Fritzi – A Revolutionary Tale (Fritzi – Eine Wendewundergeschichte)
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From: Wednesday, November 18, 7:00pm EST
To: Friday, November 20, 11:59pm EST
Germany/Luxembourg/Belgium/Czech Republic, 2019, 80 min., Director: Matthias Bruhn & Ralf Kukula, Screenplay: Beate Völcker, Péter Palátsik
Based on the novel Fritzi war dabei by Hanna Schott and Gerda Raidt.
In German with English subtitles.
Rated: G (General Audiences)
East Germany, 1989. Summertime. No one knows the Iron Curtain is about to fall. When twelve-year-old Fritzi's best friend Sophie goes on vacation to Hungary with her family, she leaves her little dog Sputnik with her. Fritzi lovingly takes care of Sputnik, who misses Sophie a lot. When school starts again in fall, however, Sophie doesn't come back. Fritzi has to face up to the fact Sophie’s mother has stayed in Hungary with her daughter, like so many other East Germans hoping to reach the West from there.
By chance, Fritzi stumbles into a demonstration. The people around her are taking a risk and they are committed to changing things in their country. Fritzi gets inspired and now knows exactly what she has to do: She has to help Sputnik to get back to Sophie - no matter what! She got a postcard from Sophie from West-Germany, so she has a lead. With the help of her classmate Bela, she tries to follow Sputnik across the heavily-guarded border on her own.
Historically accurate, authentic, and with lots of rich period detail and atmosphere, this moving animated film for the whole family retells the story of the peaceful revolution of 1989 from a child's perspective. An entertaining and exciting tale of the Fall of the Wall, and of the people who were brave enough to change the world, which will make a lasting impression, not only on young viewers.
Matthias Bruhn was born in 1962 in Bielefeld. He studied Graphic-Design in Dusseldorf and worked as a freelancing animator and director from 1992 to 1998. Since 1998 he is CEO (together with Richard Lutterbeck), Art Director and Director of TrickStudio Lutterbeck GmbH in Cologne. He directed over 25 short films, as well as TV-Specials, spot-productions & commercials. Fritzi is his second animated feature after Molly Monster (2016). His productions were awarded with dozens of national and international awards.
Ralf Kukula was born 1962 in Dresden. Based on his evening course studies in Painting and Graphics in Dresden and his studies at the University for Film and Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg, Kukula started to work as an animator at DEFA-Studio for animated movies.
1993 he founded Balance Film GmbH with focus on the development and production of animated movies and documentary for cinema and television.
With his voluntary work, for instance as a cofounder of Filmverband Sachsen, he contributes a crucial part to the German film industry. He is also a member of DEFA-Stiftung of the Saxon Culture Senate and the Saxon Academy of Arts.