Archive of films Lollipop Monster / Lollipop Monster

2011, 96 min

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Year: 2011

Ari is a Lolita-like blonde, Oona is a taciturn wraith in black. Nevertheless, they share the same problems, living in families that refuse to face reality. And it is just such hypocrisy that drives the girls to seek freedom. Their friendship, however unlikely, is their source of salvation until one of them betrays the other....


Ari and Oona. Two 15-year-old girls, two dysfunctional families. Absolute opposites and yet somehow similar. No one listens, no one hears. Ari feels she is misunderstood and compensates for this by having sex with unknown men; Oona expresses the pain over her beloved father’s suicide through self-mutilation and morbid drawings. Opposites attract. Ari is a blonde who paints herself up like a canary, Oona loves things as black as night. Their unlikely friendship helps them survive the hypocrisy of their families. Ari finally gains some kind of self-respect, and Oona learns to give vent to her pain. Then something happens that threatens their friendship at its very roots.... The scope of the debuting director’s creative interests is evident both in the mix of cinematic devices that enrich the narration (animated passages, amateur film recordings, music videos), as well as in the artistic stylization, which directly references her grounding in comics.

About the director

Ziska Riemann (b. 1973, Munich) published her first graphic novel with Gerhard Seyfried in 1991. After putting out five more co-authored novels, she went solo in 1997 with Rascal & Lucille. In 1999 she created the internet comics magazine Dr. Inka & Colores, a forum for young comics artists. Besides her work on graphic novels, Riemann writes short stories and film scripts. In 1999/2000 she won a scholarship to the screenwriters’ workshop in Munich, and a year later she received the Tankred Dorst award for her script Blame It on the Dogs (Die Hunde sind schuld), which was realized in 2000 by ARD TV station. In 2004, she founded MerMer records, releasing her solo album Wo hier bitte geht’s nach Shambhala? as well as the work of other artists. She directed several short films between 2003 and 2010. Lollipop Monster is her feature debut.


Network Movie Film- und Fernsehproduktion GmbH & Co. KG
Im Mediapark 6a, D-50670, Köln
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Aktis Film International GmbH
, 04275, Leipzig
Tel: +49 341 3500 2610
Fax: +49 341 3500 2619

About the film

Color, 35 mm
International premiere

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Director: Ziska Riemann
Screenplay: Ziska Riemann, Luci van Org
Dir. of Photography: Hannes Hubach
Music: Ingo Ludwig Frenzel
Editor: Dirk Grau
Producer: Wolfgang Cimera, Bettina Wente, Andi Wecker
Production: Network Movie Film- und Fernsehproduktion GmbH & Co. KG
Cast: Jella Haase, Sarah Horváth, Nicolette Krebitz, Thomas Wodianka
Contact: Network Movie Film- und Fernsehproduktion GmbH & Co. KG, Aktis Film International GmbH


Ziska Riemann

Film Director, Film Director

Kim Liebeck

Andi Wecker



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