En Garde



Sixteen-year-old Alice was put into a Catholic educational institute for girls by her mother. She is quite different from the other girls: Because of her extreme sense of hearing she perceives the world around her differently from other people and prefers to stay pretty much by herself. In the home she meets Berivan, a Kurdish girl stranded in the same place hoping for a positive judgment from the German immigration authorities. Gradually, Alice opens up to Berivan and they become friends. But the situation between the two begins to dramatically get out of control after Berivan falls in love with a boy called Ilir…

EN GARDE is the moving story about a girl who learns to overcome her fear by making a true friend for the first time in her life.

EN GARDE is the second film from the Hamburg based director Ayse Polat, who toured many of, the important international film festivals with her debut film AUSLANDSTOURNEE including, among others the Tokyo Film Festival 2000, the Karlovy Vary Film Festival 2000 (in competition) and the Ankara Film Festival (Best New Director 2001).

Production Companies
  • X Filme Creative Pool in cooperation with
    intervista digital media in co-production with
  • ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel

Maria Köpf


Tina Mersmann

Director & Script

Ayse Polat


Einar Marell


Andreas Hildebrandt

Re-recording mixer
Richard Borowski
Production design

Thilo Mengler

Costume design

Claudi González Espíndola

Hair and Make-Up

Barbara Kreuzer


Gergana Voigt

Casting by
  • Uta Seibicke
  • Ann Kathrin Weldy
  • Maria Kwiatkowsky
  • Pinar Erincin
  • Luk Piyes
  • Geno Lechner
  • Antje Westermann
  • Jytte-Merle Böhrnsen
  • Julia Mahnecke
  • Teresa Harder