25th International

Film Festival

for Children and Young Audience

12 – 18 OCT 2020
104 min
Children´s Film
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A Wizard Called Rye

2018
Czech Republic
from 8 years

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. Even the princess likes clever Žito, but he is a thorn in the side of evil governor Neklan. In the meantime, all hell has broken loose. Demon Filiština has been watching the young man since his childhood and has fallen in love with him over the years. She would love to drag almost heavenly Žito into devilish abysses. She comes up with an idea: if she equips him with magic powers that enable him to do justice to everyone in the kingdom, power will corrupt him in the end. Žito's heart is put to a demonic test by the dark forces.

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93 min
Children´s Film
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All I Want for Christmas

2018
Denmark
from 8 years

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. When Lucia wins the Christmas lottery and one wish has to be fulfilled, she insists on being admitted into Santa class. The headmaster is horrified. Together with the council of elders he finds a trick to prevent this. There has just been an accident in the Danish town of Viborg. Albert’s father, an archaeologist, was attacked by a wild animal or perhaps even by evil Krampus in a cave, and he has been suffering from a mysterious disease ever since. If Lucia manages to heal Albert's father before the next Christmas meeting and thereby makes the boy happy, she will be allowed to join Santa class. So Lucia is bound and determined to fly into the human world...

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90 min
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Binti

2019
Belgium, Netherlands
from 9 years

Born in Congo, twelve-year-old Binti and her father Jovial have been living illegally in Belgium for many years. Binti feels like a Belgian and dreams of becoming a popular vlogger, such as her idol Tatyana. Binti also has a video blog and regularly fills it with funny shots of her everyday life, which is suddenly disturbed when once again she and her father have to flee from the police. She discovers a tree house in a forest and hides in it. The tree house belongs to Elias and is the headquarters of his “Save the Okapis” club, for which the eleven-year-old urgently needs members and donations. When Binti suggests that she can set up a club vlog and make videos, Elias is thrilled and takes Binti to his home. Elias lives with his mother Christine after his father left the family. Soon Binti and Elias become close friends and Christine and Jovial get to know each other. The children feverishly work on the new vlog, but the clever girl secretly pursues yet another plan.

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110 min
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Bori

2018
South Korea
from 10 years

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. In a taxi she has to sit in the front seat and show the driver the way while her mother and brother can cuddle up in the back seat. “Why was I born as a person who is different from my family?”, Bori wonders again and again, wishing for nothing more than to be deaf as well. When she sees an older diver on TV, who has become deaf because of her long underwater stays, Bori wants to take things into her own hands. Again and again she puts her head into the washbasin filled with water. As this does not help, she plunges off a cliff into the sea. She regains consciousness only in a clinic and pretends she cannot hear anymore. A difficult path full of secretiveness begins...

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83 min
Children´s Film
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Casper and Emma Go Treasure Hunting

2018
Norway
from 5 years

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. As children, the two of them spent their holidays together on the island, but unfortunately, they lost sight of each other afterwards. Now Emma and Casper find their memorabilia in the box: a tromp, a coin, some shells and a mysterious message leading to a treasure. Of course, the children have to solve this mystery! Miss Rabbit and Lion Cub help them. The treasure hunt leads the four to the lighthouse, an ice-cream parlour, a rock by the sea and a boathouse. Again and again Emma and Casper discover new signs that show them the way to the treasure. The children and their stuffed animals get into dangerous situations, which they can only master together and with a lot of courage.

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80 min
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Emma

2019
Mexico, Spain
from 9 years

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” – Many young girls would probably answer this question with “princess or ballerina”. But ever since Emma was hit in the face by a ball during her communion, she has been firmly convinced that she will become a ‘saint’. Neither the nuns of her Catholic school, nor her parents can dissuade her from this idea. One day Andrés joins her class. He is not interested in faith and religion. Emma is flabbergasted and sees him as her first mission. In order to make friends with him, her football-mad dad teaches her how to play, so she even makes it into the girls’ team. During a visit to a stadium Emma realises that she can influence the game in favour of her favourite team by praying. In her everyday life as well, she notices that more and more situations develop according to her ideas, if she asks God for it. But this also has consequences. Emma has to learn that as a saint she cannot arrange everything according to her wishes and convince everyone of her faith.

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90 min
Children´s Film
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Phantom Owl Forest

2018
Estonia
from 7 years

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. Together with her new friends, including a sophisticated nature photographer, she wants to protect the animal because evil Raivo threatens to cut down his part of the forest. Only if Eia and her friends manage to photograph the rare bird they will have a proof they can present to the nature conservation authority. But the phantom owl secret is not the only one Eia reveals during her Christmas holidays. What separates her father and grandfather to such an extent they still cannot talk to each other? Eia realises that being able to condone disappointments now and then can be a great opportunity.

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96 min
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The Home in the Tree

2018
China
from 9 years

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. He is a teaser, takes it easy and prefers splashing around to swotting. His parents and teachers do not like his attitude and his poor marks. But when young teacher Ms Wen comes to his school, the class clown’s life changes. She sees him as a creative boy who needs assurance in order to develop his talents. She encourages him and gives him responsibility. His marks improve and he even wins an award. But when Ms Wen’s boyfriend shows up, Ba-Wang is seized by jealousy – and this has serious consequences.

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