COMBAT GIRLS

COMBAT GIRLS

Original Title: Kriegerin

Synopsis

Marisa, a 20-year-old German girl, hates foreigners, Jews, cops, and everyone she finds guilty for the decline of her country. She provocates, drinks, fights and her next tattoo will be a portrait of Adolf Hitler. The only place she feels home is the Neo-Nazi gang she belongs to, where hate, violence, and heavy parties are the daily rules. When 14-year-old Svenja joins the group, Marisa appears like a role model to her: she fits the purest idea of a combat girl fighting for the group’s ideology. But Marisa’s convictions will slowly evolve when she accidentally meets a young Afghan refugee. Confronted to him, she will learn that the black and white principles of her gang are not the only way. Will Marisa ever be able to get out of this group?

Technical Information

2011; Germany; Drama, Coming of age; 103 minutes; DCP, HDCAM-SR; 1:2.35; Dolby SRD; Original Language: German; Subtitles: English

DIRECTOR

David Wnendt

WRITER

David Wnendt

D.O.P.

Jonas Schmager

EDITOR

Andreas Wodraschke

MUSIC

Johannes Repka

PRODUCTION COMPANY

Mafilm

PRODUCER

Eva-Marie Martens, Alexander Martens, René Frotscher

Marisa

Alina Levshin

Svenja

Jella Haase

Rasul

Sayed Ahmad Wasil Mrowat

Sandro

Gerdy Zint

Markus

Lukas Steltner

Oliver

Uwe Preuss

Andrea

Winnie Böwe

Bea

Rosa Enskat

Clemens

Haymon Maria Buttinger

Großvater Franz

Klaus Manchen

DAVID WNENDT

David Wnendt was born in 1977 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. His parents were moving a lot, so he was living in Islamabad, Miami, Brussels and Meckenheim. After his studies at the University of Berlin – Business Administration and Communication- and Massmedia with a specialisation on Journalism – he applied for the master at the Film and Television University “Konrad Wolf” in Potsdam-Babelsberg. During his studies he has been working for several TV, film and theater productions and tried different positions within the industry, like being the driver for a director from Hong-Kong or interviewing Janet Jackson. He gained some work experience at a theater in Paris as well. “Combat Girls” is his degree dissertation for the Film and Television University.

Selective Filmography

Feature Film

2008 Kleine Lichter

 

Short

2007 California Dreams

2006 Hannas Hobby

2000 Hanging On

2017

CAMPUS WEEK – OREGON STATE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Nov 03 – 07

2016

GOETHE INSTITUT TUNESIEN

Feb 25 – Mar 03

2013

GERMAN LANGUAGE FILM FESTIVAL

Apr 18 – 25

STARKE FRAUEN – LA FORZA DELLE DONNE

Feb 13 – 15

AL CUORE DEI CONFLITTI

Feb 01 – Dec 31

KINO – MOSTRA DE CINEMA DE EXPRESSAO ALEMA

Jan 24 – Feb 03

2012

FESTIVAL OF GERMAN FILMS

Dec 13 – 16 (in competition)

ANTI-RACIST FILMDAYS

Nov 15 – 20

CINEDAYS FESTIVAL OF EUROPEAN FILM

Nov 15 – 25

GERMAN FILM FESTIVAL

Nov 08 – 18

KINO/12 – RECENT GERMAN FILM PRODUCTIONS

Oct 25 – Nov 05 (opening movie)

DEUTSCH FILMWOCHE

Oct 05 – 10

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT FILM FESTIVAL

Sep 27 – Oct 04 (in competition)

FESTROIA

Sep 21 – 30

FANTASTIC FEST

Sep 20 – 27 (in competition)

BUSTER FILM FESTIVAL

Sep 13 – 23 (in competition)

CAMBRIDGE FILM FESTIVAL

Sep 13 – 23 (in competition)

FESTIVAL OF GERMAN FILMS

Sep 13 – 19

FILM FORUM ZADAR FESTIVAL

Aug 25 – 30 (in competition)

GALWAY FILM FLEADH

Jul 10 – 15

VOICES FILM FESTIVAL

Jul 06 – 10 (in competition)

FESTIVAL OF GERMAN FILMS IN MADRID

Jun 05 – 09

FREILUFTKINO KREUZBERG

May 18 – 18

CYPRUS FILM DAYS

Apr 20 – 29 (in competition)

