German Film Festival 2019

SWIMMING is the story of Elisa and Anthea, two very different girls, whose friendship gives them orientation and stability in the most difficult time of their young lives. They develop a game – which turns them from victims into offenders. The girls start recording everything they do with their cell phone cameras. Soon they secretly film their classmates, particularly the ones who used to bully Elisa. Their friendship takes on a destructive dynamic, which becomes dangerous for those who get in the duo’s way.
Source: German Films

“Swimming benefits from strong lead performances and a marketably zeitgeisty theme – phone-footage bullying.”

- Jonathan Romney, Screendaily



Germany, 2018

Director: Luzie Loose
Script: Luzie Loose
Cinematography: Anne Bolick
Editor: Marco Rottig
Musik:  Andreas Pfeiffer
With: Stephanie Amarell, Lisa Vicari, Jonathan Berlin, Bjarne Meisel, Mohammed Issa, Christian Heiner Wolf, Jürg Plüss, Deborah Kaufmann,
Alexandra Finder
Producers: Christoph Holthof-Keim, Daniel Reich
Duration: 102 mins
Language: German with English subtitles
Rating: R 16 - cruelty, drug use, sexual material, offensive language

Awards (selection)

Hof Gold Award 2019 (Best Directing), Max Ophüls Award 2019


New Plymouth, Len Lye Centre: 24 August, 4:00pm
Dunedin, Dunedin Public Art Gallery: 25 August, 10:15am
Christchurch, Lumière Cinemas: 1 September, 3:30pm
Wellington, Light House Cinema Cuba, 6 September, 6:15pm
Auckland, Academy Cinemas, 14 September, 3:30pm