Within the framework of the "Weeks of the German language"
Drama // 100 minutes // 2018 // Directed by: Caroline Link
"The chubby, nine-year-old Hans-Peter has a talent that he cultivates daily in his grandmother's grocery store; he can make people laugh. Yet, this merriment is clouded by his mother's illness, who suffers from an unexplainable melancholia. This serves to motivate Hans-Peter even further to develop his talent in order to make her happy.
The heart-breaking story of the childhood of the famous German comedian, Hape Kerkeling, raises the question of how a person becomes what he/she is and how childhood continues to affect and impact an individual in adulthood." Young actor Julius Weckauf, who received the Young Actors Award for his performance, brilliantly portrays him. Caroline Link received the Bavarian Film Prize for Best Directing.
Caroline Link achieved her first great success in 2003 with the film Nowhere in Africa (Nirgendwo in Afrika), for which she won the Oscar for Foreign Language Film. In addition to many other film awards and festival appearances, she was also awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. In most of her films she not only directed, but also wrote the script, as in Beyond Silence (Jenseits der Stille), Exit Marrakesh and Nowhere in Africa (Nirgendwo in Afrika). For A year ago in winter (Im Winter ein Jahr) and the well-known children's film Pünktchen und Anton she adapted the well-known originals by Scott Campbell and Erich Kästner. With the film All about me (Der Junge muss an die frische Luft) she strikingly continues her series of success.
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