Film Festival Film|Neu 2018: Back for Good

© Mia Spengler © Mia Spengler

Fri, 11/02/2018

Landmark's E Street Cinema

555 11th St NW
Washington, DC

Germany, 2017, 91 min., Director: Mia Spengler, Screenplay: Stefanie Schmitz, Mia Spengler, Cast: Kim Riedle, Juliane Köhler, Leonie Wesselow, Distribution: Zum Goldenen Lamm Filmproduktion
  • Festivals: Berlinale 2017 (Perspektive Deutsches Kino)

Angie, a reality television star, is fresh out of rehab. The whole visit was really just a PR stunt so that she could secure a place on the next season of Jungle Camp. But competition is fierce in a world where attention is money. In Angie’s absence, she has been dumped by her boyfriend and her manager, and none of her so-called friends are able to take her in. Thus, Angie must return to her backwater hometown and move in with her mother, Monika.

Angie’s young teenage sister, Kiki, lives with epilepsy and must wear a helmet at all times, rendering her an outcast among her peers. When Kiki attempts to connect with strangers on the internet by uploading a dance video, she is instead met with cyberbullying and ridicule. Feeling a connection with her little sister’s desire to find a place where she belongs, Angie becomes a mentor to Kiki, and the two realize they have more in common than they thought. Still, the temptation to return to the reality television world leaves Angie wondering where she now belongs.

Mia Spengler (b. 1986) was born in Munich and studied at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. Her films include: the award-winning shorts Dazwischen (2009), Das Ritual (2010), Heimweg (2012), 2 Know U (music video, 2012), Don’t Hit the Ground (2013), Trennungstraining (series pilot, 2015), her graduation feature Back for Good (2017), and the feature Verbindungsfehler (2017).
 

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