youth days
The remarkable thing about this year’s exground youth days is that the number of women has surpassed that of men in the director’s chair: they’re responsible for four of the seven productions and place the focus on growing protagonists and their longing, rebellion and problems – whether it’s 13-year-old Joana from Brazil in THE FIRST DEATH OF JOANA, barely older Venera from Kosovo in her struggle against archaic and patriarchal structures in LOOKING FOR VENERA, or Jana and Maya from North Macedonia in SISTERHOOD, whose friendship is on the verge of being destroyed in the wake of their manipulative behaviour on social media. But the everyday reality of young men is also treated in the International Youth Film Competition, which features prizes totalling EUR 4,000. You can look forward to magic images from the edge of the Venetian Lagoon, and pursue speedboat dreams with Daniele in ATLANTIDE. Or worry along with 13-year-old Ramin from Iran in ANY DAY NOW, as he and his family await deportation from Finland. Or feel music’s power to shape identity in the French production SOUL KIDS.

ANY DAY NOW
by Hamy Ramezan
Finland 2020 82 min Finnish and Farsi original version with German and English subtitles

ATLANTIDE
by Yuri Ancarani
Italy 2021 90 min Italian original version with German and English subtitles

BEYTO
by Gitta Gsell
Switzerland 2020 98 min Swiss German and Turkish original version with German subtitles

LOOKING FOR VENERA [NË KËRKIM TË VENERËS]
by Norika Sefa
Kosovo 2021 111 min Albanian original version with German and English subtitles

SISTERHOOD [SESTRI]
by Dina Duma
Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of/Kosovo/Montenegro 2021 90 min Macedonian original version with German and English subtitles

SOUL KIDS
by Hugo Sobelman
France 2021 75 min English original version with German subtitles

THE FIRST DEATH OF JOANA [A PRIMEIRA MORTE DE JOANA]
by Cristiane Oliveira
Brazil/France 2021 91 min Portugese and German original version with German subtitles

WIESBADEN YOUTH FILM COMPETITION

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