Blue My Mind

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Switzerland | 2017 | 97 minutes | Lisa Bruhlmann

15-year-old Mia befriends a group of girl rebels and their charismatic leader, but in the midst of experimenting with sex, partying, and binge-drinking, she begins to undergo inexplicable changes in this fantastical tale of adolescent transformation.

"A deafening dialogue that forces us to reflect on the most true and mysterious parts of ourselves that have disappeared with adulthood." Giorgia Del Don - Cineuopa

Dealing with the agonies and ecstasies of adolescence, Blue My Mind follows Mia (newcomer Luna Wedler) as she navigates her first year at a new high school. Rebelling against her workaholic mother, her changing body, and her heightened emotions, Mia befriends the confident yet defiant Gianna (Zoe Pastelle Holthuizen), and takes on both peer pressure and popularity contests previously foreign to her. As her friendship with Gianna and her self-destructive behavior deepen, the changes to her body become more extreme, and Mia begins to realize that her metamorphosis into a woman isn't a typical one. A violent thirst for salt water, a peculiar webbing between the toes, and peeling, scaly skin isn't something they teach in the puberty chapter of sex-ed. Partying, drugs, and sex become Mia's world as she desperately tries to ignore the overwhelming and increasingly obvious transformation that's taking over. Director Lisa Bruhlmann reflects on the monstrosity and otherness of the female body when it becomes a powerful, sexual being. Her surreal debut film is still very much grounded in the reality of teenage girlhood, making the graphic body horror and fantasy elements even more emphatic and devastating.

Director Biography
Lisa Bruhlmann is a trained actress at the Charlottenburg drama school in Berlin who has starred in several television series and films. After studying the art of filmmaking at the University of Arts in Zurich, she began directing in 2009 with short films, later releasing her debut feature, Blue My Mind, which is also her master's thesis project.

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  • Director: Lisa Bruhlmann
  • Principal Cast: Luna Wedler, Zoe Pastelle Holthuizen
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Switzerland
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 97 minutes
  • Producer: Stefan Jager, Katrin Renz
  • Screenplay: Lisa Bruhlmann
  • Cinematographers: Gabriel Lobos
  • Editors: Noemi Katharina Preiswerk
  • Music: Thomas Kuratli
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Swiss Film Awards 2018 (Best Fiction Film, Best Screenplay, Best Actress); Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival 2018 (Jury Prize)
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: Swiss German
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Dark Star Pictures
  • International Sales: Be For Films