A wild ride though the hedonistic Berlin party scene, based on director Helene Hegemann's controversial novel written at 17. Winner of the Sundance cinematography award.
16-year-old Mifti lives in a Berlin apartment with her half-siblings, is largely ignored by her wealthy father, and struggles to connect with her peers. School, too, seems like a waste of time, so Mifti immerses herself in the world of adults and parties, drugs, love affairs and casual sex. This reckless life brings its pleasures, but also a great deal of pain, especially when Mifti falls hopelessly in love with a woman much older than her. With a great soundtrack of soul, R&B and hip hop, Hegemann tells a stylish, impressionistic tale about the difficulties of finally growing up, based on her semi-autobiographical novel.
For her feature film debut, Helene Hegemann adapts her own controversial semi-autobiographical novel, titled Axolotl Roadkill, into a turbulent teen odyssey through Berlin's hedonistic excesses. – Wendy Ide, Screen International
Helen Hegemann was born in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, in 1992. A writer of novels and plays, her first novel Axolotl Roadkill was published in 2010. Axolotl Overkill is her first feature film.