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SAMI, JOE AND I
MIND THE GAP / PASSAGES / WORLD
Switzerland 2020, 94 min Director Karin Heberlein
In the suburbs of Zurich, best friends Sami, Joe, and Leyla burst out of another school year, buzzing with the potential of what they anticipate will be a truly epic summer. Joined at the hip and mutually enamored in the universal way of teenage girls, they laughingly plot schemes, flirtations, and leisurely amusements. But parents’ expectations and new responsibilities thwart their plans for fun and freedom: As carefree hangouts give way to a growing awareness of the world’s hardships and injustices, the trio’s formerly unbreakable bond starts to show cracks. Revolving around three characters juggling distinct and disparate challenges, this multi-faceted coming-of-age story is buoyed by vibrancy and tethered by realism. Swiss director Karin Heberlein dynamically depicts an authentic moment in time for these girls on the precipice of becoming women, capturing both the energy of youth and the push-pull of adulthood. –Drea Clark
In Swiss German, Spanish, Serbo-Croat, and German with English subtitles
Note to family audiences: This film contains a scene of a clearly implied but offscreen sexual assault on a teenager.
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
We will be joined in person by director Karin Heberlein and actor Jana Sekulovska for an onstage conversation.
Presented in association with
Monday, Oct 11, 4:00pm, Smith Rafael Film Center
$14 Member | $16.50 General | $15 Senior | $8 Students & Youth (12 & Under)
Available in California only
$6 Member | $8 General
Basel, Switzerland, native Karin Heberlein trained as an actor at London’s Central School of Speech and drama and worked in theater before turning to filmmaking. She made a number of short films before directing her first feature, Sami, Joe and I.