The film, with a great cast including Sarah Mahita and Béla Gabor Lenz in the leading roles, convinced the jury with its special courage in dealing with an often taboo subject.
From the jury’s statement:
The convincing screenplay creates a continuous build-up of tension. The intense acting of all actors and actresses, but especially of the two young protagonists, gets under the skin, it is authentic, moving and shows a very deep examination of the topics of self-harm, mental suffering and suicidal thoughts. In its relevance, this feature-length debut addresses both a young and an adult audience.”
The 26th International Film Festival for Children and Young Audiences Schlingel took place this year from October 09 to 16. Since 1996, the festival has been attracting young and old cineastes from Chemnitz and the surrounding area to the cinema with unusual and brand new films – this year 17,000 visitors attended. In addition to the film program, the festival also focuses on film and media education for kindergartens, schools and after-school programs. Accredited trade visitors can find out about the latest trends and issues relating to children’s and youth film in seminars and forums.