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by Niklaus Hilber


Selim clicks through Sabrina’s profile pictures on Facebook. Milena meets adult men from chat rooms. Lara is bullied because she leaves her pubic hair unshaved. She and her classmates are completely normal youths in search of acceptance and sexual experiences. In this modern age of Facebook, WhatsApp and YouTube, the pressure to portray yourself on the internet as cool, sexy and as experienced as possible is enormous. In reality, the 14-year-old teenagers find their limits are soon reached. The result is a tragedy where the borders between victim and perpetrator, guilt and innocence are entirely blurred. Director Niklaus Hilber’s fictitious feature casts an eye upon a group of young Swiss teenagers whose daily life is influenced by the power of social media and constant sexualisation through the Internet. With Amateur Teens, he has managed to anchor the coming-of-age drama well and truly in our times.

international title: Amateur Teens
original title: Amateur Teens
country: Switzerland, Germany, Australia
sales agent: Film Republic
year: 2015
genre: fiction
directed by: Niklaus Hilber
film run: 92'
screenplay: Niklaus Hilber, Patrick Tönz
cast: Beat Marti, Fabrizio Borsani, Annina Walt, Chiara Carla Bär, Luna Wedler
cinematography by: Tobias Dengler
film editing: Benjamin Fueter
art director: Sophie Reinhard, Sophie Stalder
costumes designer: Tanya Sonderegger
producer: Valentin Greutert, Simon Hesse
production: A Film Company, Leaves & Leaches Pictures
distributor: Look Now!


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Festival del film Locarno 2016

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