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En Garde

En Garde
Maria Kwiatkowsky (photo © X Verleih)

Sixteen-year-old Alice was put into a Catholic educational institute for girls by her mother. She is quite different from the other girls: Because of her extreme sense of hearing she perceives the world around her differently from other people and prefers to stay pretty much by herself. In the home she meets Berivan, a Kurdish girl stranded in the same place hoping for a positive judgment from the German immigration authorities. Gradually, Alice opens up to Berivan and they become friends. But the situation between the two begins to dramatically get out of control after Berivan falls in love

En Garde is a moving story about two girls’ friendship, their hopes and dreams and their favorite game: fencing.

Ayse Polat was born in Malatya/Turkish Kurdistan in 1970 and moved to Germany in 1978. She made several shorts on 8 mm and video from 1985-1991 and studied Philosophy, Cultural Studies and German in Berlin and Bremen from 1991-1993. Her films include: FREMDENNACHT (short, 1992), EIN FEST FÜR BEYHAU (short, 1993) which won the WDR Promotion Prize in Münster in 1994 and First Prize at the Turkish Film Festival in Nuremberg the same year, COUNTESS SOPHIA HATUN (short, 1997, Jury Prize Ankara 1997), and the features TOUR ABROAD (1999, Young Director’s Talent Prize Ankara 2001), EN GARDE (2004, Silver Leopard Locarno 2001), and LUK'S LUCK (2010).
Genre Coming-of-Age Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 2004
Director Ayse Polat
Screenplay Ayse Polat
Cinematography Patrick Orth
Gergana Voigt
Cast Antje Westermann, Geno Lechner, Teresa Harder, Luk Piyes, Pinar Erincin, Maria Kwiatkowsky
Producer Maria Koepf
Production Company X Filme Creative Pool, in co-production with ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel, in association with Intervista Digital Media/Hamburg
Length 94 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Locarno 2004 (In Competition), Hamburg 2004, Cine Independiente Buenos Aires 2005
Awards Best Leading Actresses & Silver Leopard Locarno 2004, Otto Sprenger Prize Hamburg 2004
With backing from Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Nordmedia
German Distributor X Verleih

World Sales
Bavaria Media International