Film - New German Cinema


Directed by Merle Grimme


Director: Merle Grimme
Section: New German Cinema
Country: Germany
Year: 2023
Language: German
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Rabea Lüthi, Thelma Buabeng, Şafak Şengül, Jane Chirwa, Minh-Khai Phan-Thi, Lisa Hrdina, Christine Wilhelmi


At times tragicomic, at times frightening, this thought-provoking feature film takes a close look at discussions on diversity that range from empowerment to tokenism

In order to avoid being “canceled”, an association called “House of Womxn” must immediately change the panel that will be participating in an international women’s conference in order to satisfy a diversity checklist. As a result, the very diverse panelists clash in the empty clubhouse, revealing some painful differences at first, but then some affirming commonalities as well.

The world premiere will be hosted with the Frameline festival.

Show calendar


  • (only P&I)
    City 3
  • Sendlinger Tor
  • City 1
  • ASTOR Club Kino

Meet the director


Merle Grimme

Merle Grimme is a German film director, screenwriter, and producer. She earned a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Hildesheim in 2010 and has been studying documentary film at the University of Television and Film Munich (HFF) since 2014. Her social spot “Der deutsche Kinderwunsch?” earned the jury award of the ZEIT Legacy Study and was ZEIT Online’s “Best of 2017” with more than 500,000 views. In 2023, Grimme will complete her film degree with CLASHING DIFFERENCES. This work, created in collaboration with ZDF and Arte, will be presented as a film as well as a miniseries. Specifically for this project, she developed an anti-discriminatory and inclusive production model in order to overcome inequitable structures in the film industry.


Screenplay: Merle Grimme
Director of Photography: Diara Sow
Film Editor: Andi Pek
Composer: Jared Meier-Klodt, Johannes Stegemann
Production Designer: Stephanie Schober
Costume Design: Ulé Barcelos, Dilara Özkan
Sound: Nic Nagel
Sound design: Woepf Lechenmayr, Jonas Lechenmayr, Kai Unger
Make-up artist: Titi Amoako, Jenny Arlt, Layana Flachs
Casting director: Stephanie Maile
Producer: Mimi Klein, Gabriela Sperl
Production Company: a little. film production, sperl film + fernsehproduktion
Co-Production Company: HFF München
TV channel: ZDF/ arte