelsberg in 2004. While still a student of the university’s Directing program, he won an award at the International Short Film Festival interfilm Berlin in 2006 for his short film CALIFORNIA DREAMS. Wnendt‘s first medium-length feature film SMALL LIGHTS starring Rosalie Thomass was broadcast on ARTE in 2008. Wnendt‘s powerful graduation film, COMBAT GIRLS, which he both wrote and directed, was met with great acclaim: the drama, depicting the right-wing scene in eastern Germany, won three German Film Awards shortly after its cinema release in 2012: in Bronze for Best Feature Film, Best Screenplay and Best Actress for Alina Levshin. Wnendt also received the Bavarian Film Award for Best Young Director, the Young German Cinema Award, the Prix Genève-Europe for Best Screenplay and the First Steps Award for Best Full-Length Feature Film. His other films include: HANNA’S HOBBY (doc short, 2005) and WETLANDS (2013).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2013
Director David Wnendt
Screenplay David Wnendt, Claus Falkenberg
Cinematography Jakub Bejnarowicz
Cast Carla Juri, Christoph Letkowski, Meret Becker, Axel Milberg, Marlen Kruse, Peri Baumeister, Edgar Selge, Harry Baer
Producer Peter Rommel
Production Company Rommel Film, in co-production with ZDF
Length 109 min
Format 35 mm, DCP, color, cs
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Locarno 2013 (In Competition), Sundance 2014, Miami 2014, CPH PIX 2014, Nashville 2014, Seattle 2014, Melbourne 2014, Sitges 2014, FEST Belgrade 2015
Awards Grand Jury Prize & Best Actress (ex aequo) Nashville 2014
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Board, German Federal Film Fund, BKM
German Distributor Majestic Filmverleih

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