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PEPPERCORNS AND THE CURSE OF THE BLACK KING, THE (PFEFFERKÖRNER UND DER FLUCH DES SCHWARZEN KÖNIGS, DIE)

PEPPERCORNS AND THE CURSE OF THE BLACK KING, THE
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On their class trip, Mia and Basti investigate a mysterious curse. Did farm boy Luca bring the curse of the Black King on his family when he was trying to find the fabled hoard? Together they uncover an evil plot…

12-year-old Mia and her classmate Basti take a class trip to the Gruber family’s mountain ranch, where they begin to suspect something’s fishy: Mysterious witching symbols appear, the Gruber’s cattle falls sick, the well water turns black and the barn burns down. What the heck is going on here? Are they being haunted by an evil mountain spirit? Or is someone trying to put the Grubers out of business? Mia and Basti get unexpected support from their new classmate Johannes, whom Mia can’t stand because she thinks he’s full of himself. But Johannes soon turns out to be a brilliant logical thinker. Together they follow their handful of clues and leads: How did the poison the kids found wind up in the stable? What is the new cook hiding, and why? And what about the Mayor, who wants to get at the Gruber’s property? Young Luca Gruber blames himself for trying to find the fabled Hoard of the Black King up on the mountain. Did he bring the curse of the Black King on his family? But Mia is too sensible to believe in fairy tales...


Christian Theede was born in 1972 and studied Literature and Theater in Tübingen before taking up studies in Film & Television in Dortmund and Cologne. Also active as a writer, his film work includes: various successful comedy formats, music videos, TV movies and series such as HANS IN LUCK, TILL EULENSPIEGEL, ALARM FOR COBRA 11, and TATORT, and the features IM WEISSEN RÖSSL, TIME HEROES, and THE PEPPERCORNS AND THE CURSE OF THE BLACK KING.
Genre Adventure, Children & Youth
Category Feature
Year of Production 2017
Director Christian Theede
Screenplay Dirk Ahner
Cinematography Ngo The Chau
Cast Marleen Quentin, Ruben Storck, Leo Gapp, Luke Matt Röntgen, Emilia Flint, Devid Striesow, Stephan Luca
Producers Michael Lehmann, Kerstin Ramcke, Holger Ellermann
Co-Producers Sonja Ewers, Marc Gabizon
Production Company Letterbox Filmproduktion/Hamburg, in co-production with Senator Film Produktion, NDR/Hamburg
Length 97 min
Format DCP, color, 1:2.39
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital 5.1
Festivals Chicago Int. Children's FF 2017
With backing from Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, German Federal Film Fund, German Federal Film Board, IDM Südtirol – Alto Adige, MIBAC
German Distributor Wild Bunch Germany

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