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Kiss Me Frog (Kuess Mich Frosch)

Kiss Me Frog

Lots of girls long for a fairy-tale prince to sweep them off their feet. Not Anna. She'd prefer to find her own path in life first, before some guy turns up out of the blue and turns everything upside down. But then her brother Raoul comes home one day with a frog. Before Raoul can torment the little creature to death, Anna manages to rescue it and remembers the old fairy-tale about the prince who had been turned into a frog. In a light-hearted mood, she picks up the frog and actually kisses it ... and something incredible occurs - the frog is turned back into a prince - into Prince Dietbert von Tuempelberg. Once Anna has recovered from the shock, she realizes that there are certain practical problems to be faced if you are suddenly responsible for a 1000-year-old Frog Prince. For Dietbert, though, far more is at stake. He meets up again with the immortal wizard who put the spell on him, and learns something about the curse that he didn't know before; after 1000 years it is no longer possible for a kiss to turn the frog back into a prince permanently. And in Dietbert's case, those 1000 years are almost over. He can only be saved if he finds a pure young girl who loves him with all her heart. At first it seems as though Dietbert's problems may be over; after all, Anna is the ideal candidate. But somehow it doesn't work out so easily ...


Dagmar Hirtz was born in Aachen and studied Music in Munich. After an apprenticeship in a film processing lab, she worked as an assistant editor, assistant director and production assistant before editing such films as: Maximilian Schell's Erste Liebe, Der Fussgaenger, Der Richter und sein Henker, Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald, and his documentary film Marlene, as well as Margarethe von Trotta's films Die bleierne Zeit, Heller Wahn, and Rosa Luxemburg, among others. In 1984, she began directing, including the films: Unerreichbare Naehe (1984), Moondance (1993), Through Roses (1996), Die Konkurrentin (TV, 1997), Schwiegermutter (TV, 1999), Bella Block - Bitterer Verdacht (TV, 2001), and Kiss Me Frog (Kuess Mich Frosch, 2001). In 1996, she was awarded the Film Prize of the City of Munich for her extensive contribution to German cinema. She was also awarded three German Film Awards for Best Editing for her work on Trotta, Der Richter und sein Henker, and Georg Elser - Einer aus Deutschland.
Category TV Movie
Year of Production 2000
Director Dagmar Hirtz
Screenplay Thomas Brueckner
Cinematography Florian Ballhaus
Nicola Undritz
Annette Focks
Heidrun Brandt
Cast Rita Russek, Matthias Schweighöfer, Rufus Beck, Anja Knauer, Kevin Leisner, Karoline Herfurth
Producer Dagmar Rosenbauer
Production Company MULTIMEDIA Film- und Fernsehproduktion/Erfurt
Length 80 min
Format Super 16, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Stereo
Festivals Gera 2001, Banff 2001, Montevideo 2001, Weimar 2001, Buenos Aires 2001, FICC/IFFS Reggio Calabria 2001
Awards Erich Kaestner Television Award, Golden Sparrow Gera 2001, Student Jury's Prize Banff 2001, Best Film Montevideo 2001
With backing from Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung

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