GERMAN CURRENTS CHILDREN'S MATINEE
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Germany (2017), 102 min. DCP Projection
German with English Subtitles
Director: Andreas Dresen
Screenplay: Alexander Adolph
Cinematography: Michael Hammon
Cast: Arved Friese, Justus von Dohnányi, Charly Hübner, Jule Hermann, Axel Prahl, Andreas Schmidt, Nadja Uhl, Steffi Kühnert, Bjarne Mädel, Fritzi Haberlandt
Producer: Oliver Berben
Production: Company Constantin Film Produktion in co-production with ZDF, ARRI Media, B.A. Produktion, Trixter Film, Cinemendo, Rolize GmbH & Co.
From a poor family, Timm Thaler (Friese) seems to have few reasons to laugh. After his father passes away, the young boy must live with his mean stepmother, Lydia (Kühnert). Nevertheless, Timm stays positive, and with the help of his friends Ida (Hermann), and Kreschimir (Hübner), he always remembers to laugh. His laughter is so extraordinarily charming that the mysterious Baron Lefuet wants it for himself at all costs. The diabolical Baron promises Timm that he will never lose another bet in his life if he signs his laugh over to him. Shortly after agreeing to the deal, Timm has everything he could dream of, but as the stakes grow higher, Timm learns that winning isn’t everything. Ultimately, only his true friends can help him break away from the Baron’s devilish schemes and, through a clever trick, win back his laugh. James Krüss’ celebrated 1962 children’s novel about the true nature of happiness comes to life in Director Andreas Dresen’s award winning, good-hearted fantasy for the whole family.
Content advisory: Contains scenes of slight danger and supernatural powers.
This screening is free for the general public on a first come, first served basis. Seating is extremely limited. Confirmed reservation required.
- Chicago International Children’s Film Festival 2017 – Children’s Jury Prize
- Kinofest Lünen 2017 – School Film Prize 10+
- International Film Festival for Children and Young Audiences Schlingel, Chemnitz 2017– Goethe-Institut Youth and Children’s Film Award
- Goldener Spatz 2017 – Best Actor, Arved Friese
- (FBW): Prädikat Wertvoll
was born 1963 in Gera, Germany and studied Directing at the "Konrad Wolf" University of Film & Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg. Since 1992, he works as a writer and director for film, TV and theater. A selection of his award-winning films includes: STILLES LAND
(1998), HALBE TREPPE
(2004), SOMMER VORM BALKON
(2005), WOLKE 9
(2008), HALT AUF FREIER STRECKE
(2011), and ALS WIR TRÄUMTEN
(2015). THE LEGEND OF TIMM THALER
(2017) is Dresen’s first children’s film.
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