SARAH PLAYS A WEREWOLF by Katharina Wyss
Sarah, filled with adolescent angst, is an extreme person who in her rehearsals with a theatre group is transformed until she is almost in a trance, and her performances at home or elsewhere verge on excess. A cold, intellectual father, a timid mother, a younger sister and an older brother who has left home complete the picture: a silent time bomb. A film of electrifying psychological tension fed by terrible secrets, glimpsed but never mentioned.
Venice Intl. Film Critics Week, Zürich IFF, Sao Paulo IFF, Seville EFF a.o.
“…transforms from passive to aggressive in the blink of an eye. … some
of the most dense sequences seen in Venice so far …” - Alessandro Aniballi QUINLAN
„A heady debut... shifting its tones and emotions, sometimes within the
same moment, all within a life fraught with energy.“ - Nicolas Rapold FILM COMMENT
“…extraordinary surprising and original, close to the fantastic… it
manages to create a progressive worry based on details, small changes in
perception, very simple effects…” - Marcos Uzal LIBERÁTION
„... The family as a place of inexplicable horror… Sarah Plays a
Werewolf, ... is full of life, violence and strength. In some parts you
might even be afraid of it ..., so helplessly you watch ... as a
spectator the dark action on the screen.“ - Oliver Armknecht FILMREZENSIONEN.DE
“…Both heart-breaking and utterly annoying, Sarah manages to be over the
top and strangely realistic. Anyone who has ever been a 17-year-old will
surely attest to the latter. ... a film mostly sketched with delicate
outlines, ... reveals a filmmaker who doesn’t aim to please... somewhere
along the way, it also manages to grasp what it feels like for a girl.
Yes – just like in that Madonna song.“ - Marta Bałaga CINEUROPA
“… a raw and direct, courageous production. …” - Raúl Límon EL PAIS
Loane Balthasar / Michel Voïta / Manuela Biedermann / Simon Bonvin / Sabine Timoteo / Annina Walt / Monica Budde / Jeanne De Mont / Amélie Peterli
Director: Katharina Wyss / Writer: Katharina Wyss, Josa Sesink / Cinematographer: Armin Dierolf / Editor: Tania Stöcklin / Sound Editor: Erik Mischijew / Music: Conrad Oleak / Production Design: Anne Weick, Silvan Kuhl / Special Effects: James Johnston / Costumes: Malena Modeer, Sophie Reble / Producer: Luc Peter, Charlie Petersmann / Production company: Intermezzo Films, Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin, Mnemosyn Films
Original Title: SARAH JOUE UN LOUP GAROU / shot digitally / available for screenings in DCP / color / 1:33 / 86 min / Dolby Digital / original language: French with english subtitles / Switzerland, Germany 2017