Nora, a shy 14-year-old Berlin girl who’s always tagging along with her big sister and her friends, will never forget this way too hot summer. Nora gets her first period, falls in love with another girl, learns to stand up for herself, and gets her heart broken for the first time. When this summer of change ends, things will never be the same again. Winner of four awards at Santa Domingo OutFest and nominated for the Crystal Bear and Teddy awards at the Berlin Film Festival, COCOON is a fresh, authentic, coming-of-age drama with a stunningly alluring narrative of feminine intimacy.
Germany, 2020, 95 minutes, Not Rated, In German with English subtitles, Directed by Leonie Krippendorff
"Krippendorff's film emerges as its own uniquely tender thing: a depiction of sexual awakening that beautifully captures the moment when adolescence tips into adulthood."—Josh Winning, Radio Times
"Krippendorff's feature debut feels fresh and authentic, both in terms of the performances, and in the film's restless sense of place, the culturally mixed Kreuzberg neighbourhood of Kottbusser Tor."—Wendy Ide, Screen Daily
"An authentic, queer coming-of-age story... a tender comment on sexuality, womanhood and growing up in general."—Emma-Jane Betts, The Upcoming
"The acting in Leonie Krippendorff’s tale of sexual awakening is outstanding, as a girl comes out during a hot Berlin summer."—Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
"Krippendorff crafts a stunningly alluring narrative of feminine intimacy."—Emily Maskell, Flip Screen
"Leonie Krippendorff's engaging coming-of-age drama is one of the best teen dramas of the year."—Matthew Turner, VODzilla