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Timm Thaler oder das verkaufte Lachen

Timm Thaler oder das verkaufte Lachen
Photo (detail): © Constantin Film Verleih GmbH/Gordon Muehle

Director: Andreas Dresen | Cast: Arved Friese, Justus von Dohnáyi, Axel Prahl, Andreas Schmidt, Jule Hermann, Charly Hübner, Nadja Uhl, Fritzi Haberlandt | Language: German, with English subtitles

Nobody can resist Timm Thaler’s laughter. It is so contagious and disarming that super-rich Baron Lefuet wants to possess it at any price. And so it comes about that Lefuet proposes the orphan an unusual trade: if Timm sells him his laughter, he will win every bet in future. Timm signs the contract. Thanks to his new ability, the boy now appears capable of fulfilling his every desire, yet without his laughter he becomes more and more lonely, and finds himself increasingly in the clutches of the fiendish baron. Timm’s friends Ida and Kreschimir do everything they can to get him his laughter back, but will they and Timm manage to outwit the baron?

Andreas Dresen has succeeded in making a wonderful new film adaptation of the Timm Thaler story – which in its every facet is a delight through and through. A charming and enchanting cinematic pleasure for the whole family

07.10.2018 | 3 PM | Goethe-Haus

Andreas Dresen, born in 1963 in Gera, Germany, studied directing at the Film University “Konrad Wolf” in Potsdam-Babelsberg from 1986 to 1991. Dresen’s breakthrough came at the 1999 Berlinale when he presented his omnibus film Nightshapes. Among other prizes, he won the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival and the German Film Award in silver for Grill Point. His biggest box office success so far was Summer in Berlin (2006). Dresen also makes documentaries, as well as working from time to time in theatre. He presented his drama Stopped on Track (2011) in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes. The Legend of Timm Thaler or The Boy Who Sold His Laughter is his first film for children and young adults.

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