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26th International Film Festival

for Children and Young Audience

9 – 16 OCT 2021
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Trailer
67 min
Animated Film

Bamse and the Thunder Bell

2019
2018
Sweden
from 6 years
Director: Christian Ryltenius

Bamse is the kindest bear in the city and – thanks to thunder honey – also the strongest. He is a superhero, so to speak. Grandmother Bear prepares the thunder honey from magic thunder bell flowers. Grandfather once brought them with him from an expedition. He supposedly also found a treasure at that time.

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Trailer
110 min
German Focus

Red Bracelets – The Beginning

2019
2019
Germany
from 10 years
Director: Felix Binder

The story behind the TV series: Six young people – all seriously ill – form the Red Bracelets Club at Albertus Clinic in Cologne. First there is Leo, a life-affirming, happy teenager who loves to play on the football ground. But unbearable pains in his leg force him to see a doctor. He is diagnosed with bone cancer and has to undergo chemotherapy.

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90 min
Panorama

The Orphanage

2019
2019
Denmark, Germany, France, Luxembourg, Afghanistan, Qatar
from 15 years
Director: Shahrbanoo Sadat

Afghanistan in the early 1990s: the country is still governed by the Soviet Union instead of Islamism. Street boy Qodrat is sent to an orphanage, where his everyday life consists of school, Bollywood dreams and true friendship. But threats and violence are omnipresent here as well.

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80 min
Panorama

Let Him Be a Basketball Player 2

2019
2019
Slovenia
from 11 years
Director: Boris Bezić

Two years have passed since lanky Ranta became the celebrated basketball star of his school. In the meantime, he and his mate Smodlak have to meet new challenges. An important national game must not be lost. And there are love problems too.

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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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90 min
German Focus

Snow White and the Magic of the Dwarves

2019
2019
Germany, Czech Republic
from 8 years
Director: Ngo The Chau

After her father’s death, little Snow White is completely at the mercy of her self-loving stepmother. The queen, who wants to be the most beautiful woman in the whole country, has the graceful girl locked up in a tower so no one can see her anymore. But the older Snow White becomes, the more rebellious she is.

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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
German Focus

My Life as Lotta - Bingo Flamingo!

2019
2019
Germany
from 9 years
Director: Neele Leana Vollmar

Lotta Petermann is eleven, has two parents and two brothers. This sounds quite normal, but it is not. Mother Sabine likes special offers and now works in the meditation studio of crazy Heiner Krishna. Father Rainer is a teacher and loves nothing more than his peace and quiet. And he is jealous of Krishna. The two stupid brothers run around the house all day, while Heester, the turtle, always stands in the way like an inverted bowl.

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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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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
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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Trailer
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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Trailer
90 min
Panorama

The Last Color

2019
2019
India, USA
from 14 years
Director: Vikas Khanna

Chhoti is a street child and wants to go to school. She therefore saves money with her friend Chintu. When he disappears with their rupees, the girl seeks shelter with the widow Noor. Since both belong to the caste of the ‘untouchables’, their everyday life is marked by injustices.

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Trailer
92 min
German Focus

Scent of Oranges

2019
2019
Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia
from 12 years
Director: Ivan Pokorný

Darek lives in a Czech village in the border triangle of the Czech Republic, Poland and Germany, where he attends the 9th form. After his mother’s death, he has to look after his eight-year-old, mentally handicapped sister Ema and his father, who has difficulty coping with the loss of his wife and is increasingly seeking consolation in alcohol.

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Trailer
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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Trailer
104 min
Youth Film

Broken Mirrors

2019
2018
Israel
from 15 years
Director: Imri Matalon, Aviad Givon

Ariella drinks and smokes like other teenage girls. But this is frowned upon in Israel. Her father is an army officer and reacts with a firm hand to his older daughter’s dissolute lifestyle. He humiliates her by having her spend the night outside the house after she returned home late. Anger is mounting in Ariella due to this injustice.

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81 min
German Focus

Latte and the Magic Waterstone

2019
2019
Germany, Belgium
from 7 years
Director: Regina Welker, Nina Wels

The forest animals suffer from a terrible water shortage. Their brook has dried up and now, to make matters worse, hedgehog girl Latte and Tjum the squirrel have broken the pumpkin, which contained their last water supplies, in a fight. Bear king Bantur is to blame for the drought because he stole the magic water stone. Well, this is what tousled Korp the raven claims. Nobody in the forest believes him, except hedgehog girl Latte.

