25th International

Film Festival

for Children and Young Audience

12 – 18 OCT 2020
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97 min
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A Story 'bout Love

2018
Germany
from 16 years

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. To his chagrin, however, Gregor wants to open a service station instead of taking over the farm as planned. Again and again there are heated disputes about this situation, until the Bacher farmer gives in. He will help Gregor out with money if Maria marries and thus ensures a “proper” continuation of the farm. Hannes, influential Zeiserer’s son, is supposed to take on the role of the new farmer. But Maria refuses. She feels quite capable of running a farm herself, and she passionately loves someone else. When Maria becomes pregnant, a catastrophe begins.

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93 min
German Focus
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Alfons Jitterbit – Countdown to Chaos

2019
Germany
from 7 years

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, who are depicted on the huge poster hanging in his room and whom he tells all his worries. When a competition “for inventions that are groundbreaking for our aviation vision of the future” is announced at school, Alfons knows what to do. Together with his best friend Benni and his new classmate Emilia he wants to construct a water rocket and win the competition. But as always, there are some obstacles in the way of the unlucky boy. Not only does nasty Nico steal his idea, headmistress Dr. Girzig and class teacher Flickendorf give Alfons a hard time after a “little chemical accident”.

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92 min
German Focus
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Double Trouble and the Magical Mirror

2019
Germany
from 8 years

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”. But Gesa absolutely wants Frido to attend grammar school next school year and imposes even more tuition on her son. So the promise of a mysterious mirror, which he discovered in the magic labyrinth of a funfair, to provide him with a “perfect self”, is very seductive. Frido tries it out and indeed, there is a true reflection of himself, just properly combed and very polite, extending his hand to him. As soon as Frido touches the hand, the boy appears next to him. From now on his mirror image goes to school, brings home excellent marks and amazes Mrs. Klawitter. However, the double also wants to call Gesa “mum” and gain her affection. When Frido’s best friend Emil also wants to have a perfect image – one that is cheeky and courageous –, things start to get rather complicated.

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86 min
German Focus
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Fritzi - A Revolutionary Tale

2019
Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany
from 7 years

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. Now school has just started again and the new, strict class teacher Mrs Liesegang, who is loyal to the regime, does not allow any conversations about Sophie’s absence. On the contrary, she considers ‘desertion from the republic’ a crime. She also constantly discriminates against Bela, the new classmate, just because he is not a member of the pioneer organisation and his father is involved in the peace movement. When Sophie calls from Hungary and tells her that she will definitely not be returning to Leipzig, Fritzi takes a momentous decision: the twelve-year-old wants to travel to Hungary to take Sputnik to Sophie. After this failed, she intends to cross the strictly guarded border to the West during her school trip. And Bela, to whom Fritzi confides her secret, is to help her...

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95 min
German Focus
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Invisible Sue

2018
Germany, Luxembourg
from 10 years

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. Only Christoph, her father, understands Sue and her daydreams. When they both want to congratulate Maria on her birthday in the laboratory, an accident occurs. Sue comes into contact with a mysterious liquid and suddenly becomes invisible. But the new superpower soon turns out to be extremely dangerous because her mother Maria is kidnapped and Sue is no longer safe either. Together with stubborn boffin App and her new classmate Tobi, superhero Sue wants to unravel the secret of Maria’s research project and, above all, hunt down the dangerous kidnappers.

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81 min
German Focus
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Latte and the Magic Waterstone

2019
Germany, Belgium
from 7 years

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. She courageously embarks on a dangerous search for the water stone to bring it back to the White Mountain summit. Fearful Tjum secretly follows her because he has a guilty conscience and is worried about Latte. The two experience many dicey adventures. They have to escape from a mordacious lynx and greedy wolves and almost die of thirst. In spite of the many dangers that are all around, the two very dissimilar animal children come into conflict again and again. Until they finally face giant bear king Bantur and his cronies...

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82 min
German Focus
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My Extraordinary Summer with Tess

2019
Germany, Netherlands
from 8 years

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 – by means of a secret solitude training: at first two hours a day, four hours the next day, and even ten hours a day at the end of the short holiday. On the other hand, Sam is happy whenever he can roam the island with self-confident, chaotic Tess. But there is something wrong with her. She constantly wants to visit her holiday guests Hugo and Elise and imposes herself on them. Maybe Tess is in love with Hugo? When Sam wants to confront her, Tess tells him who Hugo really is. Of course, now Sam has to help his girlfriend to sort things out. There is no time left for the solitude training, let alone for his family, who want to enjoy their holidays with him.

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94 min
German Focus
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My Life as Lotta - Bingo Flamingo!

2019
Germany
from 9 years

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. Luckily Lotta has her best friend Cheyenne. But Cheyenne is not that normal either. Lotta has formed a gang with her and Paul, the best pupil in class: The wild rabbits. The three rabbits do go wild when their conceited classmate Berenike and her glamour girls, or rather “lambs” girls, show up. All the more, when Berenike announces that there will be a big party on Saturday. Everyone from school is invited, and so is Paul. Lotta and Cheyenne, however, are not invited. Of course, the two wild rabbits do not want to put up with that. They have six days to make sure they can still come after all.

