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Bonnie and Bonnie

Wilhelmburgers Yara and Kiki are in love, but Yara has to keep it a secret because her father and brother Bekim adhere to conservative traditions. Nevertheless, the two young women fight for their love and for their right to a self-determined life.


“Everything is so complicated,“ sighs 17 year old Yara (Emma Drogunova) from Hamburg. The Wilhemsburger likes dancing hip hop and shooting videos with her friends that they then upload on YouTube. When the clique films a so-called prank video, Yara goes up to a randomly selected person on the street and takes her hand. Tough Kiki (Sara Mahita) reacts in a less than enthusiastic way, but when Yara and Kiki‘s eyes meet, there‘s a spark. Kiki, who comes from a tough environment, invites Yara on a joyride shortly after – and they kiss. Yara has to keep the budding relationship with Kiki a secret because her Albanian father and her brother Bekim (Slavko Popadic) are strictly against it and adhere to conservative traditions. While Bekim tries to lock up Yara and watch over her, her father plans to marry her off to an acquaintance‘s son. Both young women, who call themselves Bonnie and Bonnie in reference to the famous gangster couple, fight for their love and the right to a self-determined life.

BONNIE & BONNIE is the debut of director Ali Hakim and he wrote the screenplay together with Maike Rasch. Hakim, born in Kabul, migrated to Germany in 1989 and grew up in Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg. His well-paced and very believable coming-of-age drama navigates the teen‘s environment. Cell phone videos and online posts are part of the film and move the plot forward. Main actress Emma Drogunova, the European Shooting Star of 2019, is very convincing as Yara, torn between her feelings for Kiki and her family. With BONNIE & BONNIE, Hakim takes a strong stand against homophobia and for equality.

Stefanie Borowsky

Translation: Elinor Lewy


Original title: Bonnie und Bonnie
Deutschland 2019, 90 min
Language: German, Albanian
Genre: Love-story
Director: Ali Hakim
Author: Maike Rasch, Ali Hakim
DOP: Rodja Kükenthal
Montage: Janina Gerkens
Music: Andreas Bruhn, Christian Frank
Distributor: Edition Salzgeber
Cast: Emma Drogunova, Sarah Mahita, Kasem Hoxha, Miguel Ribeiro
FSK: 16
Release: 24.10.2019



  • OV Original version
  • OmU Original with German subtitles
  • OmeU Original with English subtitles
  • OV Original version
  • OmU Original with German subtitles
  • OmeU Original with English subtitles
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