Monja Art’s debut feature film dishes up a classic, yet remarkably unique love triangle. In small-town Austria, Paula secretly swoons over shy and gentle Charlotte during the final weeks of high school before summer break. Meanwhile, the school’s mean girl, Lilly, takes a very vocal and gossipy interest in Paula. Caught between an unobtainable crush on one hand and predator-like attention on the other, Paula explores her feelings and sexuality in brave and uncertain ways.
Beautifully shot, with a mix in intimate close ups and panoramic views, Monja Art took home the prestigious 2017 Max Ophüls Prize largely for cinematography. Seventeen undeniably shows the sexual openness, fast-paced, hopeful yearning of youth.
Seventeen (Siebzehn) | Monja Art | Austria | 2017 | 109 min | German and French with English subtitles
Spotlight Sponsor: RBC
Screening Sponsor: Cineplex