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25th International Film Festival

for Children and Young Audience

10 – 17 OCT 2020
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92 min
Panorama

87 Children

2018
2017
Ukraine, Georgia
from 14 years
Director: Akhtem Seitablaev

1944 – in occupied Ukraine, at the zenith of the persecution of the Jews, six children flee from the Germans. Tormented with hunger and fear they are taken in by the Tatar Saide. From this point onwards, she does her utmost to save the children from a cruel fate.

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92 min
Panorama

The Drummer and the Keeper

2018
2017
Ireland
from 15 years
Director: Nick Kelly

Drummer Gabriel wants to see the world burn. His therapist prescribes playing football. Soon, he builds a friendship with Christopher, the autistic goalkeeper. When this friendship is put to the test, Gabriel wants to destroy everything. But there is hope for the outsiders.

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85 min
Panorama

Porcupine Lake

2018
2017
Canada
from 13 years
Director: Ingrid Veninger

While staying at Porcupine Lake in central Canada, 13-year-old Bea transforms from a shrinking violet to a self-assured young girl. Last but not least thanks to her friendship with strong-willed Kate. The imminent divorce of her parents affects her less and less.

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90 min
Animated Film

Mutafukaz

2018
2017
France, Japan
from 16 years
Director: Shojiro Nishimi, Guiliaume Renard

Angelino, a young loser, and his buddy Vinz from notorious Dark Meat City spend their everyday lives with odd jobs, monotonous games and long palaver. One day, they get into a mess. After the seemingly accidental glimpse of a pretty girl and Angelino’s resulting scooter accident everything suddenly falls to pieces.

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76 min
Animated Film

Lila's Book

2018
2017
Colombia, Uruguay
from 8 years
Director: Marcela Rincón González

The children’s book character Lila lives in a fantasy world full of harmony and beauty. Every day she walks through the brightly coloured jungle, plays with animals, swims in the colourful river and enjoys the musical sounds of the bamboo. Lila’s greatest happiness, however, is the tree of dreams, where she feels most comfortable and closest to Ramón, the owner of the book.

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79 min
Animated Film

Captain Morten and the Spider Queen

2018
2018
Estonia, Great Britain, Ireland, Belgium
from 6 years
Director: Riho Unt, Kaspar Jancis, Henry Nicholson

Little Morten lives in a village by the sea and dreams of being a real sailor, just like his father Captain Viks. But as soon as the latter is off to the sea, he leaves his son behind. Morten stays with heartless Anna, who is only interested in the big treasure that Captain Viks may find one day.

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93 min
Animated Film

The Breadwinner

2018
2017
Ireland, Canada, Luxembourg
from 10 years
Director: Nora Twomey

Eleven-year-old Parvana lives in Afghanistan in 2001. The Taliban control the country. Only stories sweeten everyday life. Girls and women have a hard time: they must not leave the house without the company of a man, they must not buy anything, they must not work. When Parvana’s father is arrested under a pretext, the girl is alone with her mother and her siblings.

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85 min
Animated Film

White Fang

2018
2017
Luxembourg, France, USA
from 12 years
Director: Alexandre Espigares

The puppy White Fang, half dog, half wolf, is lovingly raised in the wild by his mother. When she dies, the Indian Grey Beaver takes him to himself and trains him as a sled dog. Soon the strong animal develops into a lead dog. But then Grey Beaver gets into trouble.

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85 min
Youth Film

Winter Flies

2018
2018
Slovakia, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Poland
from 14 years
Director: Olmo Omerzu

Rebellious 14-year-old Mára and Heduš, his somewhat naive and pubescent friend two years his junior, are fed up with rules and duties. Therefore, the teenagers decide to run away from home. According to the motto “you and me against the rest of the world”, they set off in a stolen Audi. They want to experience adventures.

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93 min
Youth Film

The Fall of Sparta

2018
2018
Canada
from 15 years
Director: Tristan Dubois

Is not youth a time of constant struggle, a Greek drama full of little and great heroes? Bookworm Steeve deals with this question in his daydreams. Even his attractive French teacher and especially beautiful classmate Véronique have a place in it. When Steeve embarrasses her ex-boyfriend one day in their sports lesson, hell breaks loose and he becomes the target of the brutal football star.

