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My Skinny Sister / Min lilla syster

Min lilla syster, rather unfortunately titled My Skinny Sister for the international market, is a warmly authentic story about growing up. This first feature film by director Sanna Lenken describes with humor, love, and grace the toll that an eating disorder can take on a family. Katja, in her late teens, is an all-round winner at life. Beautiful, an excellent student, and a champion ice skater, she’s beloved by everyone. Her naturally proud parents reward her with lovely clothes and talk endlessly about her successes. But Katja’s biggest fan is her kid sister Stella . . .

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Brenda Benthien

Brenda Benthien is a program consultant and the Guest Relations Director of the Cleveland International Film Festival. She works in Guest Management at the Nordic Film Days in Lübeck and serves as a consultant to the Cinetopia International Film Festival in Ann Arbor and Detroit. Brenda was involved with starting up AFI Fest in Los Angeles, and has lived and worked in Munich and Tokyo. When she isn’t busy with festivals, Brenda is a German translator of screenplays and film-related texts. Her translation of Rudolf Arnheim’s Film Essays and Criticism is published by the University of Wisconsin press. Brenda lives in Hamburg and runs the Hamburg Review website, a critical compendium of writings on film and literature. www.hamburg-review.de