25th International

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for Children and Young Audience

12 – 18 OCT 2020
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06.10.2019 19:00

Opening Ceremony

Opernhaus Chemnitz

Celebrate the 24th edition of IFF SCHLINGEL with us! Look forward to exclusive insights into this year's festival programme, exciting film clips and interesting film guests from all over the world. The evening will be hosted by KiKA presenter Jess. Tickets are available for 5 euro.

 

07.10.2019 08:15

All I Want for Christmas

from 8 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Denmark 2018 93 min
German Premiere

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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07.10.2019 08:15

The Unpromised Land

from 14 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Sweden 2019 86 min

Holmsund is a small town in Sweden – picturesquely situated on the archipelago coast, blessed with industrial jobs and a ferry connection to Finland. Here Sabina and two Romanian compatriots are looking for happiness. Her dark hair and brown skin look like a dark spot that seems to irritate and disturb the blond Swedes. Sabina is not welcome, she feels it, she does not even find work. But there is also hope: one day she meets Elin. At first glance she looks like all the others. But she does not behave like that: she approaches Sabina and tries to communicate in Pigeon English. Her outsiderism unites the two dissimilar girls. Elin also feels like an alien in Holmsund with her scratched arms and her crazy father. The two teenagers dream of another place where they can enjoy their friendship and their lives without suspicious looks. But what if one of them leaves?

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07.10.2019 08:30

Eighth Grade

from 12 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
USA 2018 94 min OV
Chemnitz Festival Premiere

Kayla is a student in the eighth grade, but she is invisible for her classmates. She makes YouTube videos nobody watches and dreams of a boy who barely notices her. When she is invited to a pool party by the year's most popular student, Kayla panics.

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07.10.2019 08:30

Invisible Sue

from 10 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Germany, Luxembourg 2018 95 min

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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07.10.2019 08:30

Running to the Sky

from 11 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Kyrgyzstan 2019 85 min
European Premiere

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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07.10.2019 10:00

Von uns für euch: Das gemischte Filmmenü

Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
90 min OmeU

Willkommen zu unserem Acht-Gänge-Menü, das wir, sechs filmbegeisterte Schüler und Schülerinnen aus Chemnitz, euch brandheiß servieren. Von A wie abenteuerliche Tollpatsche bis Z wie Zusammenhalt tischen wir spannende Geschichten aus aller Welt für jeden Filmgeschmack auf. Guten Appetit!

07.10.2019 10:45

Spread Your Wings

from 11 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
France 2019 103 min
German Premiere

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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07.10.2019 10:45

Float Like a Butterfly

from 14 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Ireland 2018 100 min OV

As a little girl, Frances travels through her Irish homeland with her family in a horse-drawn caravan. Her beautiful mum with a bellbright voice will soon have another baby, when suddenly the police appear in the camp. In the scuffle her mother falls heavily and is fatally injured. Only the unborn brother can be saved. Her father is put in prison because he wanted to defend his family. Years later he is released and contacts his children again. Frances has become a young woman whose fate has taught her to defend herself, not to resign herself to being pushed around and being treated contemptuously by others. This is why she started boxing, and this is why Muhammad Ali, who is going from strength to strength, has become her role model. But fighting women are inconceivable in her family tradition. The father laughs at his daughter’s sporting ambitions and notices almost too late that men like him have every reason to be proud of their strong daughters.

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07.10.2019 11:00

Double Trouble and the Magical Mirror

from 8 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Germany 2019 92 min

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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07.10.2019 11:00

Bori

from 10 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
South Korea 2018 110 min
International Premiere

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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07.10.2019 12:00

The Last Color

from 14 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
India, USA 2019 90 min

Chhoti is a street child and wants to go to school. She therefore saves money with her friend Chintu. When he disappears with their rupees, the girl seeks shelter with the widow Noor. Since both belong to the caste of the ‘untouchables’, their everyday life is marked by injustices.

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07.10.2019 14:00

Snow White and the Magic of the Dwarves

from 8 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Germany, Czech Republic 2019 90 min
Chemnitz Festival Premiere

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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07.10.2019 14:00

Bamse and the Thunder Bell

from 6 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Sweden 2018 67 min

Bamse is the kindest bear in the city and – thanks to thunder honey – also the strongest. He is a superhero, so to speak. Grandmother Bear prepares the thunder honey from magic thunder bell flowers. Grandfather once brought them with him from an expedition. He supposedly also found a treasure at that time. When the greedy wolf family hears about it, they secretly rummage about in Bamse’s attic one night and set fire to the dried bell flowers. Now Grandmother Bear can no longer make her magic honey, just when evil Reynard Fox wants to impress little Rose with some mean tricks that make him look like a hero in the city. He has made a secret pact with the wolf family. They have to fake assaults so Reynard Fox can act as the saviour. Soon the whole city cheers him while Bamse’s superpowers dwindle away. But luckily his friends, Little Hop and Shellman, have already set off for rock island, where Grandfather Bear once discovered the thunder bell flowers.

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07.10.2019 14:00

Here My Village

from 11 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Iran (Islamic Republic of) 2019 83 min

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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07.10.2019 15:00

Cry of Silence

from 13 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Russia 2019 97 min
International Premiere

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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07.10.2019 15:30

Muzbalak

from 10 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Kazakhstan 2018 67 min
German Premiere

When mean and selfish hunter Shegir holds his bleeding foot into the river, he awakens a dragon that threatens to destroy his village. In a fight to stop the dragon, the village chief dies. Shegir sees his chance to take his place. Only one person suspects the sinister plans Shegir forges: his nephew Aktai, who has serious talks with him again and again. When the local medicine man is told that an even bigger snake will haunt the inhabitants and destroy their village, uncle and nephew set off to find the mighty giant eagle Musbalak. A long way lies ahead of them, up to the icy summits of the Kazakh mountains. Shegir wants to catch the eagle, tame it and make it submissive to his will. Aktai has a big heart and wants to make the magical creature his friend. On the day of the solar eclipse the village is on fire and only one of the two men can save the village with Muzbalak’s help.

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07.10.2019 16:00

Bori

from 10 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
South Korea 2018 110 min
International Premiere

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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07.10.2019 16:30

Can You Whistle, Johanna?

from 6 years
Clubkino Siegmar
Sweden 1994 55 min
07.10.2019 17:00

Red Bracelets – The Beginning

from 10 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Germany 2019 110 min

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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07.10.2019 17:00

Spread Your Wings

from 11 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
France 2019 103 min
German Premiere

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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07.10.2019 18:00

Let Him Be a Basketball Player 2

from 11 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Slovenia 2019 80 min
International Premiere

Two years have passed since lanky Ranta became the celebrated basketball star of his school. In the meantime, he and his mate Smodlak have to meet new challenges. An important national game must not be lost. And there are love problems too.

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07.10.2019 18:45

The Brothers Lionheart

from 10 years
Clubkino Siegmar
Sweden 1977 105 min
07.10.2019 19:00

Broken Mirrors

from 15 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Israel 2018 104 min

Ariella drinks and smokes like other teenage girls. But this is frowned upon in Israel. Her father is an army officer and reacts with a firm hand to his older daughter’s dissolute lifestyle. He humiliates her by having her spend the night outside the house after she returned home late. Anger is mounting in Ariella due to this injustice. So it accommodates her that she can go on a trip to a bathing place with her mother and her little sister. In order to get there, they have to take dangerous desert paths driving in an all-wheel jeep. On the way back, Ariella urges her mother to let her drive. The novice driver loses control of the SUV and a terrible accident occurs. She flees for fear of her father and hides in a place that her father would never go to. Unspoken truths and danger are in the air until a bombshell is about to be dropped and a hidden past comes to light.

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07.10.2019 19:30

The Last Color

from 14 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
India, USA 2019 90 min

Chhoti is a street child and wants to go to school. She therefore saves money with her friend Chintu. When he disappears with their rupees, the girl seeks shelter with the widow Noor. Since both belong to the caste of the ‘untouchables’, their everyday life is marked by injustices.

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07.10.2019 21:00

Let the Right One In

from 16 years
Clubkino Siegmar
Sweden 2007 110 min
07.10.2019 21:30

This is Not Berlin

from 18 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Mexico 2019 109 min OmeU

Carlos and his best friend Gera are almost of age. After a visit to the infamous Aztek punk club, Carlos joins the art scene. Here he thrives and experiences drugs and free love. If only Gera’s sister, frontwoman of a band, would love him too...