AUDI FESTIVAL OF GERMAN FILMS

Apr 18 – May 06

ROME INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL

Apr 13 – 19 (in competition)

 

MAMERS EN MARS FF

awarded with the Youth Jury Award

Apr 01

MAMERS EN MARS FILM FESTIVAL

Mar 30 – Apr 01

DISCOVERY ZONE LUXEMBOURG CITY FILM FESTIVAL

Mar 01 – 09

ATLANTA JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL

Feb 06 – 26 (in competition)

2011

 

BAVARIAN TV-PRIZE 2011

J. Haase Best New Actress & D. Wnendt Best New Director”

Dec 30

JERUSALEM JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL

Dec 17 – 23

DUBAI INT. FILM FESTIVAL

Dec 07 – 14

TALLINN BLACK NIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL

Nov 16 – 30

 

PRIX GENEVE-EUROPE

Best TV Fiction Script 2011

Nov 15

 

LÜNEN FILMFEST

“Youth Director’s Award” & “Best Scenography”

Nov 13

KOLKATA FILM FESTIVAL

Nov 10 – 17

 

FIRST STEPS AWARD

Best Feature-Length Film

Nov 09

BRATISLAVA INT. FILM FESTIVAL

Nov 04 – 09 (in competition)

 

Sao Paulo –

SAO PAULO INT’L FILM FESTIVAL

Award for Alina Levshin as Best Actress

Nov 03

MOLODIST KYIV INT. FILM FESTIVAL

Oct 22 – 30

SAO PAULO INT. FILM FESTIVAL

Oct 21 – Nov 03 (in competition)

WARSAW FILM FESTIVAL

Oct 07 – 16 (in competition)

 

Zürich –

ZÜRICH FILM FESTIVAL (SEP 22 – OCT 02)

honourably mentioned by the jury

Oct 02

 

PRIX GENEVE-EUROPE

Best TV Fiction Script

Sep 01

 

Munich –

FILMFESTIVAL

A. Levshin “Best New Actress” & D. Wnendt “Best New Screenwriter”

Reinhard Kleber

David Wnendt’s Combat Girls want to provoke, and they do, but they also make the audience think.

ZDF Aspekte January 13th

This movie knows what it is talking about… impressive performance

ZDF Aspekte January 13th

dpa

Director David Wnendt filmed a drama, which is currently a hot topic because of the Zwickauer Nazis.

http://www.dpa.de/

WochenSpiegel

Combat Girls …. an alarmingly good film. The movie abstains from claptrap and allows insights to the soul.

Robin Hackemesser

subway

The sight is what makes the film outstanding. It is unconfinedly told from a female point of view and offers the audience a welcome change

www.subway.de

Der Tagesspiegel

David F. Wnendts “Combat Girls” caused quite a stir. Alina Levshin from Odessa mimes in this good investigated Neonazi-drama the hateful supermarket cashier Marisa, somewhere in eastern Germany. By listening to songs called “holocaust reloaded” she and her friends try to get in the right mood for acts of violence. But then the ideological assurance fades. “Combat Girls” is a bold, authentic film.

Katrin Hillgruber

Süddeutsche

Combat Girl is not the sort of film, the audience feels immediately sympathy for . Even the milieu in which his main character – a young woman of 20 – is involved, seems unappetizing. The social drama set in the Neo-Nazi scene of some small city somewhere in Germany. From [the Filmfest] Munich it feels so far away, as if there is still an iron curtain between. Director and writer David Falko Wnendt takes a close look at the world of rune-tattooed skinheads and their lives. It would be missleading to say, that the images are authentic, but Wnendt knows how to draw a picture of the sub-hatred (anti-) culture

http://www.sueddeutsche.de/

trailerseite

Plus factor of the film are the phenomenal performances of the actors, in particular by Alina Levshin and Gerdy Zint, whose intensity is scary.

Marcus Fliegel

Rolling Stone

A masterful debut feature illuminates the fascination with violence among young people in the right-wing scene and goes where it hurts

2012-01-19

Oliver Hüttmann

Alina Levshin was born September 10th, 1984 in Odessa, Ukraine. From 2006 to 2010, she studied acting at the College of Film and Television “Konrad Wolf” in Potsdam. Levshin was one of the main cast members in Dominik Graf’s television series Im Angesicht des Verbrechens who collectively received the German Television Award in 2010. She won the German Film Prize for her performance in Combat Girls and she was awarded at the São Paulo International Film Festival.