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Children of the Moon (Mondscheinkinder)

Children of the Moon
Scene from "Children of the Moon" (photo © Luna Film)

Astronaut Paul flies to the moon. Lisa, a scientist, accompanies him. Every afternoon, the 12-year-old has an appointment with her brother Paul (6). He is suffering the incurable "Disease of the Moon" and has to stay inside the house. As a pastime, Lisa has invented a fantasy game, and in their imagination Paul is a spaceship captain and traveling around, lost in space. But when Lisa falls in love for the first time, another appointment is getting in the way, and becoming more and more important. Brother and sister have to learn to adapt with the new reality.


Manuela Stacke was born in 1970 in Heidelberg. After studies in Theater, Film, and Media as well as Education Science of Art in Erlangen and Frankfurt/Main, she enrolled at the Munich Academy of Television and Film to study Documentary Film and TV Journalism. From 2003 through 2004, she worked as an assistant director to George Tabori, Peter Zadek, and Rolf Krieg at the Berliner Ensemble. As a freelancer, she writes and directs for the German TV broadcasters RBB, SWR, and BR. Children of the Moon (Mondscheinkinder, 2006) is her first feature and graduation film from the Munich Academy of Television and Film.
Genre Animation, Drama, Coming-of-Age Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 2006
Director Manuela Stacke
Screenplay Katrin Milhahn
Cinematography Alexander Sass
Dirk Schreier
Nicolas Nohn, Emannuel Hoisl
Tom Hornig
Cast Leonie Krahl, Lucas Calmus, Lucas Hardt, Renate Krößner, Walter Kreye
Producer Gudrun Ruzicková-Steiner
Production Company Luna-Film/Berlin, in co-production with RBB, SWR/Stuttgart, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München (HFF/M), Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
Length 87 min
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Ophuels Festival Saarbruecken 2006, Emden 2006, Giffoni 2006, Munich 2006, Schlingel Chemnitz 2006, Chicago Children's FF 2006, Istanbul Children's FF 2006, Cinemagic 2006, London Children's FF 2006, Tallinn Black Nights 2006, Worldfest Houston 2007, Shanghai 2007, Havana 2007
Awards Audience Award Saarbruecken 2006, GFP Promotion Prize Emden 2006, Platinum Remi Houston 2007
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, BKM
German Distributor Piffl Medien/Berlin

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