Film Info: WANJA


photo © Kathrin Krottenthaler

After a long stay in prison, Wanja (40) tries to avoid all the traps which could trigger her addictive past and lure her into dubious circles. She takes on innocuous jobs taking care of animals, moves into assisted social housing and meets with her probation officer on a regular basis.

At her work on at the trotting racecourse, where she is responsible for the care of the horses, she meets the 16-year-old somewhat stubborn Emma. Very soon, Wanja becomes fond of this troubled young girl, recognizing a bit of herself in her. But Emma takes hard drugs and this exerts a dangerous attraction on Wanja. Unavoidably, Wanja is heading toward the crash that she was trying to avoid.

Carolina Hellsgard was born in 1977 in Stockholm. She graduated from the University of the Arts in Berlin in 2007. Since 2003, she has been active as a freelance editor and artist assistant. In 2008, she received a DAAD artist grant for the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles. Her short films have screened in numerous venues and festivals. Active as a freelance writer, editor and director, her films include: the shorts KARAOKE (2008), HUNGER (2009), HEROES (2012), LÄUFER (2013), and her feature debut WANJA (2015).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2015
Director Carolina Hellsgard
Screenplay Carolina Hellsgard
Cinematography Kathrin Krottenthaler
Cast Anne Ratte-Polle, Nele Trebs, Viktor Minich, Marko Dyrlich, Mehmet Yilmaz
Producer Johanna Aust
Co-Producers Kim Neumann, Jürgen Schaum, Sebastian Wolters
Production Company FLICKFILM, in co-production with STORYTELLERS
Length 87 min
Format DCP 4K, HD, Blu-ray, color, 1:1.85
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Berlinale 2015 (Perspektive Deutsches Kino), Cinema Jove Valencia 2015, Valletta 2015, Montreal 2015, Cambridge 2015, Cork 2015, Göteborg 2016
Awards Best Screenplay Valletta 2015
With backing from BKM, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film, Nordmedia

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