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08.10.2019 08:00

I, the Sunshine

from 11 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Mongolia 2019 103 min

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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08.10.2019 08:15

Afterlife

from 14 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Netherlands 2019 93 min

When teenager Sam arrives home one day, her mother is already gone. She is said to have fallen off the ladder, so her father tells her. She was dead immediately. Now Sam is alone with him and her two brothers. She misses her mother and has to be strong and take on many tasks in the family at the same time. Some months pass by and yet her father is so absent he gives her a children’s book for her birthday. Deeply saddened, she overlooks a truck on the country road on her way to school. Sam wakes up in the afterlife, which looks completely different from her expectations. A subway takes her to the friendly city of the dead. Here she meets her mother. Even though both are happy to be reunited, there is a chance for Sam to start her life all over again. She could save her mother by hiding the ladder! But was it really the truth her father told her about her mother’s death? And can the two women escape their fate?

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08.10.2019 08:15

Too Far Away

from 10 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Germany, Netherlands 2019 86 min
German Premiere

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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08.10.2019 08:15

Phantom Owl Forest

from 7 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Estonia 2018 90 min
German Premiere

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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08.10.2019 08:30

Broken Mirrors

from 15 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Israel 2018 104 min

Ariella drinks and smokes like other teenage girls. But this is frowned upon in Israel. Her father is an army officer and reacts with a firm hand to his older daughter’s dissolute lifestyle. He humiliates her by having her spend the night outside the house after she returned home late. Anger is mounting in Ariella due to this injustice. So it accommodates her that she can go on a trip to a bathing place with her mother and her little sister. In order to get there, they have to take dangerous desert paths driving in an all-wheel jeep. On the way back, Ariella urges her mother to let her drive. The novice driver loses control of the SUV and a terrible accident occurs. She flees for fear of her father and hides in a place that her father would never go to. Unspoken truths and danger are in the air until a bombshell is about to be dropped and a hidden past comes to light.

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08.10.2019 09:15

The Elfkins - Baking a Difference

from 5 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Germany 2019 75 min

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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08.10.2019 10:30

Fritzi - A Revolutionary Tale

from 7 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany 2019 86 min

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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08.10.2019 10:45

Of Loves and Lies

from 11 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
France 2019 105 min

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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08.10.2019 10:45

Emma

from 9 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Mexico, Spain 2019 80 min
European Premiere

“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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08.10.2019 11:00

Made in France

Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
66 min OmeU

Bonjour Mesdames et Messieurs – willkommen zum ersten Kurzfilmprogramm aus der Grande Nation! Hier zeigen wir Ihnen die Crème de la Crème französischer Produktionen, präsentiert durch das „Ciné-jeune de l’Aisne“-Festival in Laon. Perfekt für jeden, der seine Sprachkenntnisse auffrischen möchte.

08.10.2019 11:00

Liken, haten, lieben auf Cloud Sieben

Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
92 min OmeU

Im digitalen Zeitalter können wir uns vor der Flut aus Hashtags und Memes nicht mehr retten, doch egal ob kleiner „Zeitungsjunge“ oder streamendes „Krokodil“: Wie wir miteinander umgehen und welche „Spuren“ wir auf dem Planeten hinterlassen, geht uns alle etwas an. Ehrensache!

08.10.2019 11:30

Giant Little Ones

from 15 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Canada 2018 93 min OmdU

Parties, alcohol, pretty girlfriends – Franky and Ballas are best friends and lead a perfect teenage life. Just one thing is missing: the first time. Put under pressure by Ballas, Franky and his girlfriend finally want to venture the next step on his 17th birthday. But contrary to all expectations, the two friends get dangerously close. Confused and angry about this incident, the they keep their distance until Ballas openly accuses Franky of being gay and having forced him to have sex. Franky becomes the target of homophobia, gets involved in fights and leaves the swimming team. To top it all, Franky’s estranged father, who left his mother because of another man many years ago, also interferes. Franky does not want to listen to him and his well-intentioned advice about accepting one’s sexual orientation. Only Natasha, about whom other rumours are circulating, seems to understand him in this difficult and lonely time. From now on, the two childhood friends walk through life together – a new start has been made.

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08.10.2019 14:00

Pettson & Findus IV - Forget Abilities

from 5 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Sweden, Germany, Denmark 2009 70 min
08.10.2019 14:00

Phantom Owl Forest

from 7 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Estonia 2018 90 min
German Premiere

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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08.10.2019 14:30

Dilili in Paris

from 11 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
France, Belgium, Germany 2018 92 min

Dilili is a clever girl with New Caledonian roots and part of a human zoo. Horrified by the glances and unjust treatments of the wise French due to her skin colour, she decides to turn her back on the ethnological exposition and stay in picturesque Paris of the Belle Époque for the time being. Here she meets delivery boy Orel, and they become close friends. When mysterious kidnappings of young girls frighten people in the city, the two set out searching for evidence. Through Orel’s contacts and his knowledge of the city, they meet a number of unconventional, famous personalities including Toulouse-Lautrec, Marie Curie, Monet, Emma Calvé and even Gustave Eiffel. Thanks to their help and observations, Dilili traces an entire conspiracy known as the “master men”. When she manages to unmask two of the crooks, she becomes the little heroine of the Parisian citizens. But this has serious consequences. Now Dilili also becomes the target of the master men and is eventually kidnapped herself in a treacherous ambush.

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08.10.2019 14:30

Fritzi - A Revolutionary Tale

from 7 years
Filmpalast Astoria (Zwickau)
Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany 2019 86 min

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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08.10.2019 15:30

Alfons Jitterbit – Countdown to Chaos

from 7 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Germany 2019 93 min

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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08.10.2019 16:30

We Can Be Heroes

from 8 years
Clubkino Siegmar
Sweden 2002 89 min
08.10.2019 16:30

Binti

from 9 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Belgium, Netherlands 2019 90 min

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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08.10.2019 17:00

Too Far Away

from 10 years
Filmpalast Astoria (Zwickau)
Germany, Netherlands 2019 86 min
German Premiere

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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08.10.2019 17:30

Fantastic Return to Oz

from 8 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Russia 2019 80 min
World Premiere

Clever Urfin Jus has lost his wooden soldiers but wants to regain unlimited power. With the help of his clever bear and the sly clown, he gains possession of sorceress Gingema’s book, which is closely guarded in Emerald City. It fulfills every wish of its master, provided that he also owns the magic silver shoes. Meanwhile, brave Elli from Kansas has grown into a delightful teenager and has found shy Tim who is head over ears in love with her. Together with her faithful dog Totoshka, they return to Oz just in time to help the inhabitants of Emerald City with its ruler Scarecrow the Wise, the Iron Woodman and the Brave Lion. But none of them has expected the cunning of evil Urfin Jus. He has forged a treacherous conspiracy with his cronies, where Tim's clumsiness seems to play into his hands. Urfin’s chances of gaining unrestricted control over Oz are not bad.

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08.10.2019 18:00

Kings of Mulberry Street

from 12 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
South Africa 2019 90 min

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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08.10.2019 18:45

Eskil & Trinidad

from 10 years
Clubkino Siegmar
Sweden 2013 98 min
08.10.2019 19:00

VS.

from 15 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Great Britain 2018 100 min OmdU
German Premiere

Eminem’s “8 Mile” in a British seaside resort: rage is the sensation Adam feels most often. He is furious with his foster families, his social worker and especially with his mother, who abandoned him when he was little. After destroying his room at his new foster parents’ home in a dispute, he has to move again. This is supposed to be his last station: an elderly lady who is familiar with difficult cases and who takes him in until he has to move to a new family or comes of age. Thus Adam gets back to his birthplace of Southend-on-Sea. In a gambling hall he meets Makayla, a bright young woman who takes him to a secret rap battle. It quickly becomes clear: Adam has great talent. Instead of screaming or throwing things, he can put his anger and disappointment into tough lines and is rewarded with applause. Thanks to his growing self-confidence, he can deal with his past and even assume responsibility for his own future.

