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Help, I'm a Boy! (Hilfe, ich bin ein Junge!)

Help, I'm a Boy!

Eleven-year-old Emma doesn't have it easy. Her mother expects her to always outperform the others, her classmates think she's pushy, and her mean swim coach wants to make an Olympic swimmer out of her, no matter what.

After being harassed yet again by her schoolmate Mickey, Emma wants nothing more than to become a different person. As though by magic, her wish is fulfilled - but not exactly as she wanted: Emma turns into Mickey. And somewhere on the other side of town, Mickey turns into Emma...


Oliver Dommenget was born in 1966 in Berlin. After internships at Studio Hamburg and in the Kamerawerkstatt Theo Rose, he served as a camera assistant for various film and television productions. Since 1991, he has been a freelance cameraman and director of numerous music videos and advertisements. In 1997, he began writing his own scripts and making short films, followed by Film Studies at the University of Hamburg from 1998-2000. His films include: the shorts November (1997), Zugroulette (1998), Verrat (1999) - winner of the German Film School Award in Bronze, Martas Toechter (1999), 3 Tage 44 (2000), winner of the Studio Hamburg Promotion Prize, Wilder Hafen Ehe (2000) and Help, I'm a Boy! (Hilfe, ich bin ein Junge!, 2002).
Category Feature
Year of Production 2001
Director Oliver Dommenget
Screenplay Astrid Stroeher
Cinematography Georgij Pestov
Monika Suchard
Robert Schulte Hemming, Jens Langbein
Sonja Stroemer
Cast Pinkas Braun, Philipp Blank, Nick Seidensticker, Sarah Hannemann, Dominique Horwitz, Nina Petri
Producer Dirk R. Duewel
Production Company Studio Hamburg/Hamburg, in co-production with NDR/Hamburg, Bayerischer Rundfunk, VCC Perfect Pictures/Hamburg
Length 90 min
Format Super 16
Original Version
 German
Sound Technology Optical
Festivals Berlin 2002 (Children's Film Fest), Giffoni 2002, Kolkata 2003
With backing from Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, BKM, Kuratorium junger deuter Film
German Distributor MFA Film, Munich

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