Nora, a shy 14-year-old Berlin girl, will never forget this way too hot summer. Surrounded by people with disrupted biographies, from different cultures and backgrounds, she makes her way into adulthood. Nora gets her first period, falls in love with another girl, learns to stand up for herself and gets her heart broken for the first time. When summer ends, things will never be the same again for Nora.
- "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."
- "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. "
- "The acting in Leonie Krippendorff’s tale of sexual awakening is outstanding, as a girl comes out during a hot Berlin summer."
- "Krippendorff crafts a stunningly alluring narrative of feminine intimacy."
- "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."
- "Leonie Krippendorff's engaging coming-of-age drama is one of the best teen dramas of the year."
- "Leonie Krippendorf’s queer teen romance is a sun-kissed story of growth and metamorphosis."
- "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. "
- "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."
- "Edgy, slick but wide-eyed, this is a whimsical romance played against the salacious calamity of teenagehood. "
Awards & Recognition
Santo Domingo OutFest
Berlin Int'l. Film Festival
German Film Critics Association Awards
New Directors Competition
São Paulo Int'l. Film Festival
Best Feature Film
Guadalajara Int'l. Film Festival
Frameline LGBTQ Film Festival
Reeling: Chicago LGBT Int'l. Film Festival
Seattle Queer Film Festival
Kristiansand Int'l. Children's Film Festival
BUFF Malmö Int'l. Children & Young People's Festival
Image et Nation Montreal