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26th International Film Festival

for Children and Young Audience

9 – 16 OCT 2021

The Legend of the Christmas Witch


Original title: La Befana vien di notte
German title: Unsere Lehrerin, die Weihnachtshexe
Trailer
100 min
Junior Film
2019
2018
Italy, Spain
from 11 years
2019 | German Premiere
Direction: Michele Soavi
Script: Nicola Guaglianone
Cast: Paola Cortellesi, Stefano Fresi

SCHLINGEL Year

2019 | Junior Film


Additional Information
Camera
Nicola Pecorini
Cut
Pietro Morana
Music
Andrea Farri
Production
Lucky Red, Morena Films

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. Due to a turbulent mistake Paola is filmed riding her broom at night and now everyone knows that Befana really exists. To make matters worse, vengeful toy maker Mr. Johnny takes advantage of this knowledge and kidnaps her. By chance, her student Riccardo witnesses this kidnapping and drums five of his classmates up to free their teacher. They bravely get on their bicycles and set off together on a long and rugged road to Mr. Johnny. But it is not that easy and fighting is inevitable. The rescue squad has to patch things up and overcome all differences. This is the only way to save Paola/Befana and the Christmas festival. But they have no idea how difficult this rescue mission is going to be.