WORLD PREMIERE at FESTIVAL DE CANNES 25.5.2022 Special Screening 7.30 pm Varda Theatre
A middle-aged woman with a preference for younger partners, mainly men in their 20s, searches for a genuine human connection while faced with societal double standards, prejudice and toxic masculinity.
Script and Directing: Doroteya Droumeva
Co-author Script & Directing: Martin Razhdashki
Shooting Location: Berlin, Germany
Year of Production: 2021
Duration: 100 minutes
Language: English, German
Cast: Shirly Lev, Christian Wewerka, Sophie de Frenne, David Krzysteczko, Nikolai Tegeler, Nils Nadolny, Markus Bernhard Börger, Magnus Mariuson, Lisa-Katrina Mayer, Kris Kwiat, Jonathan Elias Weiske, Viktor Nilsson, Lavinia Heilig, Maximilian Braun, Martin Razhdashki, Egor Reider, Yasin Abdel Hamid, Peter Volksdorf, Onur Akkilic, Niklas Huda, Amielle Marie Baumann, Alex „Goldkuss Tresor“, Sarah Ponti, Simon Findlay, Mette Sander Koppelaar, Damian D. Martinez Dryer, LocaLaura, Stephan Jacobi, Dima Felix Holland, Jenny Galetski
Executive Producer: Doroteya Droumeva
Producer: Chelsea Brünger
Director assistants: Jasper Sörns, Sophie de Frenne
Director of Photography: Adrian Angehrn
Camera assistant: Nils Hansen
Composer: Falk Luka Wünsch, Hendrik Omun
Costume Design: Tanja Jesek, Carmen Abele
Sound Recordist: Rocket Loam, Alejandro Weyler, Vilte Gustyte
Make-up: Sophia Tschumburidse
Editing: Evanthia Afstralou & Doroteya Droumeva
Sound Designer: Orlando Pönsgen, Hendrik Omun
Titles Graphic Design: transparent-film
It is a story that engages with the social taboos that stigmatise age gap relationships made up of an older woman and a younger partner as acts of sexual fetish.
Part of it focuses on the free and uncensored representation of female sexuality, especially when it comes to women over the age of 35.
The film aims to destigmatize relationships between older women and younger partners and to show that those could be possible at eye level.
I want to counter societal stereotypes and judgements in order to represent older women as the free, intelligent and sexual being that they are.
The Vagabonds is inspired by my own experience with younger men and dating apps, the situations and characters I have encountered on my quest for intimacy and love.
This story must be told because we still inhabit a world of sexism, prejudice and stereotypes and female perspectives are very rare in the world of cinema from men´s perspective (which automatically results in mansplaining so that men can keep the status-quo and their positions of power).
By winning the Cinéfondation Competition some years ago with the short film The Letter https://vimeo.com/85140884, the director's first feature film will have a guaranteed slot for premiering at Cannes Film Festival 2022.
Besides, we will strive to show it at various other renowned film festivals and cinemas worldwide.