I recently attended the premier of Das Schönste Mädchen der Welt in Köln. Not only was this my first German movie, it was also my first premier in Germany – and it was nothing like any other premiers that I have been to in other parts of the world.
Let’s talk a little about the movie first – Cyril, a high school boy with a little-too-long nose, tries his best to be in shadows and ‘mask’ himself. He is often bullied for his nose by the cool kids, who are completely unaware of Cyril’s talent as a slam poet/rapper.
Roxy enters the scene – a beautiful and rich girl, who naturally gravitates towards Cyril, as a friend. It rouses jealousy, which culminates into broken noses and bones. And then there is Rick. He’s a shy, aspiring songwriter, who catches Roxy’s fancy. Cyril takes it upon himself to make sure this connection matures to a healthy relationship.
Das Schönste Mädchen der Welt is, surprising, a very ‘clean’ movie, suitable for children and families. Despite tackling subjects like teenagers, romance and bullying in one script, it hardly ever trespasses to inappropriate, and that alone deserves an applause.
The best bit about the movie has to be the music. A lot of slamming and impromptu rapping, with groovy beats and head-banging-vibes. For me, that earned a standing ovation. Good music!
All the actors (Aaron Hilmer, Jonas Ems, Julia Beautx, Sinje Irslinger, Hussein Eliraqui, Anselm Bresgott, Anke Engelke, Damian Hardung and Luna Wedler) looked beautiful and acted well. The directors for Das Schönste Mädchen der Welt roped in Instagram and YouTube stars as part of the cast, and that has lend the movie a special flair – it has become relatable for teenagers and young adults.
Now back to the premier. After the screening, the cast of Das Schönste Mädchen der Welt took to the stage, shared some laughter and their experiences of filming the movie together. I recorded it for you pleasure.
And then came my favourite bit – live performance by Aaron Hilmer (Cyril). He’s so talented, and you have to see it to believe it. Check out his performances here:
The evening concluded with a meet and greet with the cast and crew.
All in all, it was an amazing and surprising experience. Premiers that I have previously attended are much more formal and red carpet is taken very seriously. Fashion is on high alert, followed by judgemental critiques and editors. I haven’t made up my mind about which format do I like better, but this was definitely interesting.
As for the movie, I would recommend you to definitely go for it (with your children or friends) as it is a really good watch, with amazing music and the kind of story that needs to be heard.