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Axolotl Overkill

Helene Hegemann
Germany 2017 / 93’
subtitles: Polish and English

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.

Ewa Szabłowska


Sundance 2017 (World Dramatic Competition) – Cinematography Award


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Helene Hegemann

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.


2008 Torpedo

2017 Przetrąceni / Axolotl Overkill

Cast & Crew

director Helene Hegemann
screenplay Helene Hegemann (based on her novel)
cinematography Manu Dacosse
editing Bettina Bohler
music Milena Fessmann
cast Jasna Fritzi Bauer, Arly Jover, Mavie Hörbiger, Laura Tonke, Julius Feldmeier
producer Hanneke Van der Tas, Alain de la Mata
production Vandertastic
sales Match Factory
awards Sundance 2017 (World Dramatic Competition) – Cinematography Award
language German, English
colouration colour