[Final Girls Berlin FF Review] WRATH Shorts Block
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On February 3rd, Final Girls Berlin Film Festival proves hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Revenge becomes the focus of these three shorts, but just because the WRATH category holds the fewest entries, does not mean the directors take revenge lightly. The three shorts discussed in this article all center around the topic of rape and the final girls who survive and fight back. Sometimes the rape involves a bodily violation and other times the assault comes as an attack on a person’s way of life. Even youth does not remain free from revenge as two of the featured shorts cast pre-teen girls as the lead protagonist, but their reason for revenge does not differ from their older equivalents. If you are lucky enough to attend the festival in person, then your WRATH selection will almost double because two shorts from this collection will only be shown in person.

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DANA

In less than twenty minutes, Lucia Forner Segarra carves out a world where sexual violence becomes the norm, and when the law does nothing one woman takes a bloody and vengeful stand. One late night, Dana’s path crosses with Augusto Marques (also known as the “Outskirts Rapist”) and she violently puts his raping days to an end. Physically and emotionally managed by the near-rape and the subsequent murder, Dana takes some time to recover from the initial crime, but upon learning many other serial rapists lurked the streets of Spain, the former victim single-handedly starts the “Dana Movement.” And through her rebirth, she learns society does not mind at all if rapists start showing up dead. Well-paced and brilliantly directed, DANA creates such a strong story arc, the short plays like a full-length film.

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MENARCA

In a small Brazilian village, the inhabitants live a dangerous existence because the waters surrounding their home are infested with piranhas. However, the creatures on land provide the Nana far more concern. Lillah Halla names her short film of revenge after the word menarche, which means the first occurrence of menstruation. Menarche marks the beginning of adolescence and the first step toward womanhood, but also serves as a step towards a more violent and insecure world. Piranhas surround the island, brutally seeking out any drop of blood, but on the island, men also seek out blood from the pubescent body. In a world where men exist as the apex predatory, the girls must rely on a strange creature to stand a chance against the sex-hungry monsters.

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MASSACRE

Two young sisters spent their entire life on an island with everything they needed to make themselves happy. The beauty of the beach and wildlife fills their days, but they also remain connected to the modern world with their fashion vlog. However, their innocent lives as island princesses become threatened when the encroaching tourist industry drives up prices and makes it impossible for the locals to continue their way of life. The snobby elite makes it clear they do not want ice cream from the local shop,  but instead they want imported detoxing carrot and spinach juices. And they definitely do not want to talk to little island girls who will only grow up to be maids. The age of the children should not mislead you because the eldest sister is far more aware of the changes than anyone else on the island. For most of the short, we see her observing her surroundings and meticulously planning her revenge. Director Maïté Sonnet captures the adolescent gaze as it plots a coming-of-age massacre.


If you cannot make it to the Final Girls Berlin Film Festival, most of the shorts will be available to watch virtually internationally and tickets can be purchased here.

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