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WANJA is coming to German cinemas in June 2016!
distributed by Basis Film-Verleih Berlin

Swedish theatrical release at the Haga Bion, Gothenburg
from the 23rd of September 2016
download Swedish presskit




German Press

"Am unteren Ende" SWR2
von Julia Haungs

Bayern 2 FilmFavorit

"Wanja" - eine Frau wagt einen Neuanfang" NDR Kultur
von Katja Nicodemus

"Wanja braucht den Kick" in der taz. die tageszeitung
Anne Ratte-Polle im Interview mit Jenni Zylka!5308575/

"Fremd in der eigenen Haut" im Tagesspiegel
von Christiane Peitz

"Unter bissigen Stuten" auf SPIEGEL ONLINE
von Carolin Weidner

"Einfach da. Anne Ratte-Polle ist in "Wanja" eine Entdeckung" im BR - Bayerischer Rundfunk
von Moritz Holfelder

Wanja bei Knut Elstermann

Anne Ratte-Polle bei Volle Kanne im ZDF

"Ich hatte Lust auf eine geheimnisvolle Frau" auf Deutschlandradio Kultur
Carolina Hellsgård im Interview mit Susanne Burg

"Wanja" im kulturradio vom rbb
von Carsten Beyer

"Wanja" auf radioeins
von Anke Leweke

Kritik zu Wanja in der epd Film
von Alexandra Seitz


Festival voices

WANJA marks the feature debut of its director Carolina Hellsgård, who seems keen on maintaining a certain non-judgemental distance
between audience and leading character, that allows her to be all the more real, in an unflinching portrait of a woman that is far from

The heartbeat of this film is Hellsgård’s script; with its simple and sparse dialogue, it is able to show and never tell.
The creation of Wanja is excellent, a blend of strength and uncertainty. (...) The use of Wanja’s relationship with animals is
exceptionally crafted and expresses her as a character far better than pages of dialogue ever could. This is a great film,
with a protagonist not yet ready to give in, a masterly shot urban landscape and an eye on keeping the viewer engaged

Berlinale Interview with Carolina Hellsgård about WANJA - by Helene Hegemann (in German)

Press kit (German)




Goethe-Institut Toronto
6th of October, 2016

Goethe Institut Stockholm
21st of April, 2016


Filmmoor Women’s Film Festival on Wheels, Istanbul
12 - 20 March, 2016


Gothenburg Film Festival, Sweden
29 Jan - 8 Feb, 2016


Internationales Filmwochenende Würzburg
28-31 January, 2016


Tbilisi International Film Festival, Georgia
30th of November – 6th of December


South American Premiere:

São Paulo International Film Festival, Brazil
October 22nd to November 4th, 2015
New Filmmakers Competition


US Premiere:

Austin Film Festival, US
Saturday, October 31 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Wednesday, November 4 • 9:45pm - 11:45pm


Biberacher Filmfestspiele, Germany
Best first feature competition
4 – 8th of November

WANJA wins Best Feature Film Debut at the Biberacher Filmfestspiele in Germany!


Cork Film Fest, Ireland
6 – 15th of November #


Asian Premiere:

Women Make Waves Film Festival, Taipei, Taiwan
9-18th of October 2015


UK Premiere:

Goethe-Institut London
Tuesday, 8 September 2015, 19:00 h
In collaboration with the 35th Cambridge Film Festival.

Cambridge Film Festival, UK
Contemporary German Cinema
Wednesday, 9 September 2015, 22:00 h

North American Premiere:

Montreal World Film Festival, Canada
Focus on World Cinema 
Friday September 4, 2015 - 11:30 AM - CINÉMA QUARTIER LATIN 15
Saturday September 5, 2015 - 08:40 PM - CINÉMA QUARTIER LATIN 15


Official Competition at the Valletta Film Festival, Malta
15-21 June, 2015

WANJA wins Best Screenplay at the Valletta Film Festival, Malta!


Official Competition at the Valencia International Film Festival Cinema Jove, Spain
19-26 June 2015


Berlin International Film Festival 2015
Perspektive deutsches Kino
nominated for Berlinale Best First Feature Award
7-15 Februar 2015





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WANJA Poster (PDF)

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