After a long stay in prison, Wanja (40) tries to avoid all the traps which could trigger her addictive past and lure her into dubious circles. She takes on innocuous jobs taking care of animals, moves into assisted social housing and meets with her probation officer on a regular basis.
At her work at a trotting racecourse, where she is responsible for the care of the horses, she meets the 16-year-old and somewhat stubborn Emma. Very soon, Wanja becomes fond of this troubled young girl, recognizing a bit of herself in her. But Emma takes hard drugs and this exerts a dangerous attraction on Wanja. Unavoidably, Wanja is heading toward the crash that she was trying to avoid.
CAROLINA HELLSGÅRD is active as a freelance writer, editor and director. Her films include: the shorts KARAOKE (2008), HUNGER (2009), HEROES (2012), LÄUFER (2013), and her feature debut WANJA (2015).
Berlinale 2015 (Perspektive Deutsches Kino)