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Blind Flyers, The (Blindgaenger, Die)

Blind Flyers, The
Ricarda Ramuenke (photo © Kinderfilm GmbH/Joseph Wolfsberg)

Marie and Inga, both 13, have been best friends for a long time. Like all girls their age, they share the same problems: boys, their looks, the teachers. They do not differ from other teenagers except in one way: they are blind. They live in a boarding school for the blind and they love music. When they hear that a school band is recruiting extras for a TV contest, they get carried away. The others agree at the audition that the girls are talented but their blindness is not a media asset.

Then Marie’s life suddenly takes a new turn when she helps a young Russian émigré to hide from the police. Herbert wants to return to his homeland, against his father's wish, but needs money for his ticket. Inga comes up with the idea that the three play music on the streets: "The Blind Flyers" are a success and make money but their luck is short-lived.


Bernd Sahling was born in 1961 in Naumburg and studied at the “Konrad Wolf" University of Film & Television (HFF/B) in Potsdam-Babelsberg from 1986-1991. After his studies, he worked as a freelance writer and director before receiving a scholarship to attend Columbia College in Chicago and Northwestern University. Since 1999, he has been conducting seminars and workshops on children's films. A selection of his films includes: SONG FOR ANNE (LIED FUER ANNE, short, 1985), BOOMERANG (BUMERANG, short, 1986), EVERYTHING GETS WELL (ALLES WIRD GUT, TV, 1990), THE CAT’S NEST (IM NEST DER KATZE, TV, 1991), WAITING FOR HEALTH (WARTEN AUF GESUNDHEIT, short, 1994), RAILROAD JUNCTION (IM GLEISDREIECK, 1995), HIGH SCHOOL (GYMNASIUM, TV, 1999), THE BLIND FLYERS (DIE BLINDGÄNGER, 2004), and UPSIDEdown (KOPFÜBER, 2012).
Genre Coming-of-Age Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 2004
Director Bernd Sahling
Screenplay Bernd Sahling, Helmut Dziuba
Cinematography Peter Ziesche
Karola Mittelstaedt
Christian Steyer
Agi Dawaachu
Cast Dominique Horwitz, Ricarda Ramuenke, Maria Rother, Dennis Ritter, Oleg Rabcuk, Dieter Montag
Producer Ingelore König
Production Company Kinderfilm/Erfurt, in cooperation with ZDF
Length 88 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, Spanish
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Berlin 2004 (Kinderfilmfest), Zlín 2004, Munich 2004, BUFF Malmo 2004, Cinemagic Belfast 2004, Oulu 2004, London 2004, Chicago 2004, Cinekid Amsterdam 2004, Carrousel Rimouski 2004, BUSTER Copenhagen 2004, Sarajevo 2004, Montevideo 2004, Poznan Alé Kino 2004, "Tuersak" Instanbul 2004, Barnefilm Kristiansand 20047, Muenster 2004, Sprockets Toronto 2009
Awards Special Mention Berlin 2004, Main Prize 2004 Zlín Town of Zlín Award 2004, Euro Kids Film Award 2004, German Film Award 2004 for Best Childrens' Film, First Prize Chicago 2004, Humanitas Camerio Rimouski 2004, CIFEJ Award Montevideo 2004, "Jule" First Prize Muenster 2004
With backing from BKM, Mitteldeutsche Medienfoerderung, Filmboard Berlin-Brandenburg, EKD
German Distributor MFA+ FilmDistribution/Regensburg

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