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COMBAT GIRLS
KRIEGERIN
2011, 100 min, Germany, Dir: David Wnendt

Teenage neo-Nazi Marisa (Alina Levshin) lives a life dictated by violence with a firm belief in white supremacy. Meanwhile, 15-year-old Svenja (Jella Haase) is rigorously studious, never straying from her path of good behavior. When Marisa sees her convictions shaken after meeting an Afghan refugee, and Svenja realizes her boredom with her listless perfection and becomes enticed by the dark side of adolescence, the two young women find their lives colliding with an alarming urgency. Narrating two personal journeys, David Wnendt's award-winning debut film features astounding performances from both Levshin and Haase, who perfectly embody the quiet, unwieldy despair of idle teens lacking proper role models. In German with English subtitles.


DEATH OF A SUPERHERO
2012, 97 min, Ireland, Dir: Ian Fitzgibbon

Blending live action with animation and adapting a novel by Anthony McCarten, DEATH OF A SUPERHERO follows the fate of typical 15-year-old Donald (Thomas Brodie-Sangster). Donald has issues with his parents, his school and would-be romantic relationships, all the while nurturing a burgeoning artistic talent. But his perspective changes when he is diagnosed with cancer. Left bald and gaunt by chemo, Donald retreats into his own world, where he becomes an invincible superhero. Helped by a psychiatrist (mo-cap maestro Andy Serkis), his parents and the girl he falls in love with, Donald decides to make the most of his remaining days.


DOLLHOUSE
2012, 95 min, Ireland, Dir: Kirsten Sheridan

A group of five street teens breaks into an upper-class house in the Dublin suburb of Dalkey. With drugs and alcohol aplenty, the night quickly turns crazy and out-of-control, with truth games leading to unexpected revelations. Sheridan's raw third feature captures the anger, hopelessness and insecurity of being a teenager, and delivers perfectly controlled yet escalating tension. “A dynamic, delirious social allegory.” - Berlinale 2012.


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