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27th International Film Festival

for Children and Young Audience

8 – 15 OCT 2022

Clara and the Secret of the Bears


Original title: Clara und das Geheimnis der Bären
German title: Clara und das Geheimnis der Bären
Trailer
93 min
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2012
Switzerland, Germany
from 9 years
Direction: Tobias Ineichen
Script: nach dem Roman «Het vervloekte huis» von Marian van der Heiden, Tobias Ineichen, Jan Poldervaart
Cast: Roeland Wiesnekker, Ricarda Zimmerer, Damian Hardung, Elena Uhlig, Rifka Fehr

SCHLINGEL Year

2014 | German Focus


Additional Information
Camera
Michael Schreitel
Cut
Mike Schaerer
Music
Fabian Römer
Production
Zürich HesseGreutert Film, München NEOS Film

Clara is 13 and lives with her mother Nina and her stepfather John on a remote mountain farm in the Swiss Alps. One day she meets twelve-year-old Thomas. He was transferred from an urban youth center to the mountain village for disciplinary reasons and lives with a host family at the moment. The two outsiders get on very well and become really good friends. One morning nature-loving Clara spots a little bear on a summer pasture and feels even to hear its mother. She assumes this is the son of mother bear Zelda shot dead by poachers a year ago. But nobody in the village believes her. Then suddenly building workers on the farm discover an old girls’ shoe, which allows Clara to make contact with Susanna in a supernatural way. The strange thing is: Susanna is 13 too and used to live on the same farm 200 years ago. At that time, her father wanted to sell a small bear, which he had caught, but Susanna rebelled against him to save the unborn child of her pregnant mother. In fact, the valley is under a curse, the “curse of the bearess”: Those wishing the bears evil would be punished. Clara has a presentiment of danger threatening the farm, her family and the ecological balance. But will she find someone who believes her?