What You Like

'Was Dir Gefälllt' portrays the rather uncertain interaction between Chi and Sami, while they are spending their morning together on their rooftop. The two are roomates, yet the chemistry between them suggests something deeper. Chi who is still discovering her queerness is unsure how to handle her attraction towards Sami, who seems unimpressed at first but drawn into a magnetizing moment between the two eventually. The relationship between them stays unclear yet we can feel that Chi is proud and still amazed by herself stepping out of her shell to get closer to Sami.

  • Marielle Gutermann
    Director
    What You Get To See (2021), Every Move Has A History (2021)
  • Emine Demir
    Director
    15 Yıl
  • Sok-Muy Vanessa Ly
    Producer
    Nico (2020), Nails, Lashes Bubble Tea (2022)
  • Liv Toerkell
    Writer
  • Ngoc Linh Truong
    Key Cast
  • Lan Mi Le
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 33 seconds
  • Production Budget:
    500 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Germany
  • Country of Filming:
    Germany
  • Language:
    German
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, Blackmagic 4k
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes - filmArche
Director - Marielle Gutermann, Emine Demir
Director Statement

Navigating attraction, love and sexuality is something we hardly learn as young people. It moreso feels like something we are thrown into. A lot of love stories we see portrayed in mainstream media seem to create very unrealistic and one sided ideas of love and sexuality. In our short film "Was Dir Gefällt" ("What You Like") we wanted to tell the story of Chi, who is attracted to her roomate Sami and therefor trys to get Samis attention and interest. It is important to us to represent a story about queer characters of Color who are learning to navigate their sexuality and attraction in a way that feels akward yet magical and new and therefor relatable and realistic.

Us as directors have surley been in situations like this situations before and it was important to us that our team can relate to the story of our film as well. Therefor we chose to form a team that included mostly FLINTA (female, lesbian, inter, non-binary, trans, asexual) of Color. We were very pleased with the atmosphere that was created on set and believe it is very important to pay attention to the way people relate to the art we make.