The Kidnapping of the Bride

Luisa from Buenos Aires and Fred from Brandenburg have a unique relationship in which they’ve created their own universe. At their wedding, the two lovers are increasingly confronted with their social roles and intercultural prejudices. In the maelstrom of the night, they lose their sovereignty and each other. The tradition of the kidnapping of the bride, still an integral part of many weddings in German-speaking countries, finally shatters the couple’s equality. There is no room for love in this claustrophobic role play of marriage.

“Special Mention” at Berlinale 2023

Germany | 2023 | 30′

The Kidnapping of the Bride

Luisa from Buenos Aires and Fred from Brandenburg have a unique relationship in which they’ve created their own universe. At their wedding, the two lovers are increasingly confronted with their social roles and intercultural prejudices. In the maelstrom of the night, they lose their sovereignty and each other. The tradition of the kidnapping of the bride, still an integral part of many weddings in German-speaking countries, finally shatters the couple’s equality. There is no room for love in this claustrophobic role play of marriage.

“Special Mention” at Berlinale 2023

Germany | 2023 | 30′

Director

Sophia Mocorrea

In her work German-Argentinean Sophia Mocorrea questions and deconstructs the structures in which young people are socialized within and between cultures. Her award winning short film MATADORAS was screened at numerous festivals. Her graduation film EL SECUESTRO DE LA NOVIA (eng. The Kidnapping of the Bride, 30 min.), won the Best International Short Film Award at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival and received an honourable mention at the 73rd Berlinale in the Perspektive Deutsches Kino section. She is currently developing her first feature film MARRIAGE BY ABDUCTION, which won the Les Arcs Talent Village Award, was invited to the Toronto Film Festival 2022 and is being part of the Torino Script Lab 2023.

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Director

Sophia Mocorrea

In her work German-Argentinean Sophia Mocorrea questions and deconstructs the structures in which young people are socialized within and between cultures. Her award winning short film MATADORAS was screened at numerous festivals. Her graduation film EL SECUESTRO DE LA NOVIA (eng. The Kidnapping of the Bride, 30 min.), won the Best International Short Film Award at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival and received an honourable mention at the 73rd Berlinale in the Perspektive Deutsches Kino section. She is currently developing her first feature film MARRIAGE BY ABDUCTION, which won the Les Arcs Talent Village Award, was invited to the Toronto Film Festival 2022 and is being part of the Torino Script Lab 2023.

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