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Old man Pettson lives in a small, red house, spending his time chopping wood, doing odd jobs, working on his inventions, fishing and taking care of his chickens. It seems he has everything he needs in life. However, sometimes Pettson feels lonely. One day his neighbor, Beda Andersson, who takes care of everything warmheartedly, gives him a small tomcat, so the old man has a bit of company. Pettson names him Findus and raises him lovingly. His happiness is perfect when the small cat begins to speak: it is the start of a wonderful, apparently inseparable friendship.

PETTSON AND FINDUS is based on the Swedish author Sven Nordqvist’s internationally loved children’s books of the same name (translated into more than thirty languages already).

Ali Samadi Ahadi was born in 1972 in Iran and took his final school examinations in Hanover where he also studied Sociology and Electronic Media Design followed by Film in Kassel. He has been working as an independent director and editor since 2000. A selection of his films includes: AFRICA-MAYIBUYE (2002), CULTURE CLAN (2003), LOST CHILDREN (2005, in co-direction with Oliver Stoltz), SALAMI ALEIKUM (2009), THE GREEN WAVE (2010), 45 MINUTES TO RAMALLAH (2013), and PETTSON AND FINDUS (2014).
Genre Family Entertainment
Category Feature
Year of Production 2014
Director Ali Samadi Ahadi
Screenplay Thomas Springer
Cinematography Mathias Neumann
Cast Ulrich Noethen, Marianne Sägebrecht, Max Herbrechter
Producers Thomas Springer, Helmut G. Weber, Helge Sasse, Tania Reichert-Facilides, Sigrid Strohmann
Production Companies Tradewind Pictures/Cologne, Senator Film Produktion, in co-production with Senator Film/Munich, Network Movie, ZDF
Length 86 min
Format DCP, color, 1:1.85
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Giffoni 2014, Goldener Spatz 2014, Cinekid Amsterdam 2014
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, HessenFilm und Medien, MFG Baden-Württemberg, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film, German Federal Film Board, BKM, German Federal Film Fund, MEDIA
German Distributor Senator Film Verleih/Berlin

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