25th International

Film Festival

for Children and Young Audience

12 – 18 OCT 2020
97 min
Junior Film
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Cry of Silence

2019
Russia
from 13 years

Winter of 1942, during the siege of Leningrad: adolescent Katya lost her parents in the war and has to fight her way through the times of hunger and cold all by herself. There are air raid alarms every night; and there is nobody to stand by her in the air-raid shelter. When the sirens howl once again, a bundle with three-year-old Mitya is thrust into her hands. Katya takes the half-famished boy to the shelter. Mitya was left behind by his mother during the evacuation. Katya does not have the heart to take the delicate boy, who does not speak a word, to the overcrowded children's home. She calls him Seryozha and passes him off as her brother. Like a mother, she takes care of the little one, fearlessly wins an apartment for both of them, gets a stove and food stamps. At the hospital Katya meets wounded captain Alyosha. Alyosha has just learned that his little son died while he was fighting in the war. Now he lovingly cares for the children, torn apart by fatherly feelings and the painful memories of his boy...

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91 min
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Halvdan - Almost a Viking

2018
Sweden
from 11 years

East village and West village used to be united. A wise tribal chief led the two villages, which are separated by a gorge, to considerable prosperity. Both sides have essential goods so they can only survive together. But after their father’s death, two sons fought for supremacy and separated the two halves of the village. The bridge over the gorge was torn down and contacts were broken off. Now East village particularly suffers from food shortage. Halvdan grows up there. He is a limping and quiet boy, the old blacksmith’s grandson. During his lonely forays through the forest he meets Meia, a wild girl who he cannot get out of his head. When he learns that she is the West village chief’s daughter, they secretly begin to empty the storeroom and smuggle food to the East side. But their friendship does not remain unnoticed and stirs up old conflicts.

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83 min
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Here My Village

2019
Iran (Islamic Republic of)
from 11 years

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. He is enthusiastic about the photographs, but his mother thinks it is all nonsense. It is more important that he tends the sheep and takes care of the family as a prospective husband. But his passion for photography has been awakened: Farhad secretly tries to scrape up money for a small digital camera and stops at nothing. His mother is desperate and fears that he will ruin her. But with every beautiful photograph that Farhad takes and hangs on the walls of the house, her reservations dwindle. His next step is writing an e-mail to the editors of the fashion magazine – the outcome, however, is uncertain.

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103 min
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I, the Sunshine

2019
Mongolia
from 11 years

In three episodes, the film tells a family story between tradition and modernity. The father grew up in a small village in the Mongolian mountains. Humble circumstances, but also a strong community shaped his childhood. His family was the first to own a television. But when they invite the village community, all they see and hear is white noise. When they try to repair it, the boy shows his talent as a future engineer. The mother, on the other hand, grew up in a town and was supposed to pursue a career as a snake woman. She struggles with the shadow lying over her family: her mother is depressed and apathetic; her father is absent because he provides for the family through a job abroad. In the third part, the viewer gets to know their son. He grows up surrounded by the wealth his parents had to earn, and he spends his time playing video games. Only a computer mouse that has become human rouses him from his fantasy world.

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90 min
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Kings of Mulberry Street

2019
South Africa
from 12 years

Welcome to Mulberry Street in Durban, South Africa. A small Indian community has been living there for decades. Actually a very nice and safe place – provided you adapt or are protected. Harold Baboo and his father Dev Singh have to learn this the hard way when they move from Johannesburg to Durban after the mother died. They are threatened by infamous gangster Raja. At the same time Baboo meets Ticky, the boy next door, and his family. Ticky is wild, cheeky and lives in a dream world. His great role models are the heroes from Bollywood movies. Baboo on the other hand is rather introverted, well educated and studies a lot. Ticky comes from a poor background, Baboo from a wealthy family. They could not be more dissimilar. Nevertheless, they befriend each other and discover their common passion for freaky adventures. But the biggest one is yet to come. Like their movie heroes, full of courage and with an extra portion of humor, they take on the fight against nasty gangster Raja. But the hard reality of life is not a Bollywood movie.

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105 min
Junior Film
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Of Loves and Lies

2019
France
from 11 years

Théo’s nickname means ant: A nimble creature with amazing powers – and he has this name for a good reason. Although quite small for his age, as a soccer player he is the guarantor of success for his team. His talent is promoted by his coach, even the talent scout of a famous English team will come to watch the young football players in the French province. Suddenly, even Théo’s father takes an interest in him: the alcoholic molester has not achieved anything since the separation from his mother. He hopes to accompany his son to England, thus regaining prestige and money as a player dad, and therefore begins to turn his life upside down. Théo is happy about the new courage of his finally sober father and about the time he can spend with him. To keep it all that way, the English football club simply has to sign him up – if necessary with a few tricks.

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85 min
Junior Film
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Running to the Sky

2019
Kyrgyzstan
from 11 years

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. Encouraged by his grandparents and friends, Jekshen takes part in his first race – with success. But even this newly discovered passion cannot solve his everyday problems. Then Jekshen learns about a traditional race in which a toddler is shackled in footcuffs. The first runner who reaches the child is allowed to cut the footcuffs open. According to Kyrgyz tradition, the child is blessed from now on and will be able to overcome every obstacle in life. Hoping for a better future, Jekshen decides to take part in the race and finally free himself from his own ‘shackles’.

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103 min
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Spread Your Wings

2019
France
from 11 years

Even the thought of a holiday with his father in Provence triggers discomfort and defiance in Thomas. After the separation of his parents, the “crazy” scientist is rather embarrassing to him. His worst nightmares come true when it turns out that there is hardly any network coverage in this rural area and therefore no chance of playing exciting computer games. His father may try very hard to get the boy enthusiastic about his research projects, but what is so fascinating about how a few birds get from A to B? It takes time for Thomas to understand what his father’s idea is all about: He teaches orphaned goslings that they have to follow a certain flight pattern to survive and find enough food in the different seasons. But this is not so easy, because the animals have to be influenced by humans before they can recognise them as “teachers”. And here finally comes the boy’s chance to have a very special experience: Since he is present when the goslings hatch, they recognise him as a “mother”. Now all he needs is a suitable flying device, and the adventurous journey can begin.

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100 min
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The Legend of the Christmas Witch

2018
Italy, Spain
from 11 years

Paola seems to be a pretty, caring teacher who lives a normal life. However, she has a big secret: at night she turns into hook-nosed Christmas witch Befana who brings children presents riding on her broom. For 500 years, this has been her task which she loves more than anything else despite the stress. The children and their secret desires mean the world to her. Due to a turbulent mistake Paola is filmed riding her broom at night and now everyone knows that Befana really exists. To make matters worse, vengeful toy maker Mr. Johnny takes advantage of this knowledge and kidnaps her. By chance, her student Riccardo witnesses this kidnapping and drums five of his classmates up to free their teacher. They bravely get on their bicycles and set off together on a long and rugged road to Mr. Johnny. But it is not that easy and fighting is inevitable. The rescue squad has to patch things up and overcome all differences. This is the only way to save Paola/Befana and the Christmas festival. But they have no idea how difficult this rescue mission is going to be.

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