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LEGEND OF TIM THALER OR THE BOY WHO SOLD HIS LAUGHTER, THE (TIMM THALER ODER DAS VERKAUFTE LACHEN)

LEGEND OF TIM THALER OR THE BOY WHO SOLD HIS LAUGHTER, THE
photo © 2016 Constantin Film Verleih/Gordon Mühle

Timm Thaler is poor, but he laughs a lot, and often. His laughter is so charming and contagious that the diabolical Baron Lefuet wants, at all costs, to have it for himself. And so the world's richest man makes the boy a dubious offer: if Timm agrees to sell him his laugh, he'll win every bet he ever makes in the future. After hesitating at first, Timm signs the contract. But, although he can now seemingly fulfill his every wish, without his laugh, he is a different person. Of all of Timm's friends, only Ida and Kreschimir continue to stick with him. Together they hope to rescue Timm from the clutches of the baron and, through a clever trick, win back his his inimitable laugh.


Andreas Dresen was born 1963 in Gera. He studied Directing at the "Konrad Wolf" University of Film & Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg. Since 1992, he has been working as a writer and director for film, TV and theater. A selection of his award-winning films includes: SILENT COUNTRY (STILLES LAND, 1992), NIGHT SHAPES (NACHTGESTALTEN, 1998), THE POLICEWOMAN (DIE POLIZISTIN, 2000), GRILL POINT (HALBE TREPPE, 2001), VOTE FOR HENRYK! (HERR WICHMANN VON DER CDU, 2003), WILLENBROCK (2004), SUMMER IN BERLIN (SOMMER VORM BALKON, 2005), CLOUD 9 (WOLKE 9, 2008), WHISKY WITH VODKA (WHISKY MIT WODKA, 2009), STOPPED ON TRACK (HALT AUF FREIER STRECKE, 2011), AS WE WERE DREAMING (ALS WIR TRÄUMTEN, 2015), and THE LEGEN OF TIMM THALER OR THE BOY WHO SOLD HIS LAUGHTER (TIMM THALER ODER DAS VERKAUFTE LACHEN, 2017).
Genre Family Entertainment
Category Feature
Year of Production 2017
Director Andreas Dresen
Screenplay Alexander Adolph
Cinematography Michael Hammon
Cast Arved Friese, Justus von Dohnányi, Axel Prahl, Andreas Schmidt, Jule Hermann, Charly Hübner, Nadja Uhl, Steffi Kühnert, Emil von Schönfels, Bjarne Mädel, Fritzi Haberlandt, Harald Schmidt
Producer Oliver Berben
Production Company Constantin Film Produktion
Length 102 min
Format DCP, color, cs
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Bucheon 2017, Chicago Int. Children's FF 2017
Awards Children’s Jury Prize Chicago 2017
With backing from Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Board, German Federal Film Fund
German Distributor Constantin Film Verleih

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