DORA OR THE SEXUAL NEUROSES OF OUR PARENTS 

 

directed by Stina Werenfels

 

 

 

The sexual awakening of a mentally disabled girl

 

 

After her mother decides that eighteen-year-old mentally disabled Dora no longer has to take sedating drugs, the young woman begins to blossom. But when pleasure-loving Dora discovers her sexuality, her strive for independence becomes increasingly risky. To her mother’s horror, Dora has a spontaneous sexual encounter with a dubious man who is obviously taken with the young girl’s uninhibited sensuality. As this encounter turns into a secret liaison, Dora’s parents struggle to protect their vulnerable child…

DRAMA DCP/HD - 2015 - Switzerland/Germany - 90min 

 

ORIGINAL TITLE DORA Oder Die Sexuellen Neurosen Unserer Eltern

CAST Victoria Schulz, Jenny Schily, Lars Eidinger, Urs Jucker

ORIGINAL LANGUAGE German

PRODUCED BY Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion AG, Niko Film, Aleppo Films 

DIRECTOR

Born in Basel in 1964, Stina Werenfels spent her early childhood in the USA, Greece and Spain. Following her degree in Pharmacology, she went on to study film at the New York University (Tisch School of the Arts) in 1991 where she attended master classes by Spike Lee, Arthur Penn and Marketa Kimbrell. There she completed her studies with the prize winning short documentary "Fragments from the Lower East Side" (1994) describing the vanishing Jewish culture of New York’s neighbourhood. Back in Switzerland Werenfels shot "Pastry, Pain & Politics" (1998) for which she was given amongst other awards the Swiss Film Prize for best short film. Her first movie feature "Nachbeben" (2006) premiered at the Berlinale Panorama and went on to win several awards. Besides writing and directing, Stina Werenfels also teaches ‘acting for film’ at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK).

FESTIVALS / AWARDS
BERLINALE2015, Panorama section

BRUSSELS FILM FESTIVAL 2015 – Official Competition,

Cineuropa Award and Cinelab Award for Best Image

LUXEMBOURG CITY FILM FESTIVAL 2015 – Official Competition
LOCARNO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2015 – Panorama

GUADALAJARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2016 - Swiss Cinema