A film based on an extraordinary story by Helene Hegemann

Mia is fifteen and has experienced more than her fair share of traumatisation. After her mother's death, she moves in with her Aunt Cleo which thrusts her into the politically resigned leftist cultural scene of Berlin. Having given up hope that she'll ever grow up in a stable family atmosphere, she tries to establish herself in an adult world. However, she discovers that this world is far more bizarre than young people could ever imagine.

The film is based on a screenplay by the 15-year-old playwright Helene Hegemann, who also directed the film. Torpedo not only tells the story of Mia, but also reveals the neglect and underestimation of children by adults who often have "no other basis of argumentation than their age of majority" (H. Hegemann). It is a film about the emotional state of children and youth, portrayed from a young person's authentic point of view. The Federal Cultural Foundation funded the film as part of the research efforts.

Written and directed by: Helene Hegemann
Asst. director: Mirko Borscht
Camera: Kathrin Krottenthaler
Featuring: Alice Dwyer, Jule Böwe, Caroline Peters, Agon Ramadani, Matthias Matschke Produced by: credo:film Berlin

Schedule and venue:
28 October 2008 Volksbühne, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, Film Premiere
Film presentation throughout Germany


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