FilmRise Acquires “Axolotl Overkill,” Based On The International Best-Seller By Helene Hegemann


March 3, 2017 — FilmRise has announced the acquisition of the eagerly-awaited Axolotl Overkill, which premiered at The Sundance Film Festival this year.

The film is the directorial debut by Helene Hegemann, who also wrote the 2010 best-selling novel, Axolotl Roadkill.

Axolotl Overkill tells the story of Mifti, a 16-year old who has just lost her mother, and the people who share the shocking and rebellious world she inhabits. As Mifti searches for some combination of excitement and emotional attachment, she encounters a number of self-absorbed and occasionally cruel relatives and acquaintances, becoming dissociated and reckless from her contact with them.

Mifti’s hard-partying life-style is beautifully shot and set to a compelling soundtrack of German punk/hip hop/house fusion and R&B. 

Variety calls it “A striking, impressionistic debut from Helene Hegemann [which] focuses on a troubled young woman who tests her sexual and emotional limits in wild Berlin.”

The film will be available to stream on Amazon Prime Video later this year. It is part of the Amazon Video Direct’s Film Festival Stars program, designed to support festival films, which FilmRise has opted into.


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