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08.10.2019 19:30

Broken Mirrors

from 15 years
Filmpalast Astoria (Zwickau)
Israel 2018 104 min

Ariella drinks and smokes like other teenage girls. But this is frowned upon in Israel. Her father is an army officer and reacts with a firm hand to his older daughter’s dissolute lifestyle. He humiliates her by having her spend the night outside the house after she returned home late. Anger is mounting in Ariella due to this injustice. So it accommodates her that she can go on a trip to a bathing place with her mother and her little sister. In order to get there, they have to take dangerous desert paths driving in an all-wheel jeep. On the way back, Ariella urges her mother to let her drive. The novice driver loses control of the SUV and a terrible accident occurs. She flees for fear of her father and hides in a place that her father would never go to. Unspoken truths and danger are in the air until a bombshell is about to be dropped and a hidden past comes to light.

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08.10.2019 20:00

The Sweet Taste of Salted Bread and Undies

from 12 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Philippines 2018 92 min

Pinching, punching, kicking or choking: Aguy can heal people by inflicting pain on them. One day the little girl meets an old baker who suffers from kidney failure. They become close friends, but her gift does not seem to work for him.

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08.10.2019 21:00

Rosa - The Movie

from 14 years
Clubkino Siegmar
Sweden 2007 86 min
08.10.2019 21:45

The Orphanage

from 15 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Afghanistan, Denmark, France, Germany, Luxembourg 2019 90 min OmeU
German Premiere

Afghanistan in the early 1990s: the country is still governed by the Soviet Union instead of Islamism. Street boy Qodrat is sent to an orphanage, where his everyday life consists of school, Bollywood dreams and true friendship. But threats and violence are omnipresent here as well.

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09.10.2019 08:00

Harajuku

from 15 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Norway 2018 80 min OmeU

Vilde is 15 years old, loves Japanese comics and has a depressed mother. Instead of being at home, she hangs out with her friends in the centre of Oslo. Shortly before Christmas Eve, youth welfare agents suddenly appear at her door bringing a terrible message. Vilde spontaneously plans to flee to Japan.

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09.10.2019 08:15

My Extraordinary Summer with Tess

from 8 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Germany, Netherlands 2019 82 min

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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09.10.2019 08:15

The Legend of the Christmas Witch

from 11 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Italy, Spain 2018 100 min

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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09.10.2019 08:15

Stars by the Pound

from 12 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
France 2018 88 min

Loïs weighs a lot – too much to become an astronaut. She therefore decides not to eat anymore. But her body collapses, she faints at school and wakes up again in the psychiatric ward. Together with the new, extraordinary friends she finds there, she plans to set off for the stars.

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09.10.2019 08:30

Casper and Emma Go Treasure Hunting

from 5 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Norway 2018 83 min
German Premiere

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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09.10.2019 08:30

Romy's Salon

from 8 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Germany, Netherlands 2019 90 min

After school, ten-year-old Romy reluctantly goes to see her grandmother. Strict Stine has a hairdresser's and no time for her granddaughter anyway. Only when Romy realises that Stine is messing things up, they do grow into a super team.

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09.10.2019 09:15

The Elfkins - Baking a Difference

from 5 years
Filmpalast Astoria (Zwickau)
Germany 2019 75 min

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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09.10.2019 09:30

I, the Sunshine

from 11 years
Filmpalast Astoria (Zwickau)
Mongolia 2019 103 min

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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09.10.2019 09:45

Double Trouble and the Magical Mirror

from 8 years
Filmpalast Astoria (Zwickau)
Germany 2019 92 min

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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09.10.2019 10:00

Swimming

from 14 years
Filmpalast Astoria (Zwickau)
Germany 2018 102 min

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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09.10.2019 10:15

Latte and the Magic Waterstone

from 7 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Germany, Belgium 2019 81 min
World Premiere

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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09.10.2019 10:45

Mach mal Halblang!

Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
117 min OmeU

Filme sind deine Leidenschaft – du kannst dich für Kurz oder Lang aber nicht entscheiden? Dann mach mal Halblang! In unseren fünf fabulösen Filmen gibt es italienisches Temperament vom Feinsten gemischt mit feurigen Mutproben von hüben und nostalgischem Charme von drüben.

09.10.2019 10:45

Halvdan - Almost a Viking

from 11 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Sweden 2018 91 min

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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09.10.2019 10:45

The Runaways

from 14 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Great Britain 2019 109 min OmdU
German Premiere

North Yorkshire, England: Angie lives with her two younger siblings Polly and Ben in a house by the sea. Her father can feed the family very poorly. He travels with his donkeys to let young excursionists ride them. Since her mother left husband and children, the family has a strong bond of togetherness, which slightly makes them forget the hard times. One day her father’s body is recovered from the sea and brought to their house by the children. In a touching ceremony they say goodbye and try to look into the future at the same time. They are not only afraid of being separated by being accommodated in different children’s homes. The return of their uncle from prison poses an even greater threat to the children. He talks about money his brother would have owed him, which Angie should finally return. The children have to flee. With their donkeys, they battle their way through North York Moore, uncles and authorities being close on their heels. Their only hope is their mother, although they do not even know if she is still alive.

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09.10.2019 10:45

August

from 15 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Cuba, Costa Rica, France 2019 85 min OmeU

Cuba at the beginning of the 90s: the economy is depressed, people are suffering from hunger. Carlos has summer holidays, but he feels that his city and his life are changing. The names of those trying to escape to the USA are read out on the radio. Who will leave next?

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09.10.2019 11:00

Before the Day Breaks

from 8 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Latvia 2018 75 min

The daughter of the sun and the moon has been kidnapped. In spite of their powers, they are unable to trace her. From now on the child has to grow up underground in the custody of Selena, the devil’s daughter. It shall be prevented that the sun’s daughter can rise into the sky as the bloom of eternity. All efforts of the masked people and even those of the animals to find the child are in vain. The situation is hopeless. Nabashi, a shady man, seems to be the last hope. Together with his two companions, who observed the kidnapping, he embarks on a journey during which helpfulness, patience and courage are put to the test time and again. They have three days to succeed, otherwise the sun’s daughter will lose all her strength and become an ordinary girl.
It is a seemingly aimless search – only wisdom rooted in the people, transmitted by a mysterious, talking wall, can help them now. The story of Latvia’s path to freedom finds an allegory in heroic characters and poetic chants.

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09.10.2019 11:00

The Home in the Tree

from 9 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
China 2018 96 min

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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09.10.2019 14:00

My Life as Lotta - Bingo Flamingo!

from 9 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Germany 2019 94 min
Chemnitz Festival Premiere

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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09.10.2019 14:00

The Daily Fable

from 5 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Belgium 2018 83 min
International Premiere

There is always something going on in the fairytale forest: many animals with different characters live here. There is Wolf who runs a small forest bistro. Or Mrs. Stork, who is cocksure of herself. Mr. Owl, on the other hand, prefers to sit on his branch and report from the newspaper about the latest forest news, for example how the stork lady invited all her friends to a picnic, but Wolf received no invitation. When the excursionists got lost in the scary forest, only one animal could save them. Owl also talks about how his friend, the turtle, wished he could fly for his birthday – would that work? Only recently the annual forest sports games took place, where Mrs Stork’s white team seemed to win again. But smart Raven and his black team had an ace up their sleeves that nobody expected: Chico, the fastest alpaca in the fairytale forest. Even the game leader, Panda Bear, was looking surprised.

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09.10.2019 14:30

Bamse and the Thunder Bell

from 6 years
Filmpalast Astoria (Zwickau)
Sweden 2018 67 min

Bamse is the kindest bear in the city and – thanks to thunder honey – also the strongest. He is a superhero, so to speak. Grandmother Bear prepares the thunder honey from magic thunder bell flowers. Grandfather once brought them with him from an expedition. He supposedly also found a treasure at that time. When the greedy wolf family hears about it, they secretly rummage about in Bamse’s attic one night and set fire to the dried bell flowers. Now Grandmother Bear can no longer make her magic honey, just when evil Reynard Fox wants to impress little Rose with some mean tricks that make him look like a hero in the city. He has made a secret pact with the wolf family. They have to fake assaults so Reynard Fox can act as the saviour. Soon the whole city cheers him while Bamse’s superpowers dwindle away. But luckily his friends, Little Hop and Shellman, have already set off for rock island, where Grandfather Bear once discovered the thunder bell flowers.

