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Germany | 2013 | 109 minutes | David F. Wnendt

Unapologetically vulgar and played out with sparkling energy, Wetlands follows fearless teenager Helen’s coming of age escapades. Based on Charlotte Roche’s worldwide bestseller, styled as a Ya “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

May 30, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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June 6, 2014
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A young woman enters a disgusting public restroom, rubs her genitals on a dirty toilet seat, and announces her mission to be a "living pussy hygiene experiment." Meet Helen, a rebellious 17-year-old obsessed with bodily fluids. Raised by a germaphobic mother, she has decided to embrace a fetish of filth by masturbating with food, swapping used tampons with her best friend, building up her natural "flora," and collecting sperm samples from random men. One day she develops a painful anal fissure while shaving, leading to an extended hospital stay where Helen crushes on a handsome male nurse while also devising a plan to reunite her separated parents. Based on the controversial bestselling novel by Charlotte Roche, Wetlands is vulgar, rude, and often gleefully disgusting, but that is the point. It is a celebration of breaking female taboos, anchored by a fierce and ebullient performance by Carla Juri, whose firecracker persona hides a vulnerable and sensitive young woman coming to terms with her past. Director David Wnendt's striking visual style takes cues from Danny Boyle's Trainspotting and combines it with a guileless eroticism. For a film featuring an unspeakable operatic moment involving a group of men and a pizza, Wetlands is not only surprisingly beautiful to look at, but filled with humor, pathos, and…yes, a whole lot of bodily fluids.

Director Biography

German director David Wnendt attended the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague as well as the School for Film and Television in Germany, where he studied directing. Wnendt's first feature-length film Combat Girls (2012) won several awards including Best Screenplay from the German Film Awards. Wetlands is Wnendt's second feature film.

Sponsored by Babeland

Director: David F. Wnendt
Principal Cast: Carla Juri, Christoph Letkowski, Meret Becker, Axel Milberg, Marlen Kruse
Country: Germany
Year: 2013
Running Time: 109 minutes
Producer: Peter Rommel
Screenplay: Claus Falkenberg, David F. Wnendt, based on the novel by Charlotte Roche
Cinematographers: Jakub Behnarowicz
Editors: Andreas Wodraschke
Music: Ennis Rotthoff
Website: Official Film Website
Filmography: Combat Girls (2011); Small Lights (2008); Hanging On (2000)
Language: German
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
US Distributor: Strand Releasing
International Sales: The Match Factory
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