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Youth Topia Programme 2021

by Dennis Stormer Focus Competition

"We're screwing up our entire future," Wanja and her friends say jokingly, as they count the likes on their smartphones. The colourful bunch has no intention of worrying about the future; all they are interested in is having fun and causing uproar. Free from any responsibilities, this clique of long-term youths lives in an old barn, away from the city. Society is being entirely monitored online by the so-called "algorithm": it determines when someone is considered an adult or gets a job. Everything suddenly changes the day Wanja is classified as an adult. Her new life as an architect, which comes with an apartment and car, soon opens up new privileges. A struggle between impetuous youth and a growing sense of duty begins.

About the director(s)

Dennis Stormer was born in Kiel in 1990. He was a founding member during his youth of an improvisation group, made installations and did performances. He moved to Berlin where he worked as a film critic for the online magazine Negativ and created his first short films. Stormer studied directing at Columbia University New York and the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, where he graduated in 2019. YOUTH TOPIA, his debut feature-length fiction film, world premieres at the ZFF.

Filmography (selection): Youth Topia (2021) | Light Inside (short, 2019) | Looking at Others (short, doc, 2018)


About the director(s)


Time Venue

21:15* Corso 4

13:45* Kosmos 1

18:45* Kosmos 6

15:00* Kosmos 5

18:30* Kosmos 6

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  • Online Q&A
  • Genre: Satire
  • Country, Year: Switzerland, Germany, 2021
  • Runtime: 85 Min
  • Languages: German
  • Subtitles: English
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  • Director: Dennis Stormer
  • Cast: Lia von Blarer, Elsa Langnäse, Lou Haltinner, Saladin Dellers, Jürg Plüss
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  • Screenplay: Dennis Stormer, Marisa Meier
  • Cinematography: Jonas Schneider
  • Editor: Noëmi Preiswerk
  • Sound: Daniel Fuchs
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  • Producers: Marisa Meier, Katrin Renz, Stefan Jäger
  • Co-Producers: Reiner Krausz, Vita Spieß, Dennis Stormer
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  • Production Companies: tellfilm GmbH, Intuition Club, Sehstern Filmproduktion
  • www.youth-topia.com
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