Columbia Film Festival

Sweet Disaster

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Frida unexpectedly falls pregnant and Felix, the father of her child, breaks up with her to reunite with his ex using methods which are absurd, exaggerated and often hilarious.

"Not since Toni Erdmann have cliches around German humour been so artfully disproven." (Pauline Rieux, Raindance Film Festival)

"...but it’s written and directed in such a way that makes this tragedy into more of an amusingly wistful melancholy, effectively blending genres and making something totally unique. ...As far as romantic comedies go, Sweet Disaster is one of the most original and imaginative ones in recent memory." (Jack Walter, Loud and Clear Reviews)

"Frida is a really crazy fun character. Outstanding performance by Friederike Kempter. ...See for yourself!" (Sabine Willkop, SWR Fernsehen)

"Light-footed Drama narrates our imperfect life. The conflicts in generation gap, relationships and parenting are transcended to precise scenes full of empathy for the characters." (Heiner Dahl, ARD)

"It's truly heart-warming and funny!" (Julia Lehmann, SR1)

" of the best films of the year... Sweet Disaster by Laura Lehmus stars the quirky, funny, and loveable Friederike Kempter who leads a formidable cast in this hilarious, poetic and heartfelt comedy." (Pendance Film Festival)

“Sweet Disaster is as cute and funny as it is dramatic and heartbreaking. Directed by the gifted Laura Lehmus." (Adam Mast, The Independent)

"For a long time no one has told a story as quirly and peppy about unfaithful men and abandoned pregnant women. Laura Lehmus hits in her debut feature film an blithe keynote, overplaying elegantly the hidden minorkey. She charms the audience with animations and surreal inspiration without slipping in to artificial gimmick. The real-life position of single moms remains constanty precent." (Peter Gutting,


A late-in-the-game pregnancy and the sudden ending of a relationship are not necessarily catastrophic by themselves. Combine the two, and it is like throwing fire accelerant on charcoal.

Short synopsis

Frida unexpectedly falls pregnant and Felix, the father of her child, breaks up with her to re-unite with his ex. Although some serious health problems caused by the late pregnancy force Frida to rest, she still tries to get Felix back, using methods which are absurd, exaggerated and sometimes hilarious.

Long synopsis

SWEET DISASTER tells the story of FRIDA. German-Finnish, painting therapist and 40-y.o. Two events change the usual course of her life. She gets unexpectedly pregnant and FELIX, the father of her child breaks up with her to re-unite with his ex who is suddenly back. FELIX admits that it is not the best timing, however it does not prevent him from leaving. FRIDA cannot accept FELIX' decision. Although some serious health problems caused by the late pregnancy force her to rest, she tries to get FELIX back with the help of absurd, exaggerated and sometimes absolutely comic actions.

Director Biography - Laura Lehmus

Laura Lehmus was born in 1972 in Finland. She studied fine arts at F+F School in Zurich & audiovisual media at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. After a long stopover in Berlin and Helsinki, in 2019 Laura finally settled in Düsseldorf from where she works as director, on-air producer and art director for film and TV, among others for ARTE, Nickelodeon, YLE, Solarfilm Helsinki. Her short film ALIENATION has won several awards such as the German Short Film Award (2015) – Lola Award in Gold in the category Animated Film. It became one of the three most successful German short films in 2016 (FFA Filmförderungsanstalt). SWEET DISASTER is Laura’s feature film debut, scheduled for festival release in late 2021 and German theatrical release in autumn 2022.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    90 minutes
  • Language
    German, Finnish
  • Country
  • Note
  • Director
    Laura Lehmus
  • Screenwriter
    Ruth Toma
  • Producer
    Markus Kaatsch, Nina Poschinski, Michael Grudsky, Christian Becker, Oliver Schwabe, Laura Lehmus, Eva Habermann
  • Cast
    Friederike Kempter, Florian Lukas, Lasse Myhr, Katharina Behrens, Lena Urzendowsky
  • Cinematographer
    Anne Bolick
  • Editor
    Andreas Menn
  • Composer
    Boris Goltz