Coming-of-age film about hot summer that changed everything
Fourteen-year-old Nora lives in the cool Kreuzberg district of Berlin. Her older sister, who practically raised her, enjoys her free time with a group of friends and takes Nora everywhere with her. They stroll around the city or hang out by the swimming pool, where they can hide from the scorching sun at least for a while. Nora is seen as a silent observer, who prefers to sit nearby and captures the world around her through Instagram videos. Even her other hobby, breeding caterpillars and butterflies, does not add to her popularity among peers. Her timid attitude begins to change the moment she meets a free-spirited and charismatic Roma. The daily routine is replaced by adventure, and thanks to the new girl Nora experiences great love for the first time, with all the joys and sorrows that are inseparable from it. Just as caterpillars slowly turn into butterflies with colorful wings, Nora becomes a young woman. And all thanks to a few sunny months in a hot city.
The delicate and at the same time dynamic coming-of-age film is the work of director Leonie Krippendorff, whose work is closely connected not only with LGBTQ+ topics, but also with Berlin and its unique atmosphere. In 2016, she debuted with the feature film Looping, which maps the fates of three women in a psychiatric hospital. In the same year, she co-wrote the screenplay for the adaptation of the Sonia Rossi's memoir of the same name, Fucking Berlin. According to the weekly Variety, she has become one of the most remarkable names in European cinema. Cocoon is her second film.
Distribution number: QR19005.
Original title: Kokon
Director: Leonie Krippendorff
Screenplay: Leonie Krippendorff
Camera: Martin Neumeyer
Sound: Maya Postepski
Cast: Lena Urzendowsky, Jella Haase, Lena Klenke, Elina Vildanova
Recommended accessibility: 15+
Length: 95 minutes
Copies: DCP2D, mp4
Format: 16:9 & 4:3