Thu. Nov. 9, 2017 9:15 PM
Roxie Theater, San Francisco
Northern California Premiere
90 mins. Germany (2017). DCP Projection. German with English subtitles.
Director: Jakob Lass
Starring: Ella Rumpf, Maria Dragus
Screenplay: Jakob Lass, Ines Schiller, Hannah Schopf, Nico Woche, Eva-Maria Reimer
Cinematography: Timon Schäppi
Editor: Adrienne Hudson, Gesa Jäger
Producer: Ines Schiller, Golo Schultz
World Sales: Picture Tree International, Germany
Vanilla (Maria-Victoria Dragus) is looking at a career in law enforcement. After failing the police exam, she signs up as a security guard while waiting to take the test again, and in the interim meets Tiger (RAW’s Ella Rumpf), a wild child who appeals to Vanilla's sense of adventure. As Vanilla and Tiger get themselves into one scrape of criminal mischief after another, it becomes apparent that Tiger doesn't have to teach Vanilla anything about trouble that she doesn't already know. Run-ins with cops, drug dealers and innocent civilians convince Tiger that she's made the wrong friend, but will she survive long enough to learn her lesson? An unpredictable ride through modern-day Berlin, TIGER GIRL showcases brilliant rising talents in leads Dragus (last seen starring in Cristian Mungiu's GRADUATION) and Rumpf (cementing her place as a major new star after her acclaimed work in RAW), who deliver a pair of unforgettable performances that make TIGER GIRL incredibly fresh and exciting. They, along with director/co-writer Jakob Lass, bring a wild, kinetic energy to TIGER GIRL that helps it stand far apart from most classic “lost youth” films of recent years. Expertly showcasing a street-level view of life in the Berlin underworld, it's an often-exhilarating ride that also serves as an unyielding character study of two lost girls struggling to fend for themselves in city where free spirits are constantly broken by the world around them. Armed with two of the year’s top performances, TIGER GIRL is one of 2017’s most exciting discoveries. - Matthew Kiernan, Fantasia Film Festival Montreal
The film screened in many major international film showcases, including recently the British Film Institute's London Film Festival, Fantasia Film Festival Montreal, Alamo Drafthouse's Fantastic Fest, the Chicago International, and the 50th SITGES – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia.
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