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Trailer
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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136 min
Panorama

Let Me Fall

2019
2018
Iceland, Finland
from 16 years
Director: Baldvin Z

You are young, you are fearless, and the world lies at your feet. You have cool friends called Stella and Toni, but more and more often also cocaine or heroin. And you do everything for your friends: rob men, destroy your family, throw away your life. Is there a way out? Maybe!

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Trailer
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
91 min
Junior Film

Halvdan - Almost a Viking

2019
2018
Sweden, Germany
from 11 years
Director: Gustaf Åkerblom

East village and West village used to be united. A wise tribal chief led the two villages, which are separated by a gorge, to considerable prosperity. Both sides have essential goods so they can only survive together. But after their father’s death, two sons fought for supremacy and separated the two halves of the village. The bridge over the gorge was torn down and contacts were broken off.

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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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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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Trailer
87 min
Panorama

The Opera Kids

2019
2018
Singapore
from 8 years
Director: Raymond Tan

Open spends his school days drawing. His father, a teacher working at his school, cares for him lovingly, but his mother is unable to cope with him. However, the autistic boy slowly opens up when outgoing Bao Er joins his class and wants to become his girlfriend.

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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
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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100 min
Youth Film

VS.

2019
2018
UK
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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83 min
Children´s Film

Casper and Emma Go Treasure Hunting

2019
2018
Norway
from 5 years
Director: Arne Lindtner Naess, Aurora Langaas Gossé

Emma visits her grandparents at their summer house by the sea, together with her best friend Casper and the stuffed animals Miss Rabbit and Lion Cub. On the very first day the children go to the beach and make an exciting discovery. While building sand castles they dig up an old tin box with the initials A and J, which once belonged to grandfather Jørgen and his friend Alfred.

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Trailer
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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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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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
75 min
German Focus

The Elfkins - Baking a Difference

2019
2019
Germany
from 5 years
Director: Ute von Münchow-Pohl

For 200 years the Elfkins have been living under the pavement of Cologne. To this day, they have not forgotten the sneaky act of the curious seamstress with her peas. “Humans are mean, ungrateful and far too tall” say the Elfkins, preferring to accept darkness. But cheeky, somewhat chaotic Elfkin girl Helvi finds it pitch-dark and dead boring down there.

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90 min
Children´s Film

Phantom Owl Forest

2019
2018
Estonia
from 7 years
Director: Anu Aun

Eia is disappointed: her parents are very busy and have no time for her, even at Christmas. Instead, they send the ten-year-old to her grandfather, who lives in an eerie forest and whom she has never met before. But instead of becoming a horror story, Eia’s Christmas holidays become a fairy tale: legendary phantom owl lives in the forest.

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Trailer
92 min
German Focus

Double Trouble and the Magical Mirror

2019
2019
Germany
from 8 years
Director: Marcus H. Rosenmüller

Gesa, Frido’s mother, does not like losers. Unfortunately, the ten-year-old boy just feels like a loser, at least at school. His teacher, Mrs. Klawitter, does not want to give him a recommendation for grammar school secondary education because he is said to be much too playful and first has to learn “to write his numbers into the boxes”.

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Trailer
86 min
Panorama

The Day of Chocolate

2019
2018
Poland
from 10 years
Director: Jacek Piotr Bławut

When silent Monika moves into the neighbouring house in her hula costume, David immediately makes friends with her. Both have a longing for a loved person who has left them, and both have a secret wish. Can the magic clock and the time hopper help them?

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Trailer
95 min
German Focus

Invisible Sue

2019
2018
Germany, Luxembourg
from 10 years
Director: Markus Dietrich

Susanne is twelve and dreamy. In her spare time she escapes into her comic’s world. She wants to be a superhero herself, a superhero named Sue! In reality, however, Sue has the feeling of not being noticed by anyone, of being almost invisible to the conceited girls from her class, but mainly to her mother Maria. She is an ambitious scientist who only has her research on her mind.

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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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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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