Langue Étrangère


Fanny, a 17-year-old schoolgirl from France, goes on a language exchange trip to Germany. In Leipzig, she meets her pen pal Lena who is the same age as her and who is eager to become involved in political activism. In order to impress Lena, the rather shy and withdrawn Fanny invents a different life for herself – but she quickly becomes trapped in her deceit.


  • Runtime

    105 min
  • Country

    France, Germany, Belgium
  • Year of Presentation

  • Year of Production

  • Director

    Claire Burger
  • Cast

    Lilith Grasmug, Josefa Heinsius, Nina Hoss, Chiara Mastroianni, Jalal Altawil
  • Production Company

    Les Films de Pierre
  • Berlinale Section

  • Berlinale Category

    Feature Film

dates of presentation

    1. Berlinale Palast

      Am Marlene-Dietrich-Platz 1
      10785 Berlin

    1. Haus der Berliner Festspiele

      Schaperstraße 24
      10719 Berlin

    2. Verti Music Hall

      Mercedes-Platz 2
      10243 Berlin

    1. Cineplex Titania

      Gutsmuthsstraße 27/28
      12163 Berlin

    1. Verti Music Hall

      Mercedes-Platz 2
      10243 Berlin

Biography Claire Burger

The French screenwriter and director’s film It’s Free for Girls, co-directed with Marie Amachoukeli, won the César for Best Short Film. Her debut feature film Party Girl, co-directed with Marie Amachoukeli and Samuel Theis, won the Golden Camera at the 2014 Cannes film festival. In 2018, she directed Real Love, for which she also wrote the screenplay. The film won Best Film at the Giornate degli Autori – Venice Days film festival.

Filmography Claire Burger

2014 Party Girl; Co-Regie: Marie Amachoukeli, Samuel Theis | 2018 C’est ça l’amour (Real Love) | 2024 Langue Étrangère