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115 min
Youth Film

Junior League

2018
2017
Canada
from 15 years
Director: Éric Tessier

18-year-old Janeau Trudel is a popular junior hockey player in his hometown Chicoutimi in the province of Québec. He shares the dream of becoming a member of a professional team with his best friend and team colleague Joey Boulet. When Janeau drives his drunken friend home after a party, he accidentally drives the car into a snowbank.

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105 min
Youth Film

Girl

2018
2018
Belgium, Netherlands
from 16 years
Director: Lukas Dhont

Lara was born in the body of a boy. The 15-year-old has moved to a new city with her father and her little brother. There she joins a ballet school because she wants to become a ballerina. Lara has to train often and hard to achieve this. But in fact, she is to avoid physical exertion, so the doctors can start the gender-adjusting operations she is strongly longing for, because she has not been at peace with herself for a long time.

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102 min
Youth Film

Posesif

2018
2017
Indonesia
from 16 years
Director: Edwin

Lala will soon be 17 and lives in Jakarta with her widowed, loving father, who is also her ambitious, stern coach. High diving plays the biggest role in her life as this is when she can feel closest to her deceased mother. Otherwise, she enjoys her last high school year with her best friends Ega and Rino.

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94 min
Youth Film

She's All That

2018
2018
Kazakhstan, Russia
from 15 years
Director: Abdel Fiftybajew

The street embodies the great school of life for Dan. He is not much interested in textbooks or even girls. His only true love is music and his greatest role model is his late father. While trying to earn some money as a street musician, he is always accompanied by his best friend Baga. He shares most bizarre experiences with him.

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110 min
Junior Film

The Stronghold

2018
2017
Ukraine
from 12 years
Director: Juri Kowaljow (Kovaliov)

Since a traumatic experience of his childhood, Vitko suffers from panic fear of heights. Nevertheless, he is very much interested in the construction of model airplanes. During a school trip to the mountains, Vitko and his best friend Vovchik move away from their group. When a time travel portal opens due to a solar eclipse, Vitko is accidentally beamed into the past.

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102 min
Junior Film

Home Team

2018
2017
Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil
from 11 years
Director: Carlos Morelli

Tito loves football, he actually does not want to do anything else. If only there was no school and no homework. Tito faces grade retention. Although his father supports his sporting ambitions, he does not want to accept the boy’s school results. It is clear to him that football alone cannot secure Tito’s future. One evening, the father is approached by a players’ agent.

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109 min
Youth Film

Shéhérazade

2018
2018
France
from 16 years
Director: Jean-Bernard Marlin

Zachary has barely been able to breathe the air outside prison bars when he is at the point of getting involved in illegal street sales in Marseille. He is only 17 and seems to have learned little from his mistakes. He is rejected by his unemployed mother and is to be transferred to a juvenile centre in Toulon to begin a new life.

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87 min
Youth Film

Find This Dumb Little Bitch and Throw Her Into the River

2018
2017
Netherlands
from 16 years
Director: Ben Brand

15-year-old Remco and his sister, two years his junior, grow up with their father after their mother’s death. He feeds the family by dealing with illegally imported puppies. Locked up in cages in their house, the puppies, who are just a few weeks old, are secretly chipped, vaccinated and photographed for sale on the internet. Remco and Lizzy help him.

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83 min
Youth Film

Pin Cushion

2018
2017
Great Britain
from 16 years
Director: Deborah Haywood

Although Iona is already a teenager, her behavior is often very childish. She lives with her mother, Lyn, and they have a very intimate relationship with each other. They do everything together, from shopping to going to bed. In addition, Iona is Lyn’s only reference person, because she hardly dares to leave the house due to an external blemish.

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79 min
Children´s Film

Pahuna - The Little Visitors

2018
2017
India
from 10 years
Director: Paakhi A. Tyrewala

Violence and conflicts in the Himalayas: The children Amrita and Pranay flee with baby Bishal from their native Nepal to the Indian province of Sikkim. Their parents stay behind and give their offspring into the care of the inhabitants of their mountain village.

