15 +
Children with parents
Positive Choices

Sami, Joe and I (2020)

Section: International Competition of Feature Films in the Youth Category

Director: Karin Heberlein, Switzerland, 2020, 94 min.



Sun | 12.09 | 15:00 | Golden Apple Cinema, sál 6

Sami, Joe and Leyla are an inseparable group of friends. Chatting and laughing, they roam through the suburbs of Zurich. The end of their time at school together should have been the start of an exciting summer, but the three youngsters have their hands full: Sami suffers under her overly strict parents, Joe has to look after her siblings, while her single mother works overtime, and Leyla nervously begins her apprenticeship in a canteen kitchen. For the teenage girls, tough decisions overshadow their dreams. In those defining days of their lives, their friendship seems to be the only constant. But as events take a harsh turn, even their friendship is put to the test. Determined to stand up for themselves, the three friends find out how right Leyla’s mom was when she told them: always keep more dreams in your soul than reality can destroy.

Production Year2020
Runtime94 min.
Age limit15
LanguageGerman, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish
SubtitlesEnglish, Czech
Directed by Karin Heberlein
Story Karin Heberlein
Screenplay Karin Heberlein
Director of Photography Gabriel Lobos
Music Dominique Dreier, Kilian Spinnler
Edited by Marion Tuor
Contact Abrakadabra Films AG
Cast Anja Gada, Rabea Lüthi, Jana Sekulovska, Supporting: Astrit Alihajdaraj, Danijela Milijic, Jennifer Perez, Linda Olsansky, Oscar Sales Bingisser, Karim Daoud, Nicolas Rosat, Nikola Sosic, Daniel Hajdu, Karim Darwiche, Sean Douglas, Irene Eichenberger, Fritz Bisenz
Karin Heberlein A Swiss screenwriter and director. She studied acting in London and studied film at the NFTS and Met Film School in Britain and at the Film School in Munich. She's co-directed short documentaries and made the short dramas Tiger Tram (2005) and A Little While (2010).