Mise à nu

Catching Birds
Anouk’s objective while training is to take down her opponent. But with a glance from fellow wrestler Theo, and a moment of tender physical contact, she, the only girl on the team, starts seeing the sparring sessions in a different light. Relationships between bodies, gazes and feelings are negotiated anew in this quietly intimate study of a young woman discovering and boldly embracing a new sense of her own and others’ physicality.
by Lea Marie Lembke, Simon Maria Kubiena
with Anna Stanic, Fethi Aidouni, Marin Judas
Germany / Austria / France 2023 French 19’ Colour World premiere | Festival distribution: Lemonade Films <br/>www.refreshingfilms.com recommendation: 14 years and up


  • Anna Stanic (Anouk)
  • Fethi Aidouni (Louis)
  • Marin Judas (Theo)


Directors Lea Marie Lembke, Simon Maria Kubiena
Screenplay Lea Marie Lembke, Simon Maria Kubiena
Cinematography Leon Hörtrich, Wesley William Salamone
Editing Lucas Cantera
Sound Design Samuel Krupke, Bjarne Taurnier, Frederic Hellmann
Sound Alexandre Gneouchev
Production Design Lise Lacoue-Labarthe
Costumes Clara Leclerc
Make-Up Amélie Babouelenne
Casting Constance Demontoy, Anouk Abolnik
Producers Lotta Schmelzer, Lisa Purtscher
Assistant Director Camille Laut
Production Managers Soléne Collard, Iseult Imbert
In Cooperation with Österreichisches Kulturforum

Additional information

Festival distribution: Lemonade Films

Lea Marie Lembke

The director grew up in Berlin where she studied philosophy and film studies. She gained her first experiences in filmmaking working as an assistant director and casting coordinator for various film productions as well as directing her own shorts. Since 2019, she has studied at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. In 2021, she was selected for the scholarship exchange semester at La Fémis film school in Paris.

Filmography (short films)

2019 Insular · FOMO 2022 Fast nah 2023 Mise à nu (Catching Birds); co-director: Simon Maria Kubiena

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2023

Simon Maria Kubiena

Born in Vienna, Austria in 1998, he was introduced to filmmaking via acting at the Burgtheater in Vienna and in Austrian film productions. He has attended several film and acting workshops including one at the Prague Film School; since 2019, he has been studying directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. He has been awarded a scholarship by the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung and has attended La Fémis film school in Paris for an exchange semester.

Filmography (short films)

2019 Boy · Mama 2021 Rain Outside Our Window 2022 Blaues Rauschen (Blue Noise) 2023 Mise à nu (Catching Birds); co-director: Lea Marie Lembke

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2023