Mädchenseele

A Film by Anne Scheschonk

Synopsis

It’s quite plain to 7 year old Nori: She is a girl, because she has a girl’s heart. But her body is that of a boy … Five years ago: Each and every day mother and son argue about what appears trivial: the colours of pants and shirts suddenly matter, soon all he agrees to wear are skirts and dresses, he likes to put barrettes in his still short hair. The neighbours start gossiping. Then one day, the boy reveals his favourite dream to his mum. A wizard will turn his penis into a vagina so he could be a “real” girl … It’s that day something comes to an end. It’s that day Josephin realises that she doesn’t have a son, that he had never existed – but that there is still a kid, a daughter. It becomes clear to her that she will have to break new ground to see her daughter grow up happily. The documentary MÄDCHENSEEELE (GIRL-HEARTED) portrays young Nori and her mother’s conflict of enabling her daughter a life worth living out of the norm. A film about being a girl.

Director

  • Picture of Anne Scheschonk © Anne Scheschonk

    Anne Scheschonk

    Anne Scheschonk, born 1977, studied Media Sciences and Cultural Anthropology with focus on Visual Anthropology. She worked as an editorial assistant and set manager for TV productions. In 2011 she finished the Professional Media Master Class (PMMC) for documentary film in Halle/ Germany. Today, she works as a freelance author and filmmaker. Her documentary works come up to people who are perceived as an „other“ and, therefore, often are socially stigmatized: the intellectually disabled mother, the transgender kid … Sensitive portraits of individuals that ask questions about identity point out to relevant issues of our times: inclusion, equal rights, transphobia. Together with her son, Anne Scheschonk lives in Halle (Germany).

Awards + Festivals

  • 30th BFI FLARE: LONDON LGBT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, London, UK)March 16, 2017
  • 13th LEEDS QUEER FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Leeds, UK)March 24, 2017
  • ATHENS INT'L FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Ohio, USA)April 3, 2017
  • 10th THIN LINE FEST (Official Selection, Denton, Texas, USA)April 19, 2017
  • 13th ACHTUNG BERLIN – NEW BERLIN FILM AWARD (Berlin Documents, Germany)April 19, 2017
  • TRANSGENDER FILM FESTIVAL KIEL (Official Selection, Kiel, Germany)April 27, 2017
  • 12th MONACO CHARITY FILM FESTIVAL 2017 (Officail Selection, Monaco)May 14, 2017
  • 8th FREDERICK FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Frederick, Maryland, USA)June 23, 2017
  • 2nd CIUDAD DE MÉXICO INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, México City, México)June 25, 2017
  • SPARKLE WEEKEND - SPARKLE THE NATIONAL TRANSGENDER CHARITY (Screening, Manchester, UK)July 4, 2017
  • *DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM AWARD*
    3rd MONTEVIDEO WORLD FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Uruguay)July 13, 2017
  • *BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT*
    14th INDY FILM FEST 2017 (Documentary Shorts, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA)July 13, 2017
  • 41th OPEN AIR FILMFEST WEITERSTADT (Official Selection, Weiterstadt, Germany)August 10, 2017
  • *BEST SHORT FILM*
    3rd FOOTCANDLE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, North Carolina, USA)September 22, 2017
  • 2nd FICIT - FESTIVAL DE CINE INDEPENDENT DE TRUJILLO (Official Selection, Peru)September 28, 2017
  • *BEST DOCUMENTARY*
    8th OAXACA FILM FEST (Official Selection, Mexico)October 6, 2017
  • 24th QUEERFILMFESTIVAL BREMEN (Official Selection, Bremen, Germany)October 10, 2017
  • 15th TALLGRASS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Wichita, KS, USA)October 12, 2017
  • 21st PERLEN - QUEER FILM FESTIVAL HANNOVER (Official Selection, Germany)October 15, 2017
  • 3rd BANGKOK THAI INT'L FILM FESTIVAL October 15, 2017
  • 31st BRAUNSCHWEIG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, QUE*RSCHNITT: Neue LGBTQI*-Filme, Germany)October 17, 2017
  • 20th QUEERSICHT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bern, Switzerland)November 2, 2017
  • 2nd CUCIF - CUZCO UNDERGROUND CINEMA FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cuzco, Peru)November 8, 2017
  • *BEST MEDIUM DOCUMENTARY* *SPECIAL MENTION BY GRAND JURY*
    9th FRONTDOC - INT'L DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Aosta, Italy)November 9, 2017
  • 14th VERZIO INT'L HUMAN RIGHTS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL (Student-Verzio program, Budapest, Hungary)November 15, 2017
  • 9th FESTIVAL INT'L DE CINE GLBT - SANTO DOMINGO OUTFEST 2017 (Official Selection, Santo Domingo, República Dominicana)November 26, 2017
  • KURZFILM-VERANSTALTUNG TRANS*KINDER (Screening, Caligari-FilmBühne Wiesbaden, Germany)December 14, 2017

Crew

Producer
Anne Scheschonk
Director
Anne Scheschonk
Director of Photography
Markus Kloth
Editor
Marc Böhlhoff
Sound Design
Max Hachemeister
Music
Konstantin Wolkenstein & Kai Luniak

Details

Running Time
37 mins
Shooting Format
HD Stream 25p 10Bit (XAVC-I)
Sceening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Sound
Stereo

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

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

+49 (0) 176 - 62965299

markus@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

DIRECTOR

Anne Scheschonk
Freie Autorin & Filmemacherin

www.annescheschonk.com