Film Info: Mein Bruder ist ein Hund

My Brother is a Dog (Mein Bruder ist ein Hund)

My Brother is a Dog
Scene from "My Brother is a Dog" (photo © Tradewind Pictures/Bernd Spauke)

There's nothing that ten-year-old Marietta wants more for her birthday than a little dog. But what does she get instead? A silly old rock. Except that this rock is special: it fulfills its owner's greatest wish. And sure enough, one morning Marietta wakes up to find a little dog waiting to play with her. But when she notices that her four-year-old brother Tobias is missing, she realizes that he has been transformed into the dog! With their parents away and grandma too obsessed with cleaning to notice that anything's wrong, Marietta begins to feel lonely and does her best to turn "Tobi" the dog back into "Tobias" the boy. But Tobias apparently likes being a dog, especially after a film crew discovers the talented mutt and offers him a role in a production. Back from their vacation, Marietta's parents desperately begin to search for Tobias, since they obviously don't believe their daughter's tall tale. Realizing how much she misses Tobias, Marietta gathers all her courage to rescue him from the canine chaos he's gotten himself into and to bring her whole family happily back together again.

Family entertainment has always been a specialty of director Peter Timm, from the hit "German reunification" comedy Go Trabi Go" (1991) to the successful children's feature Rudi the Racing Pig (1995), and to the enchanting My Brother is a Dog with its irresistible young leads, both human and animal!

Peter Timm was born in East Germany in 1950. In 1969, he began studies at the East Berlin Drama School. In 1976, he moved to Frankfurt and started working as a writer, actor and director. In 1981, he wrote the screenplay for the award-winning Meier, which he filmed four years later. His other films include: Fifty Fifty (1988), Go, Trabi, Go (1991), Manta - der Film (1991), Pauline In Between (Ein Mann fuer jede Tonart, 1992), Simply Love (Einfach nur Liebe, 1993), Rudy, The Racing Pig (Rennschwein Rudi Ruessel, 1995), The Cleaning Ladies Island (Die Putzfraueninsel, 1996), Dumm gelaufen (1996), Ferkel Fritz (TV, 1997), Millennium Love (TV, 1998), Der Zimmerspringbrunnen (2001), Familie XXL (2002), My Brother is a Dog (Mein Bruder ist ein Hund, 2004), Rudy - The Return of the Racing Pig (Rennschwein Rudi Ruessel 2, 2006), and Beloved Berlin Wall (Liebe Mauer, 2009).
Category Feature
Year of Production 2004
Director Peter Timm
Screenplay Thomas Springer
Cinematography Achim Poulheim
Barbara Hennings
Bob & Barn
Monika Bauert
Cast Maria Ehrich, Irm Hermann, Christine Neubauer, Martin Lindow, Gary Lewis
Producers Thomas Springer, Helmut G. Weber
Production Company Tradewind Pictures/Cologne, in co-production with Bos Bros. Film-TV Productions/Hilversum, Film & Music Entertainment/London, WDR/Cologne
Length 96 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Rio 2004, Oulu 2004 (In Competition), Black Nights Talinn 2004, Chicago Children's FF 2005, Rio 2009
Awards Best Film Chicago 2005
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, BKM, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film, Nederlands fonds voor de film, MEDIA
German Distributor Solo Film Verleih/Munich

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