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26th International

Film Festival

for Children and Young Audience

9 – 16 OCT 2021
Trailer
102 min
Panorama
Dates

150 Million Magical Sparrows

2019
India
from 10 years

Human traffickers roam the villages, recruit impoverished families and their children under false promises and sell the children as child slaves in the city. Nine-year-old Jhalki does all she can to free her brother from their clutches and does not let anyone stop her.

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87 min
Panorama
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Clara

2019
Ukraine
from 6 years

The newborn, light blue baby dragon has magical powers to make the world more colourful. Therefore, a magician has the little dragon kidnapped. But luckily, dwarf Alfred, a good-natured raccoon and fairylike Clara get in the way of the evil magician.

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90 min
Youth Film
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Eden

2020
Finland
from 15 years

The group of teenagers could not be more different, but all of them have little desire to go to a religious summer camp. Before their confirmation, they are to form their own small congregation and discuss the biblical paradise for a week in the countryside. Older, easy-going Juhani and young, fundamentalist Tiina are the leading pastors.

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75 min
Youth Film
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Life Without Sara Amat

2019
Spain
from 14 years

Pep is 13. As every year, he spends his holidays in his grandmother's house in the country. There he meets again with his friends, who stir up the small town in the summertime. The gang includes Sara, who Pep is madly in love with. Every night the youngsters meet to play hide and seek or spin the bottle.

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90 min
Youth Film
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Lola

2019
Belgium, France
from 16 years

Lola is young and free. But she has had no contact with her father Philippe since she came out as a transsexual. When Lola’s mother Catherine dies, Philippe even makes sure that Lola is late for the funeral service and deprives her of the opportunity to bid a last farewell. She is feeling hurt and angry when she sets off home, the urn with her mother’s ashes being stowed in her luggage.

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Trailer
88 min
Youth Film
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Man Up!

2019
France, Belgium
from 14 years

16-year-old Tom has mixed feelings about his change of school. He, who manoeuvres through life in a rather insecure and conformist way, only finds the strength to face this new challenge in the strong affection for his big brother Leo. Leo, the golden boy loved and admired by everyone, gives him tips, motivates him and is always there for him.

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Trailer
101 min
Panorama
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My Brother Chases Dinosaurs

2019
Italy, Spain
from 12 years

Jack raves about his younger brother Gio, whom he believes to have super powers. As he grows older and realises that his brother is special in other ways, Jack decides to hide him from his classmates. But he failed to reckon with Gio.

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Trailer
84 min
Youth Film
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Perfect 10

2019
UK
from 15 years

14-year-old Leigh lives with her dad on the outskirts of Brighton. She is a talented gymnast and is about to start her first major competition. But due to the sudden death of her mum, she loses an extremely important support. Moreover, strong self-doubts make it difficult for her to deal with people.

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100 min
Youth Film
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Piola

2020
Chile
from 15 years

Martín lives in Quilicura, a district of Santiago, drifting from day to day. His domestic environment is becoming more and more difficult; the family has to move again to an even smaller flat due to a lack of money. No one is interested in Martín’s dream of a career as a rap musician and he gets on rather badly at school. Charly works in a fast food restaurant.

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79 min
Youth Film
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Ròm

2019
Vietnam
from 15 years

Ròm is a street boy in Ho Chi Minh City. He used to make ends meet as a tipster because his lottery numbers ensured good wins for the neighbours. But when his lucky streak ended, the inhabitants of his poor neighbourhood turned their backs on him. Now the boy lives by himself in a roof alcove and saves money to go looking for his parents.

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91 min
Panorama
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Schemers

2019
UK
from 16 years

A broken leg ends Davies’ football career and a lot of other things go wrong in his life. He gets to know the wrong girls and has gambling debts. With two friends he founds an agency for bands. At last he feels the wind in his sails, but underworld boss Fergie dominates the industry.

