Germany, 2020 / 95 min / German OV / Drama, Romance
In the heat of a shimmering Berlin summer, Nora falls in love for the first time and discovers a whole new world.
Berlin-Kreuzberg is Nora's microcosm. Nora, the silent observer, is always tagging along: At parties, at school, at the pool, on rooftops and in apartments. Young and cool Nora drifts around the monotonous housing blocks with her big sister and her friends, witnessing events that seem to cross-fade in the summer light. Girls who want to be slim and pretty, boys who say dumb things to provoke or because they are in love. Ruthless smartphone cameras and fragile teenagers. But Nora has her own way of looking at the world and when she meets Romy, she realises why: With Romy, noisy Kreuzberg suddenly seems endlessly large and full of hidden beauty. There is music in the air, Nora's body is changing, and caterpillars are spinning their cocoons. When summer ends, things will never be the same again.
“Cocoon tells an important story about how liberating it is to strip away media-created body images in order to really feel yourself for the first time.” Director’s statement by Leonie Krippendorff
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“Leonie Krippendorf carefully chooses what to show clearly to the young target audience and what to imply, especially in building the background and mood. […] The title of the feature is quite an obvious metaphor for coming of age, but it is well supported cinematically by the dream-like scenes of Nora growing caterpillars in a jar under her bed. The cinematography by Martin Neumeyer is both solid and creative: it incorporates hand-held camerawork with just enough shakiness to evoke the elated mood of a teenager's summer, combined with a couple of Nora's reflective, horizontal smartphone videos to nail both the zeitgeist and the hero's romantic spirit” Vladan Petkovic, Cineuropa, 22/02/2020
Born in 1985 in West Berlin, Leonie Krippendorff grew up in a family of artists. From 2004 to 2007, she studied photography and became an independent photographer, then worked for a regional television channel. From 2009 to 2016 she studied directing at the Konrad Wolf Academy of Film and Television. Her graduation film Looping (2016) about the intensive relationship between three women in a psychiatric hospital was nominated for numerous German and international film awards. In 2018, she began working on Cocoon, her second feature film, which she first presented at the Berlinale Talents Script Station before premiering in the 2020 Berlinale Generation strand. In 2019 she was a jury member at the Max Ophüls Preis film festival, the following year she was listed in Variety’s “10 Europeans talents to watch for 2020”.
- 2020 – Cocoon
- 2016 – Looping
- 2013 – Teer (short)
- 2012 – Streuner (short)