Dora or the Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents
Dora or the Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents

Dora or the Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents

Director Stina Werenfels

Production year 2015

Length 92min.

Country Switzerland/Germany


Dora is 18 and bursting with curiosity. Her mother Kristin has recently taken Dora off her sedating medication. The learning disabled young woman throws herself into all that life has to offer – this includes an infatuation with a man. To Kristin’s horror the two have a spontaneous sexual encounter that soon develops into a liaison. The morally dubious man is clearly drawn to Dora’s uninhibited sexuality. While Kristin tries in vain for another child, Dora finds herself pregnant…


Stina Werenfels
Stina Werenfels



Samir Koch, Karin Koch


Stina Werenfels, Boris Treyer

Director of Photography

Lukas Strebel

Production designer

Beatrice Schultz

Music by

Peter Scherer


Uve Haussig


Jann Anderegg


Victoria Schulz, Jenny Schily, Lars Eidinger, Urs Jucker

Production company(ies)

Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion Molkenstrasse 21 8004 Zürich, Switzerland

Stina Werenfels

Stina Werenfelsspent her early childhood in the US, Greece and Spain. Following her degree in Pharmacology, she went on to study film at the New York University (Tisch School of the Arts) in 1991 where she attended master classes by Spike Lee, Arthur Penn and Marketa Kimbrell. There she completed her studies with the prize winning short documentary Fragments from the Lower East Side (1994) describing the vanishing Jewish culture of New York’s neighbourhood. Back in Switzerland Werenfels shot Pastry, Pain & Politics (1998) for which she was given amongst other awards the Swiss Film Prize for best short film. Her first movie feature Nachbeben (2006) premiered at the Berlinale Panorama and went on to win several awards. Besides writing and directing, Stina Werenfels also teaches ‘acting for film’ at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK).


Fragments from the Lower East Side (1994, short), Pastry, Pain & Politics (1998, short), ID Swiss (1999, segment “Making of a Jew”), Nachbeben/Going Private (2006), Dora or the Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents (2015).

FILMS 2015