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MY FRIEND RAFFI (RETTET RAFFI)

MY FRIEND RAFFI
photo © Mimi & Crow Film

Sammy is eight years old. He lives with his mother Helene and his sister Molly. Sammy’s father left the family a year ago, as he needed some “time off”. Before he left he gave Sammy a present: a hamster named Raffi. The little rodent is something very special. Not only can he kick goals with a football but he can also sniff out smuggled goods. Raffi and Sammy are best friends. However, one day Raffi is ill and it turns out to be worse than anyone thought: a heart disease, which needs to be operated. This, being bad enough as it is, gets worse when Raffi is suddenly gone! Raffi is stolen by Rocky, a ruthless criminal. As Helene is busy working and Molly prefers spending time with her boyfriend, Sammy secretly begins his search for Raffi alone. He is worried about his little hamster, and his search soon turns out to be an odyssey through the big city of Hamburg. In the end, and after a tremendous and long search, Sammy reaches the famous hamster show. However, suddenly everyone wants Raffi: the show-master, Rocky and Sammy himself. Can Sammy stand up against all grown-ups? Can he save Raffi?


Arend Agthe studied German Literature, Philosophy and Drama in Frankfurt. After working as a cartoonist and journalist he became a writer and director for cinema and TV. In 2012 he founded, together with his wife Bettina Kupfer, the Mimi & Crow Filmproduktion to produce MY FRIEND RAFFI, based on the novel he and his wife wrote together. A selection of his other films includes: RIVERTRIP WITH A HEN (1984), FALCON SUMMER SKY (1987), YEARS OF WONDER (1989), KARAKUM (1993), and OVER THE SEA TO FREEDOM (2011).
Genre Adventure, Children & Youth, Family Entertainment
Category Feature
Year of Production 2015
Director Arend Agthe
Screenplay Arend Agthe, Bettina Kupfer
Cinematography Thomas Benesch
Cast Bettina Kupfer, Nicolaus von der Recke, Albert Kitzl, Sophie Lindenberg, Henriette Heinze, Claes Bang, Josef Ostendorf, Rainer Strecker, Dirk Martens, Philip Schmitz-Elsen, Martin Dudeck, Genia Karasek
Producer Bettina Kupfer
Production Company Mimi & Crow Filmproduktion/Hamburg, in co-production with NDR/Hamburg, KiKA/Leipzig
Length 93 min
Format color, 1:1.78
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals FIFEM Montreal 2015, Kristiansand 2015, Zlín 2015, International Children's Film Carnival Hong Kong 2015, Children's Film Festival Munich 2015, International Childre's Film Festival Brussels 2015, Jerusalem 2015, La Matatena Mexico City 2015, 11th Festival of German Films Ludwigshafen 2015, Kinderfilmtage Nuremberg 2015, International Film Festival for Children and Young People in Armenia 2015, PIPI KIDS Film Festival New Zealand 2015, Freiburger Filmfest 2015, Children's and Youth Film Festival "Michel" 2015, Juniorfest Pilsen 2015, Seoul Guro International Kids Film Festival 2015, Tumbleweeds Children's Film Festival 2015, Kinderfilmfest Münster 2015, Kassel 2015, Bremen 2015, Göttingen 2015, Cinepaenz Cologne 2015, Schlingel 2015, Kinderfest Ruhrgebiet 2015, Kinderfest Augsburg 2015, Mumbai 2015, Kolkata 2015, Olympia International Film Festival for Children & Young People 2015, Lahore International Children’s Film Festival 2015, Ale Kino! Poznan 2015, Golden Elephant International Children's Film Festival India (ICFFI) 2015, Fünf Seen - Kinder und Jugendfilmfestival 2015, Black Nights Tallinn 2015, International Children's Film Festival Delhi 2015, International Children's Film Festival Bangladesh 2016, CINI Peru 2016, Zeitgeist Northwest Portland 2016, Luxembourg City Film Festival 2016, Busan International Kids & Youth Film Festival 2016, Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis Saarbrücken 2016, PLAY – 3º Lisbon 2016, Portland Youth Festival 2016, Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival 2016, Cyprus Film Days 2016, Dreamfest Bucharest 2016, Children's IFF Dubai 2016, RABAZZ Leipzig 2016, Tel Aviv International Film Festival for Children & Youth 2016, Into Film Festival London 2016, Augenblick Alsace 2016, Sarajevo 2016, Kolibri La Paz 2016, EURASIA International Film Festival Almaty 2016, Pulica in the Coat 2016, KINOFEST Seattle 2016, EURASIA International Film Festival 2016, OSU International Film Festival Oregon 2016, Chulpicine Film Festival Ecuador 2017, Vittorio Veneto Film Festival – Festival di cinema per ragazzi 2017, Kid Film Fest/USA Film Fest Texas 2017, A-Fest Film Albania 2017, IFF for Children & Young Adults in Iran 2017, Bridge of Arts MIFF 2017
Awards Audience Award Munich 2015, Audience Award Nuremberg 2015, Children's Jury Award Bremen 2015, Audience Award Kinderfilmfestival Hof 2016, Audience Award Luxembourg City Film Festival 2016, Best Film Dream Bucharest 2016, Best Children's Film EURASIA Almaty 2016, Audience Award Vittorio Veneto Film Festival 2017
With backing from Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, MFG Baden-Württemberg, German Federal Film Fund, BKM, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film, German Federal Film Board
German Distributor MFA+ FilmDistribution/Regensburg

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