Sophia Bösch's first feature, Milk Teeth, is in post-production
by Teresa Vena
- The German-Swiss co-production has already been shot in Germany and is a drama in which female protagonists will take centre stage
Swiss-born director Sophia Bösch has been shooting her first feature-length film in Germany. The young filmmaker is based in Germany, where she graduated in Film Directing at the Film University Konrad Wolf in Babelsberg. Bösch's short film Rå was released in 2018 and has travelled to many international festivals. In 2018, the short won the Golden Lola at the German Short Film Awards. It was shot in Sweden, where Bösch completed the first part of her training as a filmmaker, at the Stockholm Dramatiska Högskola. There, Bösch co-founded the feminist film collective Lillemor Film before moving to Germany.
The working title of her debut feature is Milk Teeth. Shooting took place between mid-July and mid-September in the northern and central eastern regions of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schleswig-Holstein, Brandenburg and Thuringia. Milk Teeth is presently in post-production and is planned to be released in April 2023.
Bösch tells a “modern fairy tale” in which the topics of motherhood and belonging are brought into particular focus. Her protagonist, Edith, moves with her daughter Skalde to a new place, where people do not welcome them very warmly at all. Edith, however, is determined to stay strong in order to build a new life for herself and for her daughter. Skalde tries to find her own way and dissociates herself from her mother in order to ingratiate herself with the community. Later, Skalde finds a foreign child in the woods and needs her mother on her side if she wants to protect it.
Starring in the main roles of the mother and daughter are the two German actresses Mathilde Bundschuh (Model Olimpia [+see also:
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film profile]), Karin Neuhäuser (Emma's Bliss [+see also:
film profile]) and Andreas Lust (The Royal Game).
The film is a German-Swiss co-production between German production company Weydemann Bros and its Swiss partner Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion. It is being produced in collaboration with the German and Swiss TV channels SWR, SR, Arte, SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen and SRG SSR. Additional funding has been granted by Creative Europe – MEDIA, HessenFilm, MV Filmförderung, Moin Filmförderung, Medienboard, BKM, DFFF, BAK and the Zürcher Filmstiftung. Farbfilm Verleih is in charge of the distribution of the film in Germany, while Filmcoopi is overseeing the Swiss release.
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