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Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 04/2015

When confronted with his past and present, will Phil fight – or take flight?

After a summer away at camp, Phil returns home to find that his mother, Glass, and twin sister, Dianne, aren’t speaking to one another. Not willing to confront his family during the last days of the summer holidays, Phil escapes to hang out with his best friend, eating ice cream and playing dress-up. As the school year begins, a new student arrives – the handsome and mysterious Nicholas. Smitten, Phil watches his crush as he runs around the track after school, and is thrilled when Nicholas returns his feelings. However, when first love’s volatility comes to light, Phil realizes he must deal with the problems of his past, in order to deal with the issues of his present.
Genre Coming-of-Age Story, Drama, LGBT
Category Feature
Year of Production 2016
Director Jakob M. Erwa
Screenplay Jakob M. Erwa
Cinematography Ngo The Chau
Cast Louis Hofmann, Sabine Timoteo, Philine Stappenbeck, Jannik Schümann
Producer Boris Schönfelder
Co-Producers Viktoria Salcher, Mathias Forberg, Bernhard zu Castell, Jakob M. Erwa
Production Company Neue Schönhauser Filmproduktion, in co-production with Prisma Film/Vienna, Universum Film, mojo:pictures/Berlin
Runtime 115 min
Format DCP, color
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Moscow 2016 (In Competition), Giffoni 2016, Montreal World 2016, CPH PIX/BUSTER Copenhagen 2016, Palm Springs 2017, Cleveland 2017, Istanbul 2017, Gold Coast FF 2017, MIX Milano 2017, Outflix Memphis 2017, Reel Q Pittsburgh LGBT Film Festival 2017, Vues d'en face! Grenoble 2017
Awards Audience Award MIX Milano 2017, Audience Award Reel Q 2017, Audience Award Grenoble 2017
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, BKM, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds, German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, Filmfonds Wien, Österreichisches Filminstitut, Cineart Filmkunst Steiermark, Drehbuchforum Wien
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