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Synopsis: SWEET DISASTER tells the story of FRIDA. German-Finnish, painting therapist and 40-y.o. Two events change the usual course of her life. She gets unexpectedly pregnant and FELIX, the father of her child breaks up with her to re-unite with his ex who is suddenly back. FELIX admits that it is not the best timing, however it does not prevent him from leaving. FRIDA cannot accept FELIX’ decision. Although some serious health problems caused by the late pregnancy force her to rest, she tries to get FELIX back with the help of absurd, exaggerated and sometimes absolutely comic actions.

Language

English, Finnish, German

Run Time

90 minutes

Starring

Friederike Kempter (Frida Pepponen)
Lena Urzendowsky (Yolanda Mersmann)
Lasse Myhr (Jack Johnson)
Katharina Behrens (Dora Werkshage)
Florian Lukas (Felix Kreuzer)

Directed by

Laura Lehmus

Written by

Ruth Toma

Produced by

Markus Kaatsch
Nina Poschinski

Edited by

Andreas Menn

Composer

Boris Goltz

Cinematographer

Anne Bolick

Director's Bio

Laura Lehmus was born in 1972 in Finland. She studied fine arts at F+F School in Zurich & audiovisual media at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. After a long stopover in Berlin and Helsinki, in 2019 Laura finally settled in Düsseldorf from where she works as director, on-air producer and art director for film and TV, among others for ARTE, Nickelodeon, YLE, Solarfilm Helsinki. Her short film ALIENATION has won several awards such as the German Short Film Award (2015) – Lola Award in Gold in the category Animated Film. It became one of the three most successful German short films in 2016 (FFA Filmförderungsanstalt). SWEET DISASTER is Laura’s feature film debut, scheduled for festival release in late 2021 and German theatrical release in autumn 2022.

Production Year

2021

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