Axolotl Overkill

Helene HegemannGermany94 minutes201714AGerman

Feb 18
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German artist-turned-filmmaker Helene Hegemann makes her feature debut with Axolotl Overkill, an adaption of her own controversial first novel, about the explosion that is the life of a teen girl named Mifti. Jumping between Mifti's friendship with a television star, her affair with a mysterious woman, and her chaotic half-family, Hegemann explores trauma, love, and generally not giving a fuck. Much like an axolotl — an amphibious creature permanently stuck in an infantile state and unable to leave the water as a result — Mifti seems to exist inside a bubble that shields her innocence from the dangers of the world. Hegemann's adaptation is a beautiful portrait of young, resilient women in control of their own sexuality as they navigate Berlin's wild party scene. Sure to result in laughter, tears, and laughter-induced tears, Axolotl Overkill captures what it feels like to be young and untouchable.


Additional Credits

Helene Hegemann
Production Company
Vandertastic, Constantin Film AG
Helene Hegemann
Jasna Fritzi Bauer, Arly Jover, Mavie Horbiger, Laura Tonke, Julius Feldmeier
International Sales Agent
The Match Factory
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