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One day, poor old toymaker Geppetto finds a piece of pine-wood. He carves it into a puppet, which he names Pinocchio. Geppetto is delighted when his puppet suddenly comes to life, but Pinocchio is full of reckless whims and wild ideas. Before long, his crazy escapades cause considerable damage in the village, causing big problems for Geppetto – who loses his temper with his "son". Pinocchio runs away from home and winds up in a series of madcap adventures: He meets the puppeteer Mangiafuoco, who almost throws him into the fire; he is tricked by two petty gangsters, the Fox and the Cat; he is abducted and transformed into a donkey by an evil coachman – and then sold to a circus-owner, who wants to turn him into salami. Meanwhile, Geppetto is searching desperately for Pinocchio, and ends up being swallowed by a whale. But at the end of a long, adventurous journey, Pinocchio – having learned how to be considerate and courageous – manages to rescue his "father" from the whale and becomes a real boy.

PINOCCHIO is partly animated and features a cute, modern Pinocchio alongside some of Germany’s most acclaimed actors, led by Mario Adorf, best-known for his appearance in the Academy Award®-winning THE TIN DRUM, Inka Friedrich (SUMMER IN BERLIN), Sandra Hüller (RÉQUIEM), Ulrich Tukur (THE WHITE RIBBON