Jana Mckinnon


Christiane Felscherinow is a name that has been synonymous with drug addiction and the gritty underworld of Berlin in the 1970s. Her memoir, “Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo” (We Children of Bahnhof Zoo), was a sensation when it was first published in 1978, and has since been translated into several languages. Now, more than four decades later, Christiane Felscherinow is back with a new book and a movie adaptation, “Christiane F – My Second Life”, starring Riva Krymalowski.

The Story

Jana Mckinnon

“Christiane F – My Second Life” picks up where the original memoir left off. Christiane is now in her 50s and has been clean for several years. She is living a quiet life in Amsterdam, where she works as a cook in a restaurant. But her past comes back to haunt her when a young girl named Anna shows up at her doorstep, looking for help.

Anna’s Story

Anna is a 14-year-old runaway from Poland who has been lured into the world of prostitution and drugs. She reminds Christiane of her younger self and Christiane takes her under her wing. Together, they embark on a journey to find Anna’s family and get her out of the dangerous world she has found herself in.

The Movie

The movie adaptation of “Christiane F – My Second Life” stars Riva Krymalowski as Anna and Natja Brunckhorst, who played Christiane in the original movie, in a supporting role. The movie was directed by Sherry Hormann, who is best known for her work on “Desert Flower” and “3096 Days”.

Riva Krymalowski

Riva Krymalowski is a young actress who has already made a name for herself in the German film industry. She won the Best Actress award at the 2019 Berlin International Film Festival for her role in “Systemsprenger” (System Crasher), and has since been cast in several high-profile projects.


“Christiane F – My Second Life” is a powerful story of redemption and hope. It shows that even in the darkest of times, there is always a chance for a second life. The movie adaptation, starring Riva Krymalowski, is a must-watch for fans of the original memoir and anyone who is interested in stories of survival and resilience.


Who is Christiane Felscherinow?

Christiane Felscherinow is a German author and former heroin addict who gained worldwide recognition for her autobiographical book “Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo” (We Children from Bahnhof Zoo) which chronicles her life as a drug addict in Berlin in the 1970s.

What is “Second Life”?

“Second Life” is a movie adaptation of Christiane Felscherinow’s book “Mein Zweites Leben” (My Second Life) which tells the story of her life after overcoming her addiction and becoming an advocate for drug prevention.

Who stars in the movie?

The movie stars Riva Krymalowski, a young German actress who plays the role of Christiane Felscherinow in her teenage years. Other cast members include Jannis Niewöhner, Lena Urzendowsky, and Andreas Pietschmann.

When was the movie released?

The movie was released on September 10, 2020, at the Toronto International Film Festival. It was later released in Germany on October 1, 2020.

Is the movie in German?

Yes, the movie is in German with English subtitles available.

What is the movie’s rating?

The movie is rated R for drug use, language, and some sexual content.

Who directed the movie?

The movie was directed by Caroline Link, a German film director known for her work on “Nowhere in Africa” and “Beyond Silence.”

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