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110 min
German Focus
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Red Bracelets – The Beginning

2019
Germany
from 10 years

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. Toni is different from the teenagers of his age. His father cannot cope with this, so Toni moves in with his grandpa. However, the understanding old man cannot replace a friend. Jonas has been harassed by his brother for years and does not know how to defend himself. Alex is very disappointed by his father, while Emma wants to please her dad. Hugo, the youngest, is really brave once in his life. But jumping from the ten-meter diving tower has serious consequences. There are six young people, six different fates. Soon they will all meet at Albertus Clinic.

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101 min
German Focus
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Rocca

2019
Germany
from 9 years

“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. Now he has set off on his first mission into space – to heaven, as he says, to meet Rocca’s mother. Rocca therefore is to stay with her grandmother Dodo in Hamburg for a while. She is received quite dismissively there as Dodo has not overcome the fact that she lost her daughter because of Rocca. So her granddaughter cannot talk about her adventures or about Klichko, her sick squirrel. The nimble animal frightens her grandmother to much an extent she accidentally falls and is taken to hospital. Now Rocca has to master her life in the villa all by herself. But that's not all: the fearless girl begins to fight for justice at school and in the streets of Hamburg.

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92 min
German Focus
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Scent of Oranges

2019
Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia
from 12 years

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. But that’s not all: Darek has to fight a running battle with his former friend Hugo on a daily basis. Hugo seizes every opportunity to harass him and defenseless Ema. But then the summer also brings rays of hope into his life. Uli, his father’s friend, wants to feed and sell sick horses that have become useless for their owners on their land. Darek takes a liking to the “angels who give people wings” and dreams of opening a stud farm later. One day, 15-yearold Hanna comes to their farm to have Darek build a circuit for her school. Hanna is open and direct and beguilingly smells of oranges. Enchanted by the scent of oranges Darek is having a wonderful time, which suddenly ends at the end of the summer holidays...

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90 min
German Focus
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Snow White and the Magic of the Dwarves

2019
Germany, Czech Republic
from 8 years

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. Again and again she flees from her tower room and secretly helps the old blacksmith at his work. There she meets Prince Kilian, who immediately falls in love with the cheeky girl.
When the court urgently needs money, the queen forges out a diabolical plan. In order to secure the financial support of rich count Sebalt, she wants to marry Snow White to this vain man. But when the bride is introduced, the entire court is fascinated by Snow White’s beauty and has only eyes for the princess. Beside herself with rage, the queen demands that her brother Gilig kill the unsuspecting girl. In the deepest forest, Snow White is rescued by seven dwarves, while Prince Kilian searches for the supposed blacksmith’s assistant.

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102 min
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Swimming

2018
Germany
from 14 years

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. They take advantage of one of Elisa’s fits to shoot a compromising video. Fortunately, her classmate Anthea arrives on the scene and saves the new kid in class. Anthea is the exact opposite of Elisa: beautiful, self-confident and fearless. She also sets the tone as the two become friends and hang out together every day. Together with Anthea’s older brother, they go out clubbing in Berlin and play a game: everything they do together has to be filmed on a mobile phone. Later, they secretly record their classmates who used to bully Elisa and share the videos. Soon the filming of humiliation videos develops into a compulsion that becomes highly dangerous for the girls and for all those who get in their way.

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75 min
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The Elfkins - Baking a Difference

2019
Germany
from 5 years

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. She would love to learn a real trade in the human world. Especially when she finds a picture of a man with a garden gnome. Human beings cannot be that bad! When Helvi secretly sets off, she is surprised by good-natured Butz and annoying Elfkin boy Kipp. They join her – one voluntarily, the other enforcedly. After arriving in the human world, the three meet bad-tempered confectioner Theo, who used to be well known for his homemade cathedral tartlets and is now facing bankruptcy. When Helvi nibbles on the tartlets, she immediately knows that she wants to become a cake baker and help Theo out of his misery.

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86 min
German Focus
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Too Far Away

2019
Germany
from 10 years

Together with his parents and his older sister Isa, almost twelveyear-old Ben has to leave his home village because Niederkirchbach will soon be eaten up by a huge brown coal opencast mine. His only consolation is the Düren football team, for which he, a gifted striker, has already registered. In his new school, however, Ben is stamped as being an outsider. The fact that the other “newcomer”, a Syrian refugee boy named Tariq, belongs even less to the class does not comfort Ben. Especially since Tariq unintentionally competes with him on the football field with his “moves”, his football tricks. But then Ben, who secretly wants to go to his old village, discovers Tariq all alone at the train station. At first Tariq denies everything, but later Ben learns that the Syrian boy lives in a children’s home. His parents are still in a camp in Turkey, his brother Kheder has disappeared during the flight. Now Ben’s jealousy is blown away. He senses how the Syrian refugee boy feels and shows Tariq his greatest secret: the abandoned home village.

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