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Trailer
120 min
Panorama
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Show Me the Way to the Station

2019
Japan
from 12 years

Sayaka and her dog Lou are inseparable. Together they discover the hidden entrance to a mysterious place where they find the old tracks of a disused train. The little girl only finds out where these tracks lead to when Lou suddenly dies.

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Trailer
100 min
Panorama
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Sky Raiders

2019
Israel
from 10 years

Yotam and his classmate Noa are crazy about planes and flying. They find an old plane in a scrap yard and quickly discover that it has historical value. Together they try to breathe new life into it, but they soon reach their limits.

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Trailer
84 min
Youth Film
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Soundtrack to Sixteen

2020
UK
from 14 years

Unconfident Maisy is 16 and has never been kissed. She makes a pact with her best friend: she will kiss a boy until her next birthday! But this is more difficult than she thought because she has a crush on a guy who is out of her reach. Moreover, she often puts her foot in it and cannot find her way in the teenage world.

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Trailer
93 min
Panorama
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The House of Us

2019
South Korea
from 8 years

Hana fears that her parents might separate. Therefore, she wants the family to travel together during the holidays so the parents could reconcile. Her two sisters Yoo-mi and Yoo-jin on the other hand are afraid of having to move again. The three children bravely fight for their home.

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70 min
Youth Film
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The Night of the Beast

2020
Colombia
from 14 years

Quiet Mario and the go-getting Francisco are best friends and love heavy metal. When the “Iron Maiden” band comes to Colombia for the first time, a dream comes true for the boys. Mario even steals money from his mother to attend the band’s live performance with Francisco. When the day of the concert has come, the two of them skip school and take a day off.

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Trailer
94 min
Youth Film
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The Pack

2020
Czech Republic, Slovakia, Latvia
from 14 years

David could be fine: His parents are well-to-do, his marks are good and his girlfriend is the envy of the other boys. Were it not for his new ice hockey team “The Wolves”, where he plays as a goalkeeper. His father has ambitious plans and wants David to become a professional player despite his diabetes. But he is treated as “the newcomer” in the team.

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110 min
Youth Film
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The Promise of Pisa

2019
Netherlands, Belgium
from 15 years

Samir, known as Sam, has Moroccan roots and lives with his family in a district strongly influenced by Arabic culture in the north of Amsterdam. The gang around his brother Mo and his friend Soesi is shaking the area with ever-increasing thievery. But Sam is supposed to stay out of it and stick to his goals.

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Trailer
98 min
Youth Film
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The Ride

2019
USA
from 14 years

John grows up in an environment full of violent white racists. He spends most of his childhood in a juvenile detention centre and even there, he attracts negative attention time and again. His youth welfare officer does not give up hope and finds a couple who want to take the boy in.

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91 min
Panorama
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Tiger: My Life as a Cat

2019
Japan
from 16 years

Miyu’s father Suzuo used to be a celebrated manga author. But these successful times are long gone and the family lives modestly. Suzuo is a passionate gambler and gambles away his last money. After a serious accident he gets a chance to make up for everything.

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87 min
Youth Film
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Unsound

2019
Australia
from 15 years

Noah is a guitarist and accompanies 90s pop singer Moniqa, who is also his mentor. Always the same concerts exhaust Noah. This is not how he had imagined his musical career. Without further ado, he quits the band and flies to Australia, where he sees his mother again after many years of absence.

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Trailer
93 min
Panorama
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Young Juliette

2019
Canada
from 14 years

High school – for many this is the best, for some it is the worst time of their lives. Juliette is stuck somewhere in between. She is intelligent, funny and sensitive, but also very redheaded and overweight. That is enough to bully her. But Juliette learns to defend herself.

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Trailer
87 min
Panorama
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Young Sangye

2019
China
from 10 years

Little Sangye lives with his family in very humble and traditional circumstances in the Chinese mountains. Although he does not care about school, he is eager to learn and interested in nature, the world and the cosmos. He would do anything for an encyclopaedia.

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