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86 min
Children´s Film

The Witch Hunters

2018
2018
Serbia, Macedonia, Rep. of
from 8 years
Director: Rasko Miljkovic

Jovan does not have it easy: He suffers from a congenital muscle disease, therefore he has to train daily and can never move normally. When a new girl named Milica comes into his class and is seated next to him, he gets annoyed. But the two become friends over time and Milica tells Jovan her biggest secret.

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96 min
Junior Film

Meerkat Moonship

2018
2017
South Africa
from 11 years
Director: Hanneke Schutte

The name of Gideonette de la Rey is rumoured to be cursed; at least that’s what the neighbours believe. After the sudden death of Gideonetts father, she moves in with her grandparents, who live in the countryside, and want her to get away from all that has happened. However, appearing as a hairy monster, the curse continues to follow her in her dreams.

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84 min
Junior Film

Edhel

2018
2017
Italy
from 11 years
Director: Marco Renda

After Edhel’s father was killed in a tragic riding accident, Edhel and her mother make a fresh start in another city. However, the weird girl has problems making friend. She absolutely wants to prevent people from noticing her secret, which she hides under her hood. Therefore, she suffers from the teasing of her classmates.

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91 min
Junior Film

Belle and Sebastian, Friends for Life

2018
2017
France
from 11 years
Director: Lovis Cornillac

Belle is now a mother-of-three and Sebastian is 12-years-old. They will have to face a new threat: Joseph, who claims to be Belle's rightful owner. But Sebastian will do all it takes to protect his best friend and her little ones.

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88 min
Junior Film

Gaja's World

2018
2018
Slovenia
from 11 years
Director: Peter K. Bratuša

The world of eleven-year-old, always cheerful Gaja could not be more colorful and exciting at the moment. Her mother Nina surprised the family with her decision to work as a doctor in Liberia for a year. Now Gaja has to teach her father Peter what he has to do as head of the family – i.e. not oversleeping in the morning, preparing breakfast and not forgetting the eggs, driving her and her elder sister Tea to school, taking Gaja to saxophone lessons in the afternoon.

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83 min
Children´s Film

Casper and Emma Put on a Play

2018
2017
Norway
from 5 years
Director: Arne Lindtner Næss, Aurora Gossé

At kindergarten, Casper and Emma hear about an orphanage in India that doesn’t have electricity. The children get a bright idea: They want to raise money for the orphanage by putting on a play about light elves that can light the darkness. Now the process of creating a script, songs, dance, costumes and sets starts. And best of all – all the toys join in!

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72 min
Animated Film

Vitello

2018
2018
Denmark
from 5 years
Director: Dorte Bengtson

Little Vitello is wild and full of crazy ideas. Sometimes he puts all his clothes on inside out, or he tries to hold his toothbrush between his toes when brushing his teeth. Only at night he sometimes sees monsters and is then exceptionally allowed to sleep in his mother’s bed. She is nice, cooks wonderful spaghetti and grants her son many liberties.

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113 min
German Focus

My Brother Simple

2018
2017
Germany
from 12 years
Director: Markus Goller

In the middle of the North Sea tideland a 22-year-old is “on the move” – dressed only in briefs and a jacket, pulling a zinc bath with a plush rabbit behind. It is Barnabas, also called Simpel, mentally handicapped since his birth. He is lovingly cared for by his younger brother Ben.

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111 min
German Focus

The Silent Revolution

2018
2018
Germany
from 13 years
Director: Lars Kraume

Stalinstadt, autumn 1956: On a secret visit to West Berlin, the high school graduates Theo and Kurt watch dramatic pictures of the Hungarian popular uprising in the newsreel. While the term “struggle for freedom” is used here, this uprising is officially called a “counterrevolution against the socialist state power” in the GDR, where hardly any of the Hungarian claims are made public.

