Film - New German Cinema Filmfest 2021


Directed by Sinje Köhler


Director: Sinje Köhler
Section: New German Cinema
Country: Germany
Year: 2021
Language: German
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Homa Faghiri, Ina Maria Jaich, Janet Rothe, Natalia Rudziewicz, Thandi Sebe
18+ (no age rating)

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The perfect summer movie with wonderfully precise observations about the friendship shared by a group of women.

Six women in their late twenties have been a tight clique since their school days. As they do every summer, they’re going on vacation together to Lake Garda in northern Italy. The women have known each other for more than 15 years, but during that time they’ve grown apart in more ways than just geographical. Their friendship is based mainly on their shared past and has stagnated due to lots of unexpressed conflicts. This year there are only five in the group, because one abruptly decided not to go. Since then she’s been unreachable, leaving a lot of room for interpretation. A strict schedule, the various personalities and life crises, and all kinds of secrets that come to light finally push things to the breaking point one evening.

You can buy tickets for the screening at the associated cinema Filmtheater Sendlinger Tor here.

Meet the director


Sinje Köhler

Sinje Köhler is a freelance writer-director who was born in Darmstadt in 1988. After completing her Bachelor of Arts in motion pictures at the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, she earned a degree in screenwriting and directing from the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg. Her films have enjoyed international success, including a nomination for a Student Oscar and being awarded the top prize at FILMSCHOOLFEST 2017 for her short film BLUE SUMMER SYMPHONY. VIVA FOREVER (2021) is her feature-film debut, for which she also wrote the screenplay. Köhler lives in Berlin.


Screenplay: Sinje Köhler
Director of Photography: Fabian Gamper
Film Editor: David Kuruc
Composer: Freya Arde
Production Designer: Katherine Halbach
Costume Design: Teresa Grosser
Sound: Lukas Kordwig, Bal-Aton Bori, Stefan Bück
Sound design: Maximilian Rodegra
Animation: Dagmar Voit
Make-up artist: Heidi Wick, Désirée Schober, Jenny Wehrli
Producer: Kathrin Rodemeier, Nils Gustenhofen
Production Company: Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
Co-Producer: Joachim Weiler
Co-Production Company: Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF)
TV channel: Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF)