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25th International Film Festival

for Children and Young Audience

10 – 17 OCT 2020
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117 min
Panorama

Balloon

2019
2018
Germany
from 12 years
Director: Michael Bully Herbig

At the end of the 1970s, life in East Germany feels musty and repressive. The Strelzyk and Wetzel families finally want to exchange the narrowness of their homeland for freedom in the West. They want to cross the strictly guarded border between the two German states in a balloon.

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Ein Junge blickt in sein Spiegelbild auf einer Wasseroberfläche.
17 min
Panorama

Blue Dog

2019
2018
France
Director: Fanny Liatard, Jérémy Trouilh

Emile fears the outside world. He stays at home and paints everything in blue. One evening, his son Yoan meets Soraya, a young girl, fond of Tamil dance. She will help him find the right colour.

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Ein gemaltes Bild von einem Schauspieler steht zwischen Pinseln, Zeitungsausschnitten und Dosen.
6 min
Panorama

The Actor

2019
1975
France
Director: Jean-François Laguionie

Face to face with himself, a comedian makes up as an old man for the needs of a role. But what’s on the other side of the mirror?

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Ein Junge steht auf einer Düne mit dunklen Wolken im Hintergrund.
15 min
Panorama

Grandpa Walrus

2019
2017
France
Director: Lucrèce Andreae

On a windy and cloudy beach, Granny is praying, Mum is shouting, the sisters don’t care, Lucas is alone. Grandpa was a weird guy, now he is dead.

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Ein junger Mann sitzt in einer dunklen Bar.
16 min
Panorama

Goliath

2019
2016
France
Director: Loïc Barché

Nicolas is madly in love with Charlotte, a girl he barely knows yet fantasizes about through the pictures she posts on Facebook. With a friend, he decides to prove his love for her by accomplishing an exploit.

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102 min
German Focus

Swimming

2019
2018
Germany
from 14 years
Director: Luzie Loose

15-year-old Elisa suffers greatly from the separation of her parents. She now has to move to a council flat in Berlin-Neukölln with her mother. The young people at her new school behave quite differently from those living in the tranquil neighbourhood on the outskirts of the city. Elisa reacts to her stress and loneliness with fainting spells and is soon declared a victim by the boys in her class.

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97 min
German Focus

A Story 'bout Love

2019
2018
Germany
from 16 years
Director: Peter Evers

At the beginning of the 1950s in the Baden-Wuerttemberg village of Sankt Peter: Since the death of his wife, the Bacher farmer, who strictly lives according to traditional rules, has become increasingly bitter. He sometimes vents his anger on his children Maria and Gregor, who are thick as thieves. Although Maria works hard from morning till night and Gregor also helps at the inn, the farm becomes too much for old Bacher.

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109 min
Panorama

This is Not Berlin

2019
2019
Mexico
from 18 years
Director: Hari Sama

Carlos and his best friend Gera are almost of age. After a visit to the infamous Aztek punk club, Carlos joins the art scene. Here he thrives and experiences drugs and free love. If only Gera’s sister, frontwoman of a band, would love him too...

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93 min
Youth Film

Giant Little Ones

2019
2018
Canada
from 15 years
Director: Keith Behrman

Parties, alcohol, pretty girlfriends – Franky and Ballas are best friends and lead a perfect teenage life. Just one thing is missing: the first time. Put under pressure by Ballas, Franky and his girlfriend finally want to venture the next step on his 17th birthday. But contrary to all expectations, the two friends get dangerously close.

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93 min
German Focus

Alfons Jitterbit – Countdown to Chaos

2019
2019
Germany
from 7 years
Director: Mark Schlichter

Alfons Jitterbit is unlucky. “Jitterbit, chicken shit!” – call boys from school after him. No wonder the eleven-year-old wants nothing more than being a “normal boy”, just like his parents want him to be. The boy has too much imagination and too little muscle, says his father. Alfons only dreams of becoming a famous astronaut like Alexander Gerst and his first officer Sergej Krumov.

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Trailer
86 min
German Focus

Fritzi - A Revolutionary Tale

2019
2019
Germany, Czech Republic, Belgium, Luxembourg
from 7 years
Director: Matthias Bruhn, Ralf Kukula

Leipzig in the summer of 1989: more and more people from East Germany are fleeing to the West. Fritziʼs best friend Sophie does not come back from her holiday in Hungary either. Fritzi had already been surprised when she was not allowed to go on holiday with Sophie and her mother Kati and that they left their dog Sputnik with her.

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Trailer
90 min
Panorama

Romy's Salon

2019
2019
Netherlands, Germany
from 8 years
Director: Mischa Kamp

After school, ten-year-old Romy reluctantly goes to see her grandmother. Strict Stine has a hairdresser's and no time for her granddaughter anyway. Only when Romy realises that Stine is messing things up, they do grow into a super team.

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100 min
Youth Film

VS.

2019
2018
Great Britain
from 15 years
Director: Ed Lilly

Eminem’s “8 Mile” in a British seaside resort: rage is the sensation Adam feels most often. He is furious with his foster families, his social worker and especially with his mother, who abandoned him when he was little. After destroying his room at his new foster parents’ home in a dispute, he has to move again.

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Trailer
99 min
Panorama

The Footballest

2019
2018
Spain
from 9 years
Director: Miguel Ángel Lamata

The Soto Alto football matches are being sabotaged. The referees constantly fall asleep on the pitch. To prevent the imminent end of their team, Pakete and his friends found the Footballest. Together, they set out on the trail of the mysterious events.

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Trailer
100 min
Youth Film

Float Like a Butterfly

2019
2018
Ireland
from 14 years
Director: Carmel Winters

As a little girl, Frances travels through her Irish homeland with her family in a horse-drawn caravan. Her beautiful mum with a bellbright voice will soon have another baby, when suddenly the police appear in the camp. In the scuffle her mother falls heavily and is fatally injured. Only the unborn brother can be saved. Her father is put in prison because he wanted to defend his family.

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92 min
Animated Film

Dilili in Paris

2019
2018
France, Belgium, Germany
from 11 years
Director: Michel Ocelot

Dilili is a clever girl with New Caledonian roots and part of a human zoo. Horrified by the glances and unjust treatments of the wise French due to her skin colour, she decides to turn her back on the ethnological exposition and stay in picturesque Paris of the Belle Époque for the time being. Here she meets delivery boy Orel, and they become close friends.

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Trailer
83 min
Junior Film

Here My Village

2019
2019
Iran (Islamic Republic of)
from 11 years
Director: Abas Aram

Farhad lives with his mother and his little sister in an unimportant desert village. They own nothing more than a small house and a few sheep. They can only get to the next bigger town in the car of their neighbour, Mr Behrouz. The young man has cast an eye at Farhad’s mother. One day he brings a fashion magazine from the city and gives it to Farhad.

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Trailer
103 min
Junior Film

I, the Sunshine

2019
2019
Mongolia
from 11 years
Director: Janchivdorj Sengedorj

In three episodes, the film tells a family story between tradition and modernity. The father grew up in a small village in the Mongolian mountains. Humble circumstances, but also a strong community shaped his childhood. His family was the first to own a television. But when they invite the village community, all they see and hear is white noise.

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67 min
Animated Film

Muzbalak

2019
2018
Kazakhstan
from 10 years
Director: Tilek Tuleugazy, Turdybek Maidan

When mean and selfish hunter Shegir holds his bleeding foot into the river, he awakens a dragon that threatens to destroy his village. In a fight to stop the dragon, the village chief dies. Shegir sees his chance to take his place. Only one person suspects the sinister plans Shegir forges: his nephew Aktai, who has serious talks with him again and again.

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83 min
Animated Film

The Daily Fable

2019
2018
Belgium
from 5 years
Director: Jens Møller, Freek Quartier

There is always something going on in the fairytale forest: many animals with different characters live here. There is Wolf who runs a small forest bistro. Or Mrs. Stork, who is cocksure of herself. Mr. Owl, on the other hand, prefers to sit on his branch and report from the newspaper about the latest forest news, for example how the stork lady invited all her friends to a picnic, but Wolf received no invitation.

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Trailer
90 min
Panorama

Chuskit

2019
2018
India
from 7 years
Director: Priya Ramasubban

Little Chuskit is looking forward to school. She wants to be as smart as her older brother Stobdan. But then Chuskit has a serious accident and cannot walk anymore. Going to school seems impossible in the remote mountain village. But Chuskit clings to her dream...

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Trailer
86 min
Youth Film

The Unpromised Land

2019
2019
Sweden
from 14 years
Director: Victor Lindgren

Holmsund is a small town in Sweden – picturesquely situated on the archipelago coast, blessed with industrial jobs and a ferry connection to Finland. Here Sabina and two Romanian compatriots are looking for happiness. Her dark hair and brown skin look like a dark spot that seems to irritate and disturb the blond Swedes. Sabina is not welcome, she feels it, she does not even find work.

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Trailer
93 min
Youth Film

Afterlife

2019
2019
Netherlands
from 14 years
Director: Willem Bosch

When teenager Sam arrives home one day, her mother is already gone. She is said to have fallen off the ladder, so her father tells her. She was dead immediately. Now Sam is alone with him and her two brothers. She misses her mother and has to be strong and take on many tasks in the family at the same time.

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Trailer
100 min
Junior Film

The Legend of the Christmas Witch

2019
2018
Italy, Spain
from 11 years
Director: Michele Soavi

Paola seems to be a pretty, caring teacher who lives a normal life. However, she has a big secret: at night she turns into hook-nosed Christmas witch Befana who brings children presents riding on her broom. For 500 years, this has been her task which she loves more than anything else despite the stress. The children and their secret desires mean the world to her.

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Trailer
108 min
Panorama

Tofu

2019
2018
Japan
from 12 years
Director: Mitsuo Kurotsuchi

Widower Yusaku makes the best tofu in the area and is highly appreciated both by housewives and by chief executives. He lives modestly with his adult daughter in the mountains. When orphan boy Masami enters his life, the old man is faced with completely new challenges.

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Trailer
92 min
Panorama

The Sweet Taste of Salted Bread and Undies

2019
2018
Philippines
from 12 years
Director: Che Espírito

Pinching, punching, kicking or choking: Aguy can heal people by inflicting pain on them. One day the little girl meets an old baker who suffers from kidney failure. They become close friends, but her gift does not seem to work for him.

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Trailer
88 min
Panorama

Stars by the Pound

2019
2018
France
from 12 years
Director: Marie-Sophie Chambon

Loïs weighs a lot – too much to become an astronaut. She therefore decides not to eat anymore. But her body collapses, she faints at school and wakes up again in the psychiatric ward. Together with the new, extraordinary friends she finds there, she plans to set off for the stars.

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Trailer
90 min
Junior Film

Kings of Mulberry Street

2019
2019
South Africa
from 12 years
Director: Judy Naidoo

Welcome to Mulberry Street in Durban, South Africa. A small Indian community has been living there for decades. Actually a very nice and safe place – provided you adapt or are protected. Harold Baboo and his father Dev Singh have to learn this the hard way when they move from Johannesburg to Durban after the mother died.

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Trailer
96 min
Children´s Film

The Home in the Tree

2019
2018
China
from 9 years
Director: Zhang Zhonghua

Chinese school children are under an enormous pressure to perform well. In the small village school, where the boy Ba-Wang is a student, texts are memorised and recited even during the breaks. Soon the major comparison test will take place and the director demands one of the best results in the country. Ba-Wang does not care about all this hustle and bustle.

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90 min
Children´s Film

Binti

2019
2019
Belgium, Netherlands
from 9 years
Director: Frederike Migom

Born in Congo, twelve-year-old Binti and her father Jovial have been living illegally in Belgium for many years. Binti feels like a Belgian and dreams of becoming a popular vlogger, such as her idol Tatyana. Binti also has a video blog and regularly fills it with funny shots of her everyday life, which is suddenly disturbed when once again she and her father have to flee from the police.

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110 min
Children´s Film

Bori

2019
2018
South Korea
from 10 years
Director: Jinyu Kim

Eleven-year-old Bori lives in a happy family save that her parents and her younger brother are deaf and communicate in sign language. Bori’s job is to interpret and conduct conversations - on the phone, in shops, with authorities. Although she is important to her parents and they lovingly care for her, she still feels like a stranger at home.

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94 min
Panorama

Eighth Grade

2019
2018
USA
from 12 years
Director: Bo Burnham

Kayla is a student in the eighth grade, but she is invisible for her classmates. She makes YouTube videos nobody watches and dreams of a boy who barely notices her. When she is invited to a pool party by the year's most popular student, Kayla panics.

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105 min
Youth Film

Papicha

2019
2018
Algeria, France, Morocco, Qatar
from 16 years
Director: Mounia Meddour

Algeria, in the early 1990s: civil war is raging in the country. Radical militant groups try to establish an Islamist state, and those standing in their way are eliminated. Nedjima lives during this period of time. The 18-year-old studies French and is enthusiastic about fashion design. Together with her friends, she does everything ‘papichas’, pretty young girls, are not supposed to do – they have parties, wear revealing clothes and show provocative behaviour.

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85 min
Junior Film

Running to the Sky

2019
2019
Kyrgyzstan
from 11 years
Director: Mirlan Abdykalykov

Jekshen grows up in a picturesque mountain village in Kyrgyzstan. But the idyll is deceptive. The divorce of his parents, the absence of his mother and the care for his alcoholic father have forced the eleven-year-old to grow up at a young age. The only thing that can cheer the lonely boy up is the fascination for his sports teacher. She is also the one who discovers Jekshenʼs talent for running.

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Eine Schnecke hinterlässt eine kunterbunte Farbenspur.
8 min
Short Film

Snail the Painter

2019
2018
Croatia
from 4 years
Director: Manuela Vladić-Maštruko

As snails crawl across patches of paint, they leave behind coloured trails that overlap and mix, creating new colours.

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Das kleine Mädchen Mao Mao füttern ihr Haustier, ein Huhn.
13 min
Short Film

Mao Mao

2019
2019
Singapore
from 4 years
Director: Gary Chia Yew Hong

As six year old Ting and her family moves from their country house to a city apartment, Ting defies all odds to keep her pet chicken.

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Der kleine Dino-Junge Taami strahlt mit seiner besten Freundin um die Wette.
9 min
Short Film

Maamuu – Mommy’s Love

2019
2019
Mongolia
from 4 years
Director: Ganbold Luvsandamdin

One morning, Taami realizes, that his favorite sweets are all gone. His mother tells him, that whatever you use will eventually be empty. Taami gets scared: What if Mommy’s love is empty someday?

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Koyaa blickt erstaunt auf seinen in der Luft schwebenden Radiergummi.
3 min
Short Film

Koyaa – Jumpy Eraser

2019
2019
Slovenia
from 4 years
Director: Kolja Saksida

Koyaa draws some lovely bunnies on a piece of paper, framing it. As he’s ready to set aside his eraser, it jumps up and starts charging around! Koyaa needs a quick solution for the jumpy mayhem.

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Eine Katze steht mit ihrem Handtuch vor einem Badesee und blickt kritisch auf eine Fischgräte.
7 min
Short Film

Cat Lake City

2019
2019
Germany
from 4 years
Director: Antje Heyn

Percy Cat is looking forward to a relaxing day in Cat Lake City – the cats’ vacation paradise. But the place is not as expected. Not even the spot on the towel is as safe as he thought …

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