Arlette. Mut ist ein Muskel.

A Film by Florian Hoffmann

Synopsis

ARLETTE. COURAGE IS A MUSCLE.

A journey from Africa to Berlin turns into an unexpected journey from childhood to adulthood. The film centers around Arlette, a 15-year old girl from the Central African Republic who suffered severe injuries during the last war. In Berlin a surgery frees her from her year-long pain. This changes her both physically and mentally: suddenly Arlette is in her puberty. But then war breaks out again in her homeland. What was planned to be a short stay in Berlin turns into a journey without a foreseeable end. Arlette is forced to grow up and take her own decisions about her future. Stranded in Berlin the young girl faces the challenges of a foreign culture and a language she doesn’t speak.

This film is a long-term observation – told resolutely from the perspective of a young girl from the Central African Republic. And the viewer gets to see our everyday life through the genuine and honest eyes of Arlette.

Director

  • Picture of Florian Hoffmann © Miguel Bueno

    Florian Hoffmann

    Florian Hoffmann was born on January 24, 1987 in Berlin, Germany. After high school he worked in the development cooperation in West Africa. Afterwards, he completed his studies in social anthropology, sociology and political science at the University of Basel. Since 2011 he has been a directing student at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb).

Awards + Festivals

  • 46th VISION DU REÉL – FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE CINÉMA NYON (Competition Helvetique, Switzerland)April 19, 2015
  • 39th DUISBURGER FILMWOCHE (Opening film & Competition, Germany)November 2, 2015
  • *YOUTH JURY AWARD*
    26th KINOFEST LÜNEN (Competition, Germany)November 12, 2015
  • 28th INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL AMSTERDAM (Student Competition, Netherlands)November 18, 2015
  • 15th DOCPOINT HELSINKI DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Finland) January 25, 2016
  • 1st LYON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, France)January 30, 2016
  • 32nd INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL “SARAJEVO WINTER 2016” (Official Selection, Bosnia and Herzegovina)February 7, 2016
  • 13th DOKUMENTARFILMWOCHE HAMBURG (Competition, Hamburg, Germany)April 6, 2016
  • 17th STOCKHOLM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL JUNIOR (Official Selection, Sweden)April 11, 2016
  • *PREIS DER ÖKUMENISCHEN JURY LOBENDE ERWÄHNUNG* *LOBENDE ERWÄHNUNG IN DER KATEGORIE BESTER DOKUMENTARFILM
    12th ACHTUNG BERLIN – NEW BERLIN FILM AWARD (Competition “Made in Berlin-Brandenburg”, Germany)April 13, 2016
  • 11th AFRYKAMERA – AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Warsaw, Poland)April 19, 2016
  • 45th SEHSUECHTE – INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Potsdam, Germany)April 20, 2016
  • *PREIS FÜR DIE BESTE BILDGESTALTUNG IM BEREICH DOKUMENTARFILM*
    9th INTERNATIONALES FRAUENFILMFESTIVAL DORTMUND | KÖLN (Competition, Germany)April 24, 2016
  • 11th MONACO CHARITY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Yacht Club of Monaco Theater, Monaco)May 7, 2016
  • 13th NEIßEFILMFESTIVAL (Reihe Spektrum, Germany)May 11, 2016
  • 3rd DOKKA – DOKUMENTARFILMFESTIVAL KARLSRUHE (Competition, Germany)May 24, 2016
  • GALWAY AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL 2016 (Official Selection, Ireland)May 27, 2016
  • 11th HOBOKEN INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New Jersey, USA) June 3, 2016
  • HELENE SCHWARZ PREIS 2016 (Nomination, Germany)June 27, 2016
  • *ONION SEED AWARD – FOR BEST FILM IN STUDENT COMPETITION PROGRAM*
    7th MAKEDOX – CREATIVE DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL (Student Competition Program, Macedonia) August 20, 2016
  • 21st PORTOBELLO FIM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, London, UK)September 1, 2016
  • 2nd FOOTCANDLE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Hickory, North Carolina, USA)September 25, 2016
  • *BEST DOCUMENTARY*
    9th ANNUAL BUSHWICK FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, NYC, USA)September 29, 2016
  • *WINNER GAIA STUDENT AWARD 2016*
    BOZCAADA INT'L FESTIVAL OF ECOLOGICAL DOCUMENTARY 2016 (Official Selection, Bozcaada, Turkey) October 12, 2016
  • 23rd WOMEN MAKE WAVES FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Taipei, Taiwan)October 23, 2016
  • 40. SAO PAULO INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Brazil)October 20, 2016
  • 3rd UDADA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Kenya)October 23, 2016
  • 10th CINEMA VERITE – IRAN INT’L DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL („Full-Length Int’l Competition +60" Section, Tehran, Iran)December 4, 2016
  • 13th ANNUAL BAHAMAS INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Nassau, Bahamas)December 5, 2016
  • 18th MADURAI FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, India)December 6, 2016
  • *BOARD OF DIRECTOR'S AWARD*
    NORTH CAROLINA FILM AWARDS 2016 (Official Selection, USA)December 19, 2016
  • *JURY SPECIAL MENTION*
    3rd INT’L FILM FESTIVAL OF SÃO TOMÉ AND PRINCIPE (Official Selection, Aveiro, Portugal)February 13, 2017
  • 9th SENE FILM, MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Providence, USA)April 25, 2017
  • 14th WORLD FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tartu, Estonia)March 20, 2017
  • 10th SCENECS INTERNATIONAL DEBUT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Hilversum, Netherlands)May 26, 2017
  • 2nd DOCUSLATE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Los Angeles, USA)December 2, 2017

Trailer

Crew

Director & Screenplay
Florian Hoffmann
Director of Photography
Katharina Diessner, Mathilda Mester
Producer
Tim Oliver Schultz
Executive Producer
Peter Spoerri
Editor
Sven Kulik
Sound
Gian Suhner
Music
Martina Colli

Details

Running Time
84:00
Shooting Format
HD
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Sound
Dolby 5.1

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0) 176 - 62965299
markus@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

FILMSCHOOL, CO-PRODUCTION & DISTRIBUTION

Deutsche Film- & Fernsekakademie Berlin (dffb)
Kira Sturm / Laure Tinette
Potsdamer Str. 2
10785 Berlin, Germany

k.sturm@dffb.de / tinette@dffb.de
+49 30 257 59 153 / - 152
www.dffb.de

PRODUCTION COMPANY

PS Film GmbH
Peter Spoerri
Mutschellenstrasse 105
8038 Zürich, Switzerland

+41 (0) 44 481 31 70
spoerri@psfilm.ch

WORLD SALES

MAGNETFILM GmbH

info@magnetfilm.de