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09.10.2019 14:30

The Sweet Taste of Salted Bread and Undies

from 12 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Philippines 2018 92 min

Pinching, punching, kicking or choking: Aguy can heal people by inflicting pain on them. One day the little girl meets an old baker who suffers from kidney failure. They become close friends, but her gift does not seem to work for him.

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09.10.2019 15:00

A Wizard Called Rye

from 8 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Czech Republic 2018 104 min
German Premiere

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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09.10.2019 16:00

The Elfkins - Baking a Difference

from 5 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Germany 2019 75 min

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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09.10.2019 16:00

Psychobitch

from 14 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Norway 2019 111 min
Chemnitz Festival Premiere

Marius is a reliable guy: he is popular, never misses his cross-country training, and his father always praises him to the skies. Even when he makes the selfish suggestion that they can form learning groups of two students each, he does everything right. However, instead of working with Lea, the most popular girl in class, Marius is assigned crazy ‘psychobitch’ Frida by his teacher. Marius accepts his fate and meets her. Everyone knows that she has already tried to kill herself and always reacts waspishly to others. But her cheeky and unconventional nature touches something inside him and soon they secretly become friends. Marius fights his feelings, especially his fear of other people’s opinions, and does not dare to admit that he likes the ‘crazy one’. Shouldn't he rather have sex with Lea at the next party? For the first time in his life Marius does not know what is the right thing to do – and is in danger of doing everything wrong.

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09.10.2019 16:30

Tsatsiki - Mum and the Policeman

from 6 years
Clubkino Siegmar
Sweden, Denmark, Norway 1999 91 min
09.10.2019 17:00

Of Loves and Lies

from 11 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
France 2019 105 min

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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09.10.2019 17:00

Halvdan - Almost a Viking

from 11 years
Filmpalast Astoria (Zwickau)
Sweden 2018 91 min

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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09.10.2019 18:00

A Story 'bout Love

from 16 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Germany 2018 97 min

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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09.10.2019 18:00

The Unpromised Land

from 14 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Sweden 2019 86 min

Holmsund is a small town in Sweden – picturesquely situated on the archipelago coast, blessed with industrial jobs and a ferry connection to Finland. Here Sabina and two Romanian compatriots are looking for happiness. Her dark hair and brown skin look like a dark spot that seems to irritate and disturb the blond Swedes. Sabina is not welcome, she feels it, she does not even find work. But there is also hope: one day she meets Elin. At first glance she looks like all the others. But she does not behave like that: she approaches Sabina and tries to communicate in Pigeon English. Her outsiderism unites the two dissimilar girls. Elin also feels like an alien in Holmsund with her scratched arms and her crazy father. The two teenagers dream of another place where they can enjoy their friendship and their lives without suspicious looks. But what if one of them leaves?

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09.10.2019 18:30

Die lange Nacht der kurzen Filme

Kino METROPOL
170 min OmeU

Klar kann man sich abends „Im Wald“ von einem „Raubtier“ anfallen lassen. Aber warum nicht stattdessen im Metropol einfach „Die lange Nacht“ genießen? Dann müsst ihr so „Langsam (Heran)tanzen“, sonst kommt ihr noch die entscheidende „Goldene Minute“ „Zu Spät“. „Maestro“ – Film ab!

09.10.2019 18:45

Lilya 4-ever

from 14 years
Clubkino Siegmar
2002 109 min
09.10.2019 19:00

Balloon

from 12 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Germany 2018 117 min
Chemnitz Festival Premiere

At the end of the 1970s, life in East Germany feels musty and repressive. The Strelzyk and Wetzel families finally want to exchange the narrowness of their homeland for freedom in the West. They want to cross the strictly guarded border between the two German states in a balloon.

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09.10.2019 19:30

Halvdan - Almost a Viking

from 11 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Sweden 2018 91 min

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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09.10.2019 19:30

Afterlife

from 14 years
Filmpalast Astoria (Zwickau)
Netherlands 2019 93 min

When teenager Sam arrives home one day, her mother is already gone. She is said to have fallen off the ladder, so her father tells her. She was dead immediately. Now Sam is alone with him and her two brothers. She misses her mother and has to be strong and take on many tasks in the family at the same time. Some months pass by and yet her father is so absent he gives her a children’s book for her birthday. Deeply saddened, she overlooks a truck on the country road on her way to school. Sam wakes up in the afterlife, which looks completely different from her expectations. A subway takes her to the friendly city of the dead. Here she meets her mother. Even though both are happy to be reunited, there is a chance for Sam to start her life all over again. She could save her mother by hiding the ladder! But was it really the truth her father told her about her mother’s death? And can the two women escape their fate?

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09.10.2019 21:00

Tofu

from 12 years
Clubkino Siegmar
Japan 2018 108 min

Widower Yusaku makes the best tofu in the area and is highly appreciated both by housewives and by chief executives. He lives modestly with his adult daughter in the mountains. When orphan boy Masami enters his life, the old man is faced with completely new challenges.

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09.10.2019 21:15

Giant Little Ones

from 15 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Canada 2018 93 min OmdU

Parties, alcohol, pretty girlfriends – Franky and Ballas are best friends and lead a perfect teenage life. Just one thing is missing: the first time. Put under pressure by Ballas, Franky and his girlfriend finally want to venture the next step on his 17th birthday. But contrary to all expectations, the two friends get dangerously close. Confused and angry about this incident, the they keep their distance until Ballas openly accuses Franky of being gay and having forced him to have sex. Franky becomes the target of homophobia, gets involved in fights and leaves the swimming team. To top it all, Franky’s estranged father, who left his mother because of another man many years ago, also interferes. Franky does not want to listen to him and his well-intentioned advice about accepting one’s sexual orientation. Only Natasha, about whom other rumours are circulating, seems to understand him in this difficult and lonely time. From now on, the two childhood friends walk through life together – a new start has been made.

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10.10.2019 08:00

Rocca

from 9 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Germany 2019 101 min
Chemnitz Festival Premiere

“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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10.10.2019 08:00

The Runaways

from 14 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Great Britain 2019 109 min OmdU
German Premiere

North Yorkshire, England: Angie lives with her two younger siblings Polly and Ben in a house by the sea. Her father can feed the family very poorly. He travels with his donkeys to let young excursionists ride them. Since her mother left husband and children, the family has a strong bond of togetherness, which slightly makes them forget the hard times. One day her father’s body is recovered from the sea and brought to their house by the children. In a touching ceremony they say goodbye and try to look into the future at the same time. They are not only afraid of being separated by being accommodated in different children’s homes. The return of their uncle from prison poses an even greater threat to the children. He talks about money his brother would have owed him, which Angie should finally return. The children have to flee. With their donkeys, they battle their way through North York Moore, uncles and authorities being close on their heels. Their only hope is their mother, although they do not even know if she is still alive.

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10.10.2019 08:15

Galaktisch. Praktisch. Gut.

Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
83 min OmeU

Wie im Kurzfilmhimmel kommt man sich vor, wenn man „Die Bewegung der Sterne“ durch den „Engelsspiegel“ der Kinoleinwand verfolgt. Dabei ist „Hier auf der Erde“ bei weitem nicht alles perfekt. Aber ein „Kleiner Funke“ Hoffnung bleibt, dass nicht immer nur „der Stärkste“ gewinnt.

10.10.2019 08:15

Papicha

from 16 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Algeria, France, Morocco, Qatar 2018 105 min
Chemnitz Festival Premiere

Algeria, in the early 1990s: civil war is raging in the country. Radical militant groups try to establish an Islamist state, and those standing in their way are eliminated. Nedjima lives during this period of time. The 18-year-old studies French and is enthusiastic about fashion design. Together with her friends, she does everything ‘papichas’, pretty young girls, are not supposed to do – they have parties, wear revealing clothes and show provocative behaviour. Even war cannot stop them from wanting to lead a normal life. But political tension in the country is growing. Women are increasingly oppressed, controls are tightened and the number of violent conflicts increases. But Nedjima continues to refuse the conservative regime. When her sister is shot dead before her eyes, her world is collapsing. In her distress and anger, the longing for political change increases. As part of the struggle for her freedom, Nedjima therefore decides to put on a fashion show despite all risks.

