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26th International Film Festival

for Children and Young Audience

9 – 16 OCT 2021
 
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82 min
German Focus

My Extraordinary Summer with Tess

2019
2019
Netherlands, Germany
from 8 years
Director: Steven Wouterlood

A week’s holiday with the family by the sea! For Sam, it is a week full of mystery, happiness and sadness. He is greatly saddened by the thought that his parents and his older brother Jorre will die one day. Probably even before him because Sam is the youngest of the family. So he prepares himself for this painful moment.

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93 min
Children´s Film

All I Want for Christmas

2019
2018
Denmark
from 8 years
Director: Christian Dyekjær

Lucia is a very special girl. Her father Julius is the Danish Santa Claus and Lucia later wants to follow in his footsteps. Unfortunately, she as a girl is not allowed to become Santa Claus. Although Lucia attends International Christmas School, she has to learn to knit socks and bake instead of climbing through chimneys like the boys.

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101 min
German Focus

Rocca

2019
2019
Germany
from 9 years
Director: Katja Benrath

“If I was afraid of something, would it do any good?” asks adventurous, always cheerful Rocca. The eleven-year-old does not let anyone talk her into anything; she only trusts her mind and her heart. The girl, whose mother died during childbirth, grew up in the ESA Space Centre in Kazakhstan, where her father was trained as an astronaut.

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97 min
Panorama

Hacker

2019
2019
Denmark, Sweden
from 11 years
Director: Poul Berg

Benjamin is a computer genius, lives in an orphanage and has recently been visited by the Danish secret service. They tell the shocked 13-year-old that his mother, who allegedly died in an accident, is still alive. And she is not the only one hunted by the Ministry of Defence.

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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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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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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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80 min
Panorama

Harajuku

2019
2018
Norway
from 15 years
Director: Eirik Svensson

Vilde is 15 years old, loves Japanese comics and has a depressed mother. Instead of being at home, she hangs out with her friends in the centre of Oslo. Shortly before Christmas Eve, youth welfare agents suddenly appear at her door bringing a terrible message. Vilde spontaneously plans to flee to Japan.

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111 min
Youth Film

Psychobitch

2019
2019
Norway
from 14 years
Director: Martin Lund

Marius is a reliable guy: he is popular, never misses his cross-country training, and his father always praises him to the skies. Even when he makes the selfish suggestion that they can form learning groups of two students each, he does everything right. However, instead of working with Lea, the most popular girl in class, Marius is assigned crazy ‘psychobitch’ Frida by his teacher.

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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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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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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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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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104 min
Children´s Film

A Wizard Called Rye

2019
2018
Czech Republic
from 8 years
Director: Zdeněk Zelenka

Orphan Žito grows up well cared for by an old farmwoman. She shares her wisdom with him and teaches him to be an honest young man with a pronounced sense of justice. When he, like all young men, is conscripted to perform military service as a soldier at the royal court, he quickly reaches his moral limits. He secretly uses his task as a tax collector to free the citizens from the taxes.

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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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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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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
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
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
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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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
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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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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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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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
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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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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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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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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