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102 min
German Focus

The Most Beautiful Girl in the World

2018
2018
Germany
from 13 years
Director: Aron Lehmann

Cyril has gained some fame at his school – unfortunately only for being “the biggest nose” far and wide. Not even his classmates sense that there is a real rapper behind what they see as an unspectacular façade. One who happens to come off as the winner in the secret battles of his city, who makes the audience scream and amazes the girls.

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77 min
German Focus

Findus Moves Home

2018
2018
Germany
from 5 years
Director: Ali Samadi Ahadi

Findus, the cat, needs a new bed. “The old one has become too small,” says Pettson, while Findus protests: “No, I have grown up!” From now on, the cat only wants to be called “the big cat” and have a say from time to time. And he wants to do dangerous things, like pulling a huge fish out of the water without Pettson’s help, or sleeping alone in a tent.

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90 min
German Focus

Mr. Moll & the Chololate Factory

2018
2017
Switzerland, Germany
from 6 years
Director: Manuel Flurin Hendry

Mr. Moll constantly quarrels with his boss, Mr. Stuss, who wants to squeeze ever higher profits out of the chocolate factory, to the detriment of his employees and especially at the expense of quality. Moll’s children Fritz, Evi and Willy, in turn, are chased and robbed by the Stuss siblings on their way to school every day.

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88 min
German Focus

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

2018
2017
Germany
from 10 years
Director: Frank Stoye

In search of work, destitute Valentin arrives in a town that is currently ravaged by a plague of rats. Shortly afterwards, all the rats have disappeared – through the power of Ambrosius the magician. By chance, he is looking for an apprentice. But at the entrance examination Valentin is tricked by his clever competitor Katrina, and therefore he has to stay with the benign pharmacist Zacharias.

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106 min
German Focus

The Invisibles

2018
2017
Germany
from 15 years
Director: Claus Räfle

The film takes us back to the year 1942: The Second World War has shaken and destroyed Europe for three years already. The Jewish population is deported and killed in Germany and the occupied territories. In Berlin, the capital of the “Third Reich”, however, 7,000 Jews try to hide and stay under the radar of Gestapo, SS and denouncers.

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74 min
German Focus

Supa Modo

2018
2017
Germany, Kenia
from 9 years
Director: Likarion Wainaina

Jo is a girl in Kenya and dreams of a superhero life as „Supa Modo“. But she has cancer and is terminally ill. Her mother Kathryn takes Jo home from the clinic. But Jos big sister Mwix feels that Jo misses the friends from the clinic and their games. Thatʼs why the two secretly make trips to the village.

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99 min
German Focus

How to be Really Bad

2018
2018
Germany
from 11 years
Director: Marco Petry

Lilith, the pubescent daughter of the devil himself, is tired of only tormenting her private teacher in hell. She wants to go out into the world, feel action and prove that she can be really evil. Resignedly, her father gives in. However, Lilith is only allowed to stay among humans for one week. And her father determines the place and the person who she has to make do evil voluntarily.

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90 min
German Focus

Matti and Sami and the Three Biggest Mistakes in the Universe

2018
2017
Germany
from 7 years
Director: Stefan Westerwelle

Although Matti’s father Sulo is from Finland, the family has never been there. So the ten-year-old wishes nothing more than to finally spend the summer in Sulo’s home. But his parents are lacking the necessary money and in addition, Matti’s universe currently seems to have some mistakes.

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103 min
German Focus

The Little Witch

2018
2018
Germany
from 6 years
Director: Michael Schaerer

The little witch hates prohibitions. So she violates all the strict witch rules by secretly making contact with human children, not adhering to the strict Friday witchcraft ban and even planning to fly to the Walpurgis festival on Blocksberg mountain. Although she is far too young for it at her age of 127 years, two months and 22 days!

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110 min
German Focus

Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver

2018
2018
Germany
from 7 years
Director: Dennis Gansel

Jim Button came to Morrowland by accident. No one on the island could explain the origin of the baby that the postman brought in a package one day. Mrs. Whaat has no idea, neither has Mr. Sleeve or the King – and not even Luke, the engine driver, who usually has an answer for everything.

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