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10.10.2019 08:30

Binti

from 9 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Belgium, Netherlands 2019 90 min

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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10.10.2019 08:30

Cry of Silence

from 13 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Russia 2019 97 min
International Premiere

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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10.10.2019 08:30

Hacker

from 11 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Denmark, Sweden 2019 97 min

Benjamin is a computer genius, lives in an orphanage and has recently been visited by the Danish secret service. They tell the shocked 13-year-old that his mother, who allegedly died in an accident, is still alive. And she is not the only one hunted by the Ministry of Defence.

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10.10.2019 10:45

Swimming

from 14 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Germany 2018 102 min

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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10.10.2019 10:45

The Opera Kids

from 8 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Singapore 2018 87 min

Open spends his school days drawing. His father, a teacher working at his school, cares for him lovingly, but his mother is unable to cope with him. However, the autistic boy slowly opens up when outgoing Bao Er joins his class and wants to become his girlfriend.

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10.10.2019 11:00

Running to the Sky

from 11 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Kyrgyzstan 2019 85 min
European Premiere

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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10.10.2019 11:00

Stars by the Pound

from 12 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
France 2018 88 min OV

Loïs weighs a lot – too much to become an astronaut. She therefore decides not to eat anymore. But her body collapses, she faints at school and wakes up again in the psychiatric ward. Together with the new, extraordinary friends she finds there, she plans to set off for the stars.

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10.10.2019 13:00

Tofu

from 12 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Japan 2018 108 min

Widower Yusaku makes the best tofu in the area and is highly appreciated both by housewives and by chief executives. He lives modestly with his adult daughter in the mountains. When orphan boy Masami enters his life, the old man is faced with completely new challenges.

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10.10.2019 13:30

Balloon

from 12 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Germany 2018 117 min
Chemnitz Festival Premiere

At the end of the 1970s, life in East Germany feels musty and repressive. The Strelzyk and Wetzel families finally want to exchange the narrowness of their homeland for freedom in the West. They want to cross the strictly guarded border between the two German states in a balloon.

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10.10.2019 14:00

Casper and Emma Go Treasure Hunting

from 5 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Norway 2018 83 min
German Premiere

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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10.10.2019 14:00

Emma

from 9 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Mexico, Spain 2019 80 min
European Premiere

“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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10.10.2019 14:30

Romy's Salon

from 8 years
Filmpalast Astoria (Zwickau)
Germany, Netherlands 2019 90 min

After school, ten-year-old Romy reluctantly goes to see her grandmother. Strict Stine has a hairdresser's and no time for her granddaughter anyway. Only when Romy realises that Stine is messing things up, they do grow into a super team.

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10.10.2019 15:00

The Legend of the Christmas Witch

from 11 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Italy, Spain 2018 100 min

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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10.10.2019 16:00

The Home in the Tree

from 9 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
China 2018 96 min

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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10.10.2019 16:30

Misa Mi

from 8 years
Clubkino Siegmar
Sweden 2003 82 min
10.10.2019 16:30

I, the Sunshine

from 11 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Mongolia 2019 103 min

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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10.10.2019 17:00

Giant Little Ones

from 15 years
Filmpalast Astoria (Zwickau)
Canada 2018 93 min

Parties, alcohol, pretty girlfriends – Franky and Ballas are best friends and lead a perfect teenage life. Just one thing is missing: the first time. Put under pressure by Ballas, Franky and his girlfriend finally want to venture the next step on his 17th birthday. But contrary to all expectations, the two friends get dangerously close. Confused and angry about this incident, the they keep their distance until Ballas openly accuses Franky of being gay and having forced him to have sex. Franky becomes the target of homophobia, gets involved in fights and leaves the swimming team. To top it all, Franky’s estranged father, who left his mother because of another man many years ago, also interferes. Franky does not want to listen to him and his well-intentioned advice about accepting one’s sexual orientation. Only Natasha, about whom other rumours are circulating, seems to understand him in this difficult and lonely time. From now on, the two childhood friends walk through life together – a new start has been made.

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10.10.2019 17:45

Fritzi - A Revolutionary Tale

from 7 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany 2019 86 min

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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10.10.2019 18:00

The Day of Chocolate

from 10 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Poland 2018 86 min

When silent Monika moves into the neighbouring house in her hula costume, David immediately makes friends with her. Both have a longing for a loved person who has left them, and both have a secret wish. Can the magic clock and the time hopper help them?

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10.10.2019 18:45

The Ketchup Effect

from 14 years
Clubkino Siegmar
Sweden 2004 91 min
10.10.2019 18:45

Let Me Fall

from 16 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Iceland, Finland 2018 136 min
Chemnitz Festival Premiere

You are young, you are fearless, and the world lies at your feet. You have cool friends called Stella and Toni, but more and more often also cocaine or heroin. And you do everything for your friends: rob men, destroy your family, throw away your life. Is there a way out? Maybe!

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10.10.2019 19:00

Scent of Oranges

from 12 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia 2019 92 min

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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10.10.2019 19:30

Let Me Fall

from 16 years
Filmpalast Astoria (Zwickau)
Iceland, Finland 2018 136 min
Chemnitz Festival Premiere

You are young, you are fearless, and the world lies at your feet. You have cool friends called Stella and Toni, but more and more often also cocaine or heroin. And you do everything for your friends: rob men, destroy your family, throw away your life. Is there a way out? Maybe!

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10.10.2019 21:00

August

from 15 years
Clubkino Siegmar
Cuba, Costa Rica, France 2019 85 min OmeU

Cuba at the beginning of the 90s: the economy is depressed, people are suffering from hunger. Carlos has summer holidays, but he feels that his city and his life are changing. The names of those trying to escape to the USA are read out on the radio. Who will leave next?

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10.10.2019 21:30

Harajuku

from 15 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Norway 2018 80 min OmeU

Vilde is 15 years old, loves Japanese comics and has a depressed mother. Instead of being at home, she hangs out with her friends in the centre of Oslo. Shortly before Christmas Eve, youth welfare agents suddenly appear at her door bringing a terrible message. Vilde spontaneously plans to flee to Japan.

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11.10.2019 08:00

VS.

from 15 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Great Britain 2018 100 min OmeU
German Premiere

Eminem’s “8 Mile” in a British seaside resort: rage is the sensation Adam feels most often. He is furious with his foster families, his social worker and especially with his mother, who abandoned him when he was little. After destroying his room at his new foster parents’ home in a dispute, he has to move again. This is supposed to be his last station: an elderly lady who is familiar with difficult cases and who takes him in until he has to move to a new family or comes of age. Thus Adam gets back to his birthplace of Southend-on-Sea. In a gambling hall he meets Makayla, a bright young woman who takes him to a secret rap battle. It quickly becomes clear: Adam has great talent. Instead of screaming or throwing things, he can put his anger and disappointment into tough lines and is rewarded with applause. Thanks to his growing self-confidence, he can deal with his past and even assume responsibility for his own future.

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11.10.2019 08:00

Of Loves and Lies

from 11 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
France 2019 105 min

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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11.10.2019 08:15

Giant Little Ones

from 15 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Canada 2018 93 min OV

Parties, alcohol, pretty girlfriends – Franky and Ballas are best friends and lead a perfect teenage life. Just one thing is missing: the first time. Put under pressure by Ballas, Franky and his girlfriend finally want to venture the next step on his 17th birthday. But contrary to all expectations, the two friends get dangerously close. Confused and angry about this incident, the they keep their distance until Ballas openly accuses Franky of being gay and having forced him to have sex. Franky becomes the target of homophobia, gets involved in fights and leaves the swimming team. To top it all, Franky’s estranged father, who left his mother because of another man many years ago, also interferes. Franky does not want to listen to him and his well-intentioned advice about accepting one’s sexual orientation. Only Natasha, about whom other rumours are circulating, seems to understand him in this difficult and lonely time. From now on, the two childhood friends walk through life together – a new start has been made.

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11.10.2019 08:30

Here My Village

from 11 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Iran (Islamic Republic of) 2019 83 min

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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11.10.2019 09:00

Manege frei für die SCHLINGELei

Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
50 min OmeU

Hereinspaziert, hereinspaziert – treten Sie näher und bestaunen Sie unser Kurzfilmspektakel! Wir präsentieren exotische Darbietungen von Dinos, Katzen und Robotern aus aller Welt. Lassen Sie sich außerdem von malenden Schnecken und sprunghaften Radiergummis verzaubern. Manege frei!

11.10.2019 09:15

Pettson & Findus IV - Forget Abilities

from 5 years
Filmpalast Astoria (Zwickau)
Sweden, Germany, Denmark 2009 70 min
11.10.2019 09:30

Chuskit

from 7 years
Filmpalast Astoria (Zwickau)
India 2018 90 min

Little Chuskit is looking forward to school. She wants to be as smart as her older brother Stobdan. But then Chuskit has a serious accident and cannot walk anymore. Going to school seems impossible in the remote mountain village. But Chuskit clings to her dream...

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11.10.2019 09:30

Scent of Oranges

from 12 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia 2019 92 min

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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11.10.2019 09:45

The Footballest

from 9 years
Filmpalast Astoria (Zwickau)
Spain 2018 99 min

The Soto Alto football matches are being sabotaged. The referees constantly fall asleep on the pitch. To prevent the imminent end of their team, Pakete and his friends found the Footballest. Together, they set out on the trail of the mysterious events.

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11.10.2019 10:00

Float Like a Butterfly

from 14 years
Filmpalast Astoria (Zwickau)
Ireland 2018 100 min

As a little girl, Frances travels through her Irish homeland with her family in a horse-drawn caravan. Her beautiful mum with a bellbright voice will soon have another baby, when suddenly the police appear in the camp. In the scuffle her mother falls heavily and is fatally injured. Only the unborn brother can be saved. Her father is put in prison because he wanted to defend his family. Years later he is released and contacts his children again. Frances has become a young woman whose fate has taught her to defend herself, not to resign herself to being pushed around and being treated contemptuously by others. This is why she started boxing, and this is why Muhammad Ali, who is going from strength to strength, has become her role model. But fighting women are inconceivable in her family tradition. The father laughs at his daughter’s sporting ambitions and notices almost too late that men like him have every reason to be proud of their strong daughters.

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11.10.2019 10:15

Too Far Away

from 10 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Germany, Netherlands 2019 86 min
German Premiere

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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11.10.2019 10:30

Kings of Mulberry Street

from 12 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
South Africa 2019 90 min

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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11.10.2019 10:30

Phantom Owl Forest

from 7 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Estonia 2018 90 min
German Premiere

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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11.10.2019 10:45

Afterlife

from 14 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Netherlands 2019 93 min

When teenager Sam arrives home one day, her mother is already gone. She is said to have fallen off the ladder, so her father tells her. She was dead immediately. Now Sam is alone with him and her two brothers. She misses her mother and has to be strong and take on many tasks in the family at the same time. Some months pass by and yet her father is so absent he gives her a children’s book for her birthday. Deeply saddened, she overlooks a truck on the country road on her way to school. Sam wakes up in the afterlife, which looks completely different from her expectations. A subway takes her to the friendly city of the dead. Here she meets her mother. Even though both are happy to be reunited, there is a chance for Sam to start her life all over again. She could save her mother by hiding the ladder! But was it really the truth her father told her about her mother’s death? And can the two women escape their fate?

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11.10.2019 10:45

Harajuku

from 15 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Norway 2018 80 min OmeU

Vilde is 15 years old, loves Japanese comics and has a depressed mother. Instead of being at home, she hangs out with her friends in the centre of Oslo. Shortly before Christmas Eve, youth welfare agents suddenly appear at her door bringing a terrible message. Vilde spontaneously plans to flee to Japan.

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11.10.2019 11:00

Psychobitch

from 14 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Norway 2019 111 min
Chemnitz Festival Premiere

Marius is a reliable guy: he is popular, never misses his cross-country training, and his father always praises him to the skies. Even when he makes the selfish suggestion that they can form learning groups of two students each, he does everything right. However, instead of working with Lea, the most popular girl in class, Marius is assigned crazy ‘psychobitch’ Frida by his teacher. Marius accepts his fate and meets her. Everyone knows that she has already tried to kill herself and always reacts waspishly to others. But her cheeky and unconventional nature touches something inside him and soon they secretly become friends. Marius fights his feelings, especially his fear of other people’s opinions, and does not dare to admit that he likes the ‘crazy one’. Shouldn't he rather have sex with Lea at the next party? For the first time in his life Marius does not know what is the right thing to do – and is in danger of doing everything wrong.

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11.10.2019 14:00

Muzbalak

from 10 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Kazakhstan 2018 67 min
German Premiere

When mean and selfish hunter Shegir holds his bleeding foot into the river, he awakens a dragon that threatens to destroy his village. In a fight to stop the dragon, the village chief dies. Shegir sees his chance to take his place. Only one person suspects the sinister plans Shegir forges: his nephew Aktai, who has serious talks with him again and again. When the local medicine man is told that an even bigger snake will haunt the inhabitants and destroy their village, uncle and nephew set off to find the mighty giant eagle Musbalak. A long way lies ahead of them, up to the icy summits of the Kazakh mountains. Shegir wants to catch the eagle, tame it and make it submissive to his will. Aktai has a big heart and wants to make the magical creature his friend. On the day of the solar eclipse the village is on fire and only one of the two men can save the village with Muzbalak’s help.

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11.10.2019 14:00

The Footballest

from 9 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Spain 2018 99 min

The Soto Alto football matches are being sabotaged. The referees constantly fall asleep on the pitch. To prevent the imminent end of their team, Pakete and his friends found the Footballest. Together, they set out on the trail of the mysterious events.

more
11.10.2019 14:30

Phantom Owl Forest

from 7 years
Filmpalast Astoria (Zwickau)
Estonia 2018 90 min
German Premiere

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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11.10.2019 14:30

Romy's Salon

from 8 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Germany, Netherlands 2019 90 min

After school, ten-year-old Romy reluctantly goes to see her grandmother. Strict Stine has a hairdresser's and no time for her granddaughter anyway. Only when Romy realises that Stine is messing things up, they do grow into a super team.

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11.10.2019 15:30

Let Him Be a Basketball Player 2

from 11 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Slovenia 2019 80 min
International Premiere

Two years have passed since lanky Ranta became the celebrated basketball star of his school. In the meantime, he and his mate Smodlak have to meet new challenges. An important national game must not be lost. And there are love problems too.

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11.10.2019 16:00

Made by You

Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
50 min OmeU

Kleine Regisseure ganz groß: Das „Made by You“-Programm präsentiert 20 selbstproduzierte Kurzfilme von jungen Filmemachern aus Sachsen, die im Anschluss durch eine Experten-Jury bewertet werden. Wer wird wohl dieses Jahr einen Platz auf dem Podest ergattern?

11.10.2019 16:00

The Orphanage

from 15 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Afghanistan, Denmark, France, Germany, Luxembourg 2019 90 min OmeU
German Premiere

Afghanistan in the early 1990s: the country is still governed by the Soviet Union instead of Islamism. Street boy Qodrat is sent to an orphanage, where his everyday life consists of school, Bollywood dreams and true friendship. But threats and violence are omnipresent here as well.

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11.10.2019 16:00

Emma

from 9 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Mexico, Spain 2019 80 min
European Premiere

“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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11.10.2019 16:30

Elina - As If I Wasn't There

from 8 years
Clubkino Siegmar
Sweden, Finland 2002 80 min
11.10.2019 17:00

Kings of Mulberry Street

from 12 years
Filmpalast Astoria (Zwickau)
South Africa 2019 90 min

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.

more
11.10.2019 17:45

The Runaways

from 14 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Great Britain 2019 109 min OmdU
German Premiere

North Yorkshire, England: Angie lives with her two younger siblings Polly and Ben in a house by the sea. Her father can feed the family very poorly. He travels with his donkeys to let young excursionists ride them. Since her mother left husband and children, the family has a strong bond of togetherness, which slightly makes them forget the hard times. One day her father’s body is recovered from the sea and brought to their house by the children. In a touching ceremony they say goodbye and try to look into the future at the same time. They are not only afraid of being separated by being accommodated in different children’s homes. The return of their uncle from prison poses an even greater threat to the children. He talks about money his brother would have owed him, which Angie should finally return. The children have to flee. With their donkeys, they battle their way through North York Moore, uncles and authorities being close on their heels. Their only hope is their mother, although they do not even know if she is still alive.

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11.10.2019 17:45

Eighth Grade

from 12 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
USA 2018 94 min
Chemnitz Festival Premiere

Kayla is a student in the eighth grade, but she is invisible for her classmates. She makes YouTube videos nobody watches and dreams of a boy who barely notices her. When she is invited to a pool party by the year's most popular student, Kayla panics.

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11.10.2019 17:45

Broken Mirrors

from 15 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Israel 2018 104 min

Ariella drinks and smokes like other teenage girls. But this is frowned upon in Israel. Her father is an army officer and reacts with a firm hand to his older daughter’s dissolute lifestyle. He humiliates her by having her spend the night outside the house after she returned home late. Anger is mounting in Ariella due to this injustice. So it accommodates her that she can go on a trip to a bathing place with her mother and her little sister. In order to get there, they have to take dangerous desert paths driving in an all-wheel jeep. On the way back, Ariella urges her mother to let her drive. The novice driver loses control of the SUV and a terrible accident occurs. She flees for fear of her father and hides in a place that her father would never go to. Unspoken truths and danger are in the air until a bombshell is about to be dropped and a hidden past comes to light.

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11.10.2019 18:45

My Skinny Sister

from 12 years
Clubkino Siegmar
Sweden, Germany 2015 95 min
11.10.2019 19:00

Giant Little Ones

from 15 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Canada 2018 93 min OmdU

Parties, alcohol, pretty girlfriends – Franky and Ballas are best friends and lead a perfect teenage life. Just one thing is missing: the first time. Put under pressure by Ballas, Franky and his girlfriend finally want to venture the next step on his 17th birthday. But contrary to all expectations, the two friends get dangerously close. Confused and angry about this incident, the they keep their distance until Ballas openly accuses Franky of being gay and having forced him to have sex. Franky becomes the target of homophobia, gets involved in fights and leaves the swimming team. To top it all, Franky’s estranged father, who left his mother because of another man many years ago, also interferes. Franky does not want to listen to him and his well-intentioned advice about accepting one’s sexual orientation. Only Natasha, about whom other rumours are circulating, seems to understand him in this difficult and lonely time. From now on, the two childhood friends walk through life together – a new start has been made.

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11.10.2019 19:30

Papicha

from 16 years
Filmpalast Astoria (Zwickau)
Algeria, France, Morocco, Qatar 2018 105 min
Chemnitz Festival Premiere

Algeria, in the early 1990s: civil war is raging in the country. Radical militant groups try to establish an Islamist state, and those standing in their way are eliminated. Nedjima lives during this period of time. The 18-year-old studies French and is enthusiastic about fashion design. Together with her friends, she does everything ‘papichas’, pretty young girls, are not supposed to do – they have parties, wear revealing clothes and show provocative behaviour. Even war cannot stop them from wanting to lead a normal life. But political tension in the country is growing. Women are increasingly oppressed, controls are tightened and the number of violent conflicts increases. But Nedjima continues to refuse the conservative regime. When her sister is shot dead before her eyes, her world is collapsing. In her distress and anger, the longing for political change increases. As part of the struggle for her freedom, Nedjima therefore decides to put on a fashion show despite all risks.

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11.10.2019 19:30

Psychobitch

from 14 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Norway 2019 111 min
Chemnitz Festival Premiere

Marius is a reliable guy: he is popular, never misses his cross-country training, and his father always praises him to the skies. Even when he makes the selfish suggestion that they can form learning groups of two students each, he does everything right. However, instead of working with Lea, the most popular girl in class, Marius is assigned crazy ‘psychobitch’ Frida by his teacher. Marius accepts his fate and meets her. Everyone knows that she has already tried to kill herself and always reacts waspishly to others. But her cheeky and unconventional nature touches something inside him and soon they secretly become friends. Marius fights his feelings, especially his fear of other people’s opinions, and does not dare to admit that he likes the ‘crazy one’. Shouldn't he rather have sex with Lea at the next party? For the first time in his life Marius does not know what is the right thing to do – and is in danger of doing everything wrong.

more
11.10.2019 20:45

Cry of Silence

from 13 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Russia 2019 97 min
International Premiere

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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11.10.2019 21:00

Let Me Fall

from 16 years
Clubkino Siegmar
Iceland, Finland 2018 136 min OmeU
Chemnitz Festival Premiere

You are young, you are fearless, and the world lies at your feet. You have cool friends called Stella and Toni, but more and more often also cocaine or heroin. And you do everything for your friends: rob men, destroy your family, throw away your life. Is there a way out? Maybe!

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11.10.2019 21:30

This is Not Berlin

from 18 years
Filmpalast Astoria (Zwickau)
Mexico 2019 109 min

Carlos and his best friend Gera are almost of age. After a visit to the infamous Aztek punk club, Carlos joins the art scene. Here he thrives and experiences drugs and free love. If only Gera’s sister, frontwoman of a band, would love him too...

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11.10.2019 21:45

Papicha

from 16 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Algeria, France, Morocco, Qatar 2018 105 min
Chemnitz Festival Premiere

Algeria, in the early 1990s: civil war is raging in the country. Radical militant groups try to establish an Islamist state, and those standing in their way are eliminated. Nedjima lives during this period of time. The 18-year-old studies French and is enthusiastic about fashion design. Together with her friends, she does everything ‘papichas’, pretty young girls, are not supposed to do – they have parties, wear revealing clothes and show provocative behaviour. Even war cannot stop them from wanting to lead a normal life. But political tension in the country is growing. Women are increasingly oppressed, controls are tightened and the number of violent conflicts increases. But Nedjima continues to refuse the conservative regime. When her sister is shot dead before her eyes, her world is collapsing. In her distress and anger, the longing for political change increases. As part of the struggle for her freedom, Nedjima therefore decides to put on a fashion show despite all risks.

more
11.10.2019 22:15

Adoration

from 16 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Belgium, France 2019 98 min OmeU
German Premiere

The clinic where Paul's mother works and where the two live together offers the 12-year-old little variety. When he gets to know the slightly older patient Gloria, her impetuous nature turns his everyday life upside down, so much that they flee together.

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12.10.2019 09:30

A Wizard Called Rye

from 8 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Czech Republic 2018 104 min
German Premiere

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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12.10.2019 10:00

The Legend of the Christmas Witch

from 11 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Italy, Spain 2018 100 min

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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12.10.2019 10:15

Ein Bummel über den Kurzfilmrummel

Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
50 min OmeU

Der begehrte Kurzfilmrummel ist wieder in der Stadt! Es gibt Kinderschminken bei „Mitmalmeister Claude Momäh“, internationale Leckereien von „Mogu und Perol“ und das kleine graue Wölfchen sorgt mit seinem „Sommerfest“ für ordentlich Stimmung – der perfekte Wochenendbummel!

12.10.2019 10:30

Phantom Owl Forest

from 7 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Estonia 2018 90 min
German Premiere

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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12.10.2019 10:45

Invisible Sue

from 10 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Germany, Luxembourg 2018 95 min

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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12.10.2019 11:30

Float Like a Butterfly

from 14 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Ireland 2018 100 min OmdU

As a little girl, Frances travels through her Irish homeland with her family in a horse-drawn caravan. Her beautiful mum with a bellbright voice will soon have another baby, when suddenly the police appear in the camp. In the scuffle her mother falls heavily and is fatally injured. Only the unborn brother can be saved. Her father is put in prison because he wanted to defend his family. Years later he is released and contacts his children again. Frances has become a young woman whose fate has taught her to defend herself, not to resign herself to being pushed around and being treated contemptuously by others. This is why she started boxing, and this is why Muhammad Ali, who is going from strength to strength, has become her role model. But fighting women are inconceivable in her family tradition. The father laughs at his daughter’s sporting ambitions and notices almost too late that men like him have every reason to be proud of their strong daughters.

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12.10.2019 11:30

Halvdan - Almost a Viking

from 11 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Sweden 2018 91 min

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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12.10.2019 12:30

Fantastic Return to Oz

from 8 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Russia 2019 80 min
World Premiere

Clever Urfin Jus has lost his wooden soldiers but wants to regain unlimited power. With the help of his clever bear and the sly clown, he gains possession of sorceress Gingema’s book, which is closely guarded in Emerald City. It fulfills every wish of its master, provided that he also owns the magic silver shoes. Meanwhile, brave Elli from Kansas has grown into a delightful teenager and has found shy Tim who is head over ears in love with her. Together with her faithful dog Totoshka, they return to Oz just in time to help the inhabitants of Emerald City with its ruler Scarecrow the Wise, the Iron Woodman and the Brave Lion. But none of them has expected the cunning of evil Urfin Jus. He has forged a treacherous conspiracy with his cronies, where Tim's clumsiness seems to play into his hands. Urfin’s chances of gaining unrestricted control over Oz are not bad.

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12.10.2019 13:00

Chuskit

from 7 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
India 2018 90 min

Little Chuskit is looking forward to school. She wants to be as smart as her older brother Stobdan. But then Chuskit has a serious accident and cannot walk anymore. Going to school seems impossible in the remote mountain village. But Chuskit clings to her dream...

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12.10.2019 13:30

Rocca

from 9 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Germany 2019 101 min
Chemnitz Festival Premiere

“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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12.10.2019 14:00

Binti

from 9 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Belgium, Netherlands 2019 90 min

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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12.10.2019 14:30

Gemeinsam durch Kurz & Film

Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
87 min OmeU

Hier kommt ein SCHLINGEL-Kurzfilmprogramm, das schauen wir am besten gemeinsam an. Es geht darum, Groß und Klein zu krönen und wenn wir mal streiten, uns auch zu versöhnen. Das geht nur zusammen und niemals allein – also lasst uns Kurzfilmfreunde sein.

12.10.2019 14:30

Invisible Sue

from 10 years
Filmpalast Astoria (Zwickau)
Germany, Luxembourg 2018 95 min

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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12.10.2019 15:00

Bori

from 10 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
South Korea 2018 110 min
International Premiere

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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12.10.2019 16:00

Running to the Sky

from 11 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Kyrgyzstan 2019 85 min
European Premiere

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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12.10.2019 16:00

Spread Your Wings

from 11 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
France 2019 103 min
German Premiere

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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12.10.2019 17:00

Hacker

from 11 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Denmark, Sweden 2019 97 min

Benjamin is a computer genius, lives in an orphanage and has recently been visited by the Danish secret service. They tell the shocked 13-year-old that his mother, who allegedly died in an accident, is still alive. And she is not the only one hunted by the Ministry of Defence.

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12.10.2019 17:00

Unerwartet Ausgeartet

Filmpalast Astoria (Zwickau)
92 min OmeU

Auf den zweiten Blick sieht alles doch ganz anders aus: ein gemütliches Familienessen, das zum Akt der Rebellion einlädt, ein Bandmitglied, dass nicht einmal sein Instrument beherrscht und ein Krokodil, dass seine Tränen nicht ganz zurückhalten kann. Unverhofft kommt eben oft!

12.10.2019 18:00

Kings of Mulberry Street

from 12 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
South Africa 2019 90 min

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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12.10.2019 18:00

Dilili in Paris

from 11 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
France, Belgium, Germany 2018 92 min

Dilili is a clever girl with New Caledonian roots and part of a human zoo. Horrified by the glances and unjust treatments of the wise French due to her skin colour, she decides to turn her back on the ethnological exposition and stay in picturesque Paris of the Belle Époque for the time being. Here she meets delivery boy Orel, and they become close friends. When mysterious kidnappings of young girls frighten people in the city, the two set out searching for evidence. Through Orel’s contacts and his knowledge of the city, they meet a number of unconventional, famous personalities including Toulouse-Lautrec, Marie Curie, Monet, Emma Calvé and even Gustave Eiffel. Thanks to their help and observations, Dilili traces an entire conspiracy known as the “master men”. When she manages to unmask two of the crooks, she becomes the little heroine of the Parisian citizens. But this has serious consequences. Now Dilili also becomes the target of the master men and is eventually kidnapped herself in a treacherous ambush.

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12.10.2019 18:45

Stars by the Pound

from 12 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
France 2018 88 min

Loïs weighs a lot – too much to become an astronaut. She therefore decides not to eat anymore. But her body collapses, she faints at school and wakes up again in the psychiatric ward. Together with the new, extraordinary friends she finds there, she plans to set off for the stars.

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12.10.2019 20:30

Afterlife

from 14 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Netherlands 2019 93 min

When teenager Sam arrives home one day, her mother is already gone. She is said to have fallen off the ladder, so her father tells her. She was dead immediately. Now Sam is alone with him and her two brothers. She misses her mother and has to be strong and take on many tasks in the family at the same time. Some months pass by and yet her father is so absent he gives her a children’s book for her birthday. Deeply saddened, she overlooks a truck on the country road on her way to school. Sam wakes up in the afterlife, which looks completely different from her expectations. A subway takes her to the friendly city of the dead. Here she meets her mother. Even though both are happy to be reunited, there is a chance for Sam to start her life all over again. She could save her mother by hiding the ladder! But was it really the truth her father told her about her mother’s death? And can the two women escape their fate?

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12.10.2019 22:00

VS.

from 15 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Great Britain 2018 100 min OmdU
German Premiere

Eminem’s “8 Mile” in a British seaside resort: rage is the sensation Adam feels most often. He is furious with his foster families, his social worker and especially with his mother, who abandoned him when he was little. After destroying his room at his new foster parents’ home in a dispute, he has to move again. This is supposed to be his last station: an elderly lady who is familiar with difficult cases and who takes him in until he has to move to a new family or comes of age. Thus Adam gets back to his birthplace of Southend-on-Sea. In a gambling hall he meets Makayla, a bright young woman who takes him to a secret rap battle. It quickly becomes clear: Adam has great talent. Instead of screaming or throwing things, he can put his anger and disappointment into tough lines and is rewarded with applause. Thanks to his growing self-confidence, he can deal with his past and even assume responsibility for his own future.

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13.10.2019 09:30

Nachbarschaft

Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
55 min OmeU

Gemeinsam mit den Partnerfestivals in Zlín und Poznań hat das Filmfestival SCHLINGEL ein alternierendes Animationsfilmprogramm zusammengestellt. Hier treffen kunterbunte Freundschaften rund um witzige Wikinger, wundersame Wolken und wagemutige Wölfe aufeinander. Auf gute Nachbarschaft!

13.10.2019 10:00

The Footballest

from 9 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Spain 2018 99 min

The Soto Alto football matches are being sabotaged. The referees constantly fall asleep on the pitch. To prevent the imminent end of their team, Pakete and his friends found the Footballest. Together, they set out on the trail of the mysterious events.

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13.10.2019 10:45

Snow White and the Magic of the Dwarves

from 8 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Germany, Czech Republic 2019 90 min
Chemnitz Festival Premiere

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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13.10.2019 13:00

Phantom Owl Forest

from 7 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Estonia 2018 90 min
German Premiere

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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13.10.2019 14:00

Spread Your Wings

from 11 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
France 2019 103 min
German Premiere

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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13.10.2019 15:00

Muzbalak

from 10 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Kazakhstan 2018 67 min
German Premiere

When mean and selfish hunter Shegir holds his bleeding foot into the river, he awakens a dragon that threatens to destroy his village. In a fight to stop the dragon, the village chief dies. Shegir sees his chance to take his place. Only one person suspects the sinister plans Shegir forges: his nephew Aktai, who has serious talks with him again and again. When the local medicine man is told that an even bigger snake will haunt the inhabitants and destroy their village, uncle and nephew set off to find the mighty giant eagle Musbalak. A long way lies ahead of them, up to the icy summits of the Kazakh mountains. Shegir wants to catch the eagle, tame it and make it submissive to his will. Aktai has a big heart and wants to make the magical creature his friend. On the day of the solar eclipse the village is on fire and only one of the two men can save the village with Muzbalak’s help.

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13.10.2019 17:00

Bori

from 10 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
South Korea 2018 110 min
International Premiere

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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13.10.2019 19:00

Broken Mirrors

from 15 years
Cinestar Galerie Roter Turm
Israel 2018 104 min

Ariella drinks and smokes like other teenage girls. But this is frowned upon in Israel. Her father is an army officer and reacts with a firm hand to his older daughter’s dissolute lifestyle. He humiliates her by having her spend the night outside the house after she returned home late. Anger is mounting in Ariella due to this injustice. So it accommodates her that she can go on a trip to a bathing place with her mother and her little sister. In order to get there, they have to take dangerous desert paths driving in an all-wheel jeep. On the way back, Ariella urges her mother to let her drive. The novice driver loses control of the SUV and a terrible accident occurs. She flees for fear of her father and hides in a place that her father would never go to. Unspoken truths and danger are in the air until a bombshell is about to be dropped and a hidden past comes to light.

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