In Theaters or Watch at Home 06.17.2022


Directed by Leonie Krippendorff
Film Movement
95 Minutes
Drama, LGBTQIA2S+, Romance, Coming of Age
Not Rated

Described as "seductive and well-acted" (The Guardian), Cocoon tells the coming-of-age transformation of Nora, a 14-year-old from Berlin, over the course of one blisteringly hot summer. A shy girl with a troubled mother and loving but boy-crazy older sister, Nora must contend with the many tribulations of early teenage years largely by herself. She gets her period for the first time, falls in love with another girl, has her heart broken, and, inevitably, learns to stand up for herself and what she wants. Shot with a deep understanding of teenage-girl desires, Cocoon is a sun-soaked tale of one girl's self-discovery on the cusp of young adulthood.

Director & Cast

  • Director: Leonie Krippendorff
  • Starring: Lena Urzendowsky
  • Starring: Jella Haase
  • Starring: Lena Klenke
  • Starring: Elina Vildanova




  • "Krippendorff's feature debut feels fresh and authentic, both in terms of the performances, and in the film's restless sense of place, the culturally mixed Kreuzberg neighbourhood of Kottbusser Tor."
    Wendy Ide, Screen Daily
  • "An authentic, queer coming-of-age story takes place in the summer streets of Berlin in the award-winning, Cocoon: writer and director Leonie Krippendorff’s second full-length feature. Following a young 14-year-old girl’s metamorphosis as she experiences quintessential Berlin teen life, the film is a tender comment on sexuality, womanhood and growing up in general. The drama, with its strong performances and artistic shots, creates a warm yet slow-burn viewing experience and positions itself as a strong love letter to both the city and its new generation. "
    Emma-Jane Betts, The Upcoming
  • "The acting in Leonie Krippendorff’s tale of sexual awakening is outstanding, as a girl comes out during a hot Berlin summer."
    Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
  • "Krippendorff crafts a stunningly alluring narrative of feminine intimacy."
    Emily Maskell, Flip Screen
  • "[A] balmy introduction to adult feelings of desire and belonging."
    Teo Bugbee, The New York Times
  • "Krippendorff's film emerges as its own uniquely tender thing: a depiction of sexual awakening that beautifully captures the moment when adolescence tips into adulthood."
    Josh Winning, Radio Times
  • "Leonie Krippendorff's engaging coming-of-age drama is one of the best teen dramas of the year."
    Matthew Turner, VODzilla
  • "Leonie Krippendorf’s queer teen romance is a sun-kissed story of growth and metamorphosis."
    Ariel Klinghoffer, Little White Lies
  • "Writer-director Leonie Krippendorff’s second feature offers a warm and authentic look at that awkward middle ground between adolescence and adulthood, as bodies mature and minds fight through a jungle of uncertain thoughts and emotions. "
    Steven Sheehan, The Digital Fix
  • "A perfectly pitched teenage drama that dodges adolescent film clichés with delicacy and sensitivity. You’ll remember the firsts in your life, smile, and be thankful for hindsight."
    The Tempo House
  • "Edgy, slick but wide-eyed, this is a whimsical romance played against the salacious calamity of teenagehood. "
    Ben Turner, The Pink Lens
  • "This is a tender and softly affecting addition to the crowded coming-of-age genre."
    Andrew Stover, Film Threat
  • "Lena Urzendowsky gives a rich and heartfelt performance."
    Valerie Kalfrin, AWFJ Women on Film
  • "Urzendowsky is a revelation as Nora."
    Lee Jutton, Film Inquiry