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 In order to impress Lena, the rather shy and withdrawn Fanny invents a different life for herself – but she quickly becomes trapped in her deceit.
by Claire Burger
with Lilith Grasmug, Josefa Heinsius, Nina Hoss, Chiara Mastroianni, Jalal Altawil
France / Germany / Belgium 2024 French, German, English, Subtitles: English, German 105' Colour World premiere


  • Lilith Grasmug (Fanny)
  • Josefa Heinsius (Lena)
  • Nina Hoss (Susanne)
  • Chiara Mastroianni (Antonia)
  • Jalal Altawil (Anthar)


DirectorClaire Burger
ScreenplayClaire Burger, in collaboration with Léa Mysius
CinematographyJulien Poupard
EditingFrédéric Baillehaiche, Claire Burger
MusicRebeka Warrior
Sound DesignOlivier Goinard
SoundJulien Tan Ham Sicard
Sound EditingFanny Martin, Jeanne Delplancq
Production DesignPascale Consigny
CostumesIsabelle Pannetier
Make-UpDorothea Widiermann, Anett Weber
CastingLeila Fournier, Tanja Schuh
ProducerMarie-Ange Luciani
Co-ProducersGerhard Meixner, Roman Paul, Christiane Sommer, Delphine Tomson, Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
Co-ProductionRazor Film Produktion, Berlin
Les Films du Fleuve, Liège
Arte France Cinéma, Straßburg
MDR/Arte, Leipzig

Produced by

Les Films de Pierre

Paris, France

World Sales


Paris, France

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.


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

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2024


Mon Feb 19 18:30

Berlinale Palast

Presentation of the European Shooting Stars 2024 before the screening

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Tue Feb 20 09:15

Haus der Berliner Festspiele

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Tue Feb 20 21:00

Verti Music Hall

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Fri Feb 23 21:30

Cineplex Titania

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Sun Feb 25 09:45

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