25th International Film Festival

for Children and Young Audience

10 – 17 OCT 2020

Einfach Charlie

Original title: Just Charlie
International title: Just Charlie
99 min
Junior Film
Great Britain
from 12 years
German Premiere
Direction: Rebekah Fortune
Script: Peter Machen
Actor: Harry Gilby, Patricia Potter

Additional Information
Karl Clarke
Erine O'Donovan
Darryl O'Donovan, Yann McCullough
Seahorse Films LLP

Charlie is a gifted footballer despite his youth. Renowned clubs have already signalled an interest in him, lucrative contracts are in store. But what fills his father with unspeakable pride means nightmares and deepest uncertainty to the boy. How can he tell his family that he would prefer to wear skirts and dresses and dress his hair in a ponytail, use lipstick, apply perfume and, if he has to play football, then in a girls’ team? Charlie suspects that this would particularly hurt his father, whose own ambitious sporting goals have never been accomplished. When the boy gathers all his courage and confides in his family, the feared catastrophe occurs: his father denies any contact and repudiates his son; only his mother and his older sister Eve stand by him. Their support encourages Charlie to appear as a girl at school and with her friends. Despite all refusal and contempt, she does not leave her pursued path. Then comes the day when Charlie is first invited to play in a girls' football team.