Mifti, a 16-year-old who looks like an American Apparel model, is as lost as a child at Berlin's Zoo Station. Her mother is dead, and her father has just moved out to go live with his lover. Mifti and her half-siblings are left to live in an empty apartment. Freedom means that Mifti can do anything she wants, event floating off into a hedonistic cloud of hard drugs and casual sex at Berlin's clubs. Her emotional life is guided by two older women: an emotionally inaccessible lover and a bipolar friend. Helene Hegemann based AxolotlOverkill on a novel she wrote at the age of 16. The most controversial literary debut in Germany at the beginning of the 21st century, it unleashed a national discussion on intertextuality, plagiarism, and originality versus authenticity in literature. A stylish and nihilistic portrait of a young woman balanced on the edge of self-destruction, set in a strobe-lit Berlin.
Sundance 2017 (World Dramatic Competition) – Cinematography Award
Born in 1992, Helene Hegemann is a wunderkind of German literature and cinema. At the age of 15, she wrote a play called Ariel. A year later, she wrote the novel Axolotl Roadkill, and two years later, she made her first film, Torpedo, for which she won a Max Ophüls Award. She also had a small role in Nicolette Krebiz's film Germany 09: 13 Short Films About the State of the Nation. In 2013, she published her second novel, Jage zwei Tiger.
2017 Przetrąceni / Axolotl Overkill