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Original title: Broken
German title: Broken
Great Britain, 2012

Director: Norris, Rufus
Production company: Cuba Pictures
Co-producers: BBC Films, LipSync Productions, Bill Kenwright Films
Age recommendation: 16 years and up

Skunk is 11 years-old and diabetic. The summer holidays have just begun and her days are full of easy hopes. Then Mr. Oswald, the ugly man who lives opposite, beats up Rick, the sweet, but unstable boy next door after his daughter accuses the boy of rape, and Skunk's innocence begins to be drained away at a speed and in a way she cannot control. Her home, her neighbourhood, her school, all become treacherous environments where the happy certainties of childhood give way to a fear-filled doubt, and a complex, broken world fills her future. Skunk seeks solace in the last remaining place where she knows she can find it – the unspoken friendship with sweet, damaged Rick – and falls into a chaos where suddenly, joyfully, she has choice thrust back into her hands. The choice to remain in this place she was never promised, or to leave it entirely – to live or to die.

Cannes 2012, Giffoni 2012, Ale Kino Poznan 2012, BUFF Malmö 2013 (awarded), Kristiansand 2013, Tromsø CFF 2013

Website: www.cubapictures.co.uk/

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