Sarah is a solitary 17-year old girl. She struggles to connect with people, a reality her listless bourgeois family fails to understand. Sarah wishes she had a boyfriend, a friend, someone she can confide in. Instead, she struggles with depression, a perpetuating loop that only serves to isolate her further. Yet Sarah finds an outlet in her high school drama class— when she performs she becomes someone else entirely, another character able to give truth to her most hidden desires. But sublimation through art leads Sarah down a dangerous path to a secret only she can keep.
An expertly modulated study of the barriers between performance and life, brilliance and madness, Sarah Plays A Werewolf dissects mental illness and the rules of social decorum through the eyes of one radically rebellious young woman. Katharina Wyss' debut feature premiered at Venice's Settimana della Critica, Zurich, São Paulo, Seville, Film Comment Selects - Lincoln Center, Taipei; Saarbrücken, where it won Best Actress; Khanty-Mansiysk, where it won Best Film; and Achtung Berlin where it won Best Director.