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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.
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
Runtime 94 min
Format 35 mm, color
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 MOIN Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Nordmedia
German Distributor X Verleih

World Sales
Bavaria Media International