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Sun, 10/15/2023

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Goethe-Institut LA Project Space


This film is presented as a free in-person family matinee on Sunday, October 15th @ 11:00 AM at the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles.

Admission is free with RSVP below. Capacity is limited. 
RSVP holders will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Light refreshments provided

FREE TICKETS - MISSION ULJA FUNK Germany (2021), 91 min., German/Polish/Russian with English Subtitles
Writer-Director: Barbara Kronenberg, Cinematography: Konstantin Kröning, Cast: Romy Lou Janinhoff, Jonas Oeßel, Hildegard Schroedter, Luc Feit, Anja Schneider, Ivan Shvedoff, Christina Große, Janina Elkin, Peter Trabner, Martina Eitner-Acheampong, Producers: Roshanak Behesht Nedjad, Co-Producers: Bernard Michaux, Joanna Szymańska, Production Company: In Good Company GmbH, Samsa Film, Shipsboy.

Out in the endless expanses of space, the small asteroid VR-24-17-20 is speeding toward Earth. This event is neither dangerous nor extremely unusual. What is unusual is that VR-24-17-20 was discovered by 12-year-old aspiring astronomer Ulja Funk (Janinhoff). From her home in central Germany, Ulja has calculated the time and place of impact of VR 24-17-20. It will hit in less than four days in Pâtzschurk, Belarus. Failing to convince her family and the town of her remarkable discovery, Ulja takes matters into her own hands and recruits her 13-year-old classmate, Henk (Jonas Oeßel), for a road trip across Europe in a stolen hearse.

The unlikely duo has 20 hours to cross Germany and Poland and reach the impact site, but Ulja’s conservative grandmother and her church community are quickly on the path to catch up with them. What follows is an off-beat, fast-paced chase, with colorful stops along the way, where the town’s hypocrites are exposed, and divided families, friends, and nations are reunited. Winner of the 2023 German Film Award for Best Children’s Film, Writer-Director Barbara Kronenberg’s debut feature is a wild, slightly unorthodox ride that is fun for the whole family.

German Film Award 2023: Best Children’s Film
FBW 2021: Prädikat: besonders wertvoll
Filmkunstmesse Leipzig 2021: Gilde Filmpreis, Best Children’s Film.
FF München 2021: One-Future-Preis – Honorable Mention
FF München - Kinderfilmfest 2021: Kinder-Medien-Prize,  Best New Actor
Deutsches Kinder Medien Festival Goldener Spatz 2021: Goldener Spatz Award, Best feature Film

GC2023-Barbara_Kronenberg Barbara Kronenberg was born in Bochum, Gemany. She was a software developer before earning a bachelor’s degree in media production and going on to study screenwriting & directing at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. Her graduation film, DIE BALLADE VON ELLA PLUMMHOFF, has screened at various international festivals. Kronenberg is an alumna of the Akademie für Kindermedien and Serial Eyes, a European training program for television writers and producers. MISSION ULJA FUNK is her feature-film debut.

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The German Currents Film Festival is produced by the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles and the American Cinematheque in kind cooperation with the German Consulate General, and with the support of The Friends of GoetheThe Hollywood Foreign Press AssociationELMA, and the German Film Office

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