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WEIL ICH SCHÖNER BIN CAUSE I HAVE THE LOOKS 13-year-old Charo seems like a typical Berlin teenager. She’s a student surrounded by good friends and has her eye on the coolest guy in school. But no one knows that Charo has been living in Germany illegally for years, not even her best friend Laura. Problems start to arise when Charo’s mother is caught by the police and wants to take Charo back to Columbia. Charo now needs to trust Laura with her secret because it’s the only way she’ll be able to fight for her future in Germany. Puberty, trust, precarious living conditions and deceit: Based on a true story, CAUSE I HAVE THE LOOKS intertwines a vibrant coming-of-age story with the exceptional situation of illegal immigration. Genre Children & Youth, Coming-of-Age Story, Drama, Educa- tional, Family Entertainment Category Feature Year of Pro- duction 2012 Director Frieder Schlaich Screenplay Claudia Schaefer Director of Photography Benedict Neuenfels Cast Mariangel Böhnke, Mira Aring, Angeles Aparicio, Andrea Sán- chez del Solar, Lavinia Wilson, Mario Golden, Stefan Kolosko, Inka Löwendorf Producers Frieder Schlaich, Irene von Alberti Production Company Filmgalerie 451/Berlin Length 81 min Format HD, DCP, color, 1:1.85 Original Version German, Spanish Subtitled Version English Festivals Achtung Berlin 2012, Filmkunstfest MV-Schwerin 2012, FilmFest Osnabrück 2012, One World Berlin Film Festival 2012, Stockholm Inter- national Film Festival Junior 2013 With backing from BKM, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film  FRIEDER SCHLAICH is a German producer and director. After studying Visual Communication at the Academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg, his debut film HALFMOON, based on writings by Paul Bowles, received numerous awards and international critical acclaim. His subsequent film OTOMO, based on the true story of an African immigrant in Stuttgart, won Best Film at Bergano and the Diversity in Spirit Award at Vancouver in 2000. Since then he has produced films by such diverse artists as Christoph Schlingensief (THE AFRICAN TWIN TOWERS, with Patti Smith, among others) and Werner Schroeter (international co-production NUIT DE CHIEN), Heinz Emigholz (GOFF IN THE DESERT, PARABETON), Irene von Alberti (STADT ALS BEUTE, TANGERINE), Cynthia Beatt (THE INVISIBLE FRAME, starring Tilda Swinton), Elfi Mikesch (MONDO LUX) and Omer Fast (CONTINUITY), among others. World Sales Patra Spanou photo©Filmgalerie451 GFQ 1-2013 39 NEW GERMAN FILMS S.39_WEIL_ICH_SCHOENER_BIN.qxp_Layout 1 21.01.13 08:49 Seite 1