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LITTLE GHOST, THE (KLEINE GESPENST, DAS)

LITTLE GHOST, THE
photo © 2012 CWP-Film/Walter Wehner

THE LITTLE GHOST lives in the castle of Eulenstein. It awakens for precisely one hour after the clock strikes midnight. Despite the warnings of a friend, Mr. Tu-Whit Tu-Whoo, the ghost would like to see the world by daylight just once.

Meanwhile, Karl, Hannes and Sophie go on a nightly excursion to the castle, where they have their first encounter with the ghost. The following day, the ghost wakes up at twelve o’clock – noontime. Its joy about this soon passes, as – discolored black by the first sunray – it scares the town’s inhabitants and causes a commotion. Chased by the police, the ghost asks the children for help.

They find out that every ghost follows its own designated clock. Since during the yearly inspection, the town-hall clock was accidentally set wrong by exactly twelve hours, the Little Ghost has been forced to wake up during the day. Karl gets the clockmaker to set the clock right again and at last, the Little Ghost can return home.


Alain Gsponer was born in 1976 in Zurich/Switzerland. He studied Audiovisual Design at the School for Design in Bern and Directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. A selection of his films includes: HEIDI (short, 1998), X FÜR U (short, 2000), HINTER DEM BERG (short, 2001), his graduation film KIKI & TIGER (2002), ROSE (2005), LIFE ACTUALLY (2006), MY WORDS, MY LIES - MY LOVE (2009), GRÜNINGERS FALL (2011), and THE LITTLE GHOST (2013).
Genre Children & Youth, Family Entertainment
Category Feature
Year of Production 2013
Director Alain Gsponer
Screenplay Martin Ritzenhoff
Cinematography Matthias Fleischer
Cast Uwe Ochsenknecht, Herbert Knaup, Bettina Stucky, Stefan Merki, Jonas Holdenrieder, Emily Kusche, Nico Hartung
Producers Uli Putz, Jakob Claussen
Co-Producers Lukas Hobi, Reto Schaerli, Bernhard zu Castell, Franz Kraus, Antonio Exacoustos
Production Company Claussen+Putz Filmproduktion, in co-production with Zodiac Pictures/Zurich, Universum Film, B.A. Produktion/Munich
Length 92 min
Format DCP, color, 1:1.85
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Gijón 2013
Awards Best Film for Those over 12 Years Gijón 2013
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, German Federal Film Board, BKM, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film, German Federal Film Fund, MEDIA, Bundesamt für Kultur (EDI), Zürcher Filmstiftung
German Distributor Universum Film

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