Director Annika Berg combines raw documentary footage with stylized pop culture visuals to create the ultimate punk coming-of-age film in which eight rebels, all found on social media, play themselves and explore their artistry and expression while managing painful realities.
An illustration of the wild, vibrant, and tortured mind of the teenage girl, Annika Berg's Team Hurricane combines raw documentary footage with stylized pop culture visuals to create the ultimate punk coming-of-age film. Berg's band of eight rebels, all found through social media, play only slightly modified versions of themselves and explore their artistry and expression while managing painful realities. Eating disorders, sex, gender identity, self-harm, and mental health are among the harsh themes Berg explores through a hyper-real aesthetic of color and imagination. The girls gather at a youth club over the course of one summer in Denmark that serves as a representation of how social education is handled by institutions that seek to provide safe spaces. While serving as an ode to the rule-breaking cool girl with neon hair and little inhibition, the film captures the unpredictable nature of moments of self-worship followed immediately by crippling insecurity. Team Hurricane has an evident mission to empower female energy during a time when it is most suppressed, while creating an aching nostalgia for the undeniable vulnerability of adolescence.
Discovering her passion for experimental filmmaking in her teen years, Danish director Annika Berg studied at the Station Next film school in Copenhagen from 2003 to 2006 and was accepted into the elite National Film School of Denmark in 2011. She graduated in 2015 directing Sia, a depiction of an elderly woman's last day on Earth that won Best Short Film at the 2017 Danish Robert Awards.
Sponsored by The Art Institute of Seattle, The Seattle Times
- Director: Annika Berg
- Principal Cast: Eja Penelope Roepstorff, Ida Glitre, Maja Leth Bang, Mathilde Linnea Daugaard Jensen, Elise Pedersen, Sara Morling, Zara Munch Bjarnum
- Premiere Status: Seattle
- Country: Denmark
- Year: 2017
- Running Time: 96 minutes
- Producer: Katja Adomeit
- Screenplay: Annika Berg
- Cinematographers: Louise McLaughlin
- Editors: Sofie Marie Kristensen
- Website: Official Film Website
- Filmography: Debut Feature Film
- Language: Danish
- Has Subtitles: Yes
- Format: DCP
- International Sales: Level K