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27th International Film Festival

for Children and Young Audience

8 – 15 OCT 2022

The Shoes That Were Danced to Pieces

Original title: Die zertanzten Schuhe
German title: Die zertanzten Schuhe
60 min
from 7 years
Direction: Wolfgang Eißler
Script: Gabriele Kreis, nach einem Märchen der Gebrüder Grimm
Cast: Andreas Schmidt, Dieter Hallervorden, Inez Björg David, Carlo Ljubek


2011 | German Focus

Additional Information
Production GmbH, MDR

“He should govern and not ruin,” say the people about their king. For King Charles does not rule, he mourns. He has been mourning for the past ten years. So not only the people in his kingdom suffer, but also his twelve daughters. Only at night, when they mysteriously disappear and dance their silver shoes to pieces, the princesses are happy. Resentful and upset, the king promises his kingdom and the hand of a princess to the one who can solve the girls’ mystery. After some men have already failed and therefore lost their lives, now the poor puppeteer Anton has a try. Actually, he has fallen in love with one of the sisters, the beautiful Amanda. With lots of wit and the help of a black cat he dares to try solving the puzzle. This TV movie is based on a fairytale by the Brothers Grimm and was produced as part of the ARD fairytale series commissioned by the MDR and will be shown in this year's Christmas program.