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 In order to impress Lena, the rather shy and withdrawn Fanny invents a different life for herself – but she quickly becomes trapped in her deceit.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 105’ Colour World premiere


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


Director Claire Burger
Screenplay Claire Burger in collaboration with Léa Mysius
Cinematography Julien Poupard
Editing Frédéric Baillehaiche, Claire Burger
Music Rebeka Warrior
Sound Design Olivier Goinard
Sound Julien Tan Ham Sicard
Sound Editing Fanny Martin, Jeanne Delplancq
Production Design Pascale Consigny
Costumes Isabelle Pannetier
Make-Up Dorothea Widiermann, Anett Weber
Casting Leila Fournier, Tanja Schuh
Producer Marie-Ange Luciani
Co-Producers Gerhard Meixner, Roman Paul, Christiane Sommer, Delphine Tomson, Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
Co-Production Razor Film Produktion Berlin
Les Films du Fleuve Liège
Arte France Cinéma Straßburg
MDR/Arte Leipzig

Produced by

Les Films de Pierre

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