Imagine This Women's Film Festival

Official Selection

SWEET DISASTER

"Not since Toni Erdmann have cliches around German humour been so artfully disproven." (Pauline Rieux, Raindance Film Festival)

"...but it’s written and directed in such a way that makes this tragedy into more of an amusingly wistful melancholy, effectively blending genres and making something totally unique. ...As far as romantic comedies go, Sweet Disaster is one of the most original and imaginative ones in recent memory." (Jack Walter, Loud and Clear Reviews)

"Frida is a really crazy fun character. Outstanding performance by Friederike Kempter. ...See for yourself!" (Sabine Willkop, SWR Fernsehen)

"Light-footed Drama narrates our imperfect life. The conflicts in generation gap, relationships and parenting are transcended to precise scenes full of empathy for the characters." (Heiner Dahl, ARD)

"It's truly heart-warming and funny!" (Julia Lehmann, SR1)

"...one of the best films of the year... Sweet Disaster by Laura Lehmus stars the quirky, funny, and loveable Friederike Kempter who leads a formidable cast in this hilarious, poetic and heartfelt comedy." (Pendance Film Festival)

“Sweet Disaster is as cute and funny as it is dramatic and heartbreaking. Directed by the gifted Laura Lehmus." (Adam Mast, The Independent)

"For a long time no one has told a story as quirly and peppy about unfaithful men and abandoned pregnant women. Laura Lehmus hits in her debut feature film an blithe keynote, overplaying elegantly the hidden minorkey. She charms the audience with animations and surreal inspiration without slipping in to artificial gimmic. The real-life position of single moms remains constanty precent." (Peter Gutting, programmkino.de)

Logline

A late-in-the-game pregnancy and the sudden ending of a relationship are not necessarily catastrophic by themselves. Combine the two, and it is like throwing fire accelerant on charcoal.

Short synopsis

Frida unexpectedly falls pregnant and Felix, the father of her child, breaks up with her to re-unite with his ex. Although some serious health problems caused by the late pregnancy force Frida to rest, she still tries to get Felix back, using methods which are absurd, exaggerated and sometimes hilarious.

Long synopsis

SWEET DISASTER tells the story of FRIDA. German-Finnish, painting therapist and 40-y.o. Two events change the usual course of her life. She gets unexpectedly pregnant and FELIX, the father
of her child breaks up with her to re-unite with his ex who is suddenly back. FELIX admits that it is not the best timing, however it does not prevent him from leaving. FRIDA cannot accept FELIX' decision. Although some serious health problems caused by the late pregnancy force her to rest, she tries to get FELIX back with the help of absurd, exaggerated and sometimes absolutely comic actions.

Official Selection

Mani Pedi

Mani Pedi follows Raymond, a young immigrant from Laos, who learned to fight in the refugee camps, but is forced to give up his boxing career in Canada after he sustains a brain injury. To help him make ends meet, his overbearing sister, Dara, enlists him to work at her nail salon. In short order, the salon reveals itself to be an equally toxic female "ring" where competition for clients and exposure to toxic chemicals are Raymond’s new challenges.

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