Film The Legend of Timm Thaler or the Boy who sold his Laughter

The Legend of Timm Thaler..., film still: a boy wearing a uniform talks to a man and a woman © 2016 Constantin Film Verleih GmbH / Gordon Mühle

Wed, 04.10.2017

New Plymouth, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

Len Lye Centre
42 Queen St
New Plymouth

Germany 2016 (Family)

Awards (selection): Goldener Spatz 2017 (Best Actor)
Director: Andreas Dresen
Screenplay: Alexander Adolph, based on the novel by James Krüss
Cinematography: Michael Hammon
Editor: Jörg Hauschild
Music: Johannes Repka
With: Arved Friese, Justus von Dohnányi, Axel Prahl, Andreas Schmidt, Charly Hübner, Nadja Uhl, Fritzi Haberlandt
Producer: Oliver Berben
Duration: 102 mins
Language: German with English subtitles
Rating: PG – coarse language & some scenes may scare very young children
Timm Thaler is poor, but he laughs a lot, and often. His laughter is so charming and contagious that the diabolical Baron Lefuet wants, at all costs, to have it for himself. And so the world’s richest man makes the boy a dubious offer: if Timm agrees to sell him his laugh, he’ll win every bet he ever makes in the future. After hesitating at first, Timm signs the contract. But though he can now seemingly fulfil his every wish, without his laugh, he is a different person. Of all Timm’s friends, only Ida and the hotel bar keeper Kreschimir continue to stick with him. Together they hope to rescue Timm from the clutches of the baron and, through a clever trick, win back his inimitable laugh.
Text: Beta Cinema