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Scene from "Sonja" (photo © Yoliswa Gaertig)

It’s the time, when everything is very fragile, unique and easy to be wounded. Together with her girlfriends, Sonja talks about sex like any other, but for her best friend Julia she tells that she never slept with a boy – not even with her boyfriend, Anton. Sonja notices her new feelings to Julia, but thinks: you can’t be in love with your best girlfriend…Sonja brings a weekend at her Father’s place at the Baltic and after that is nothing like it used to be. The summer is over.

Kirsi Marie Liimatainen was born in Finland in 1968 and studied Theater and Drama at the University of Tampere. From 1991 to 1999 she worked as an actress in films, television and theater in Finland. From 1999-2006 she studied Directing at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF. She participated in the Résidence du Festival Cannes as well as the residence programs of CÉCI, Binger Film Lab, Torino Film Lab and Saari of the KONEFoundation. Her films include: MODLICHA (doc, 2001), THE TIME OF THE SPRING (2002), SONJA (2006), FORTRESS (2011), ALAVILLA MAILLA HALLANVAARA (mini-series, 2011), and COMRADE, WHERE ARE YOU TODAY? (doc, 2016).
Genre Drama, Love Story, Coming-of-Age Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 2006
Director Kirsi Marie Liimatainen
Screenplay Kirsi Marie Liimatainen
Cinematography Yoliswa Gaertig
Ronny Bischoff
Friedemann Matzeit
Jenny Roesler
Cast Sabrina Kruschwitz, Julia Kaufmann, Christian Kirste, Nadja Engel, Joachim Laetsch, Jakob Kraze
Producer Renate Ruemmler
Production Company Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, in co-production with MDR
Length 73 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Ophuels Festival Saarbruecken 2006, Grenzland Filmtage 2006, Filmkunstfest Schwerin 2006 (In Competition) , Rio 2006, Miami 2007
With backing from Jugend- und Familienstiftung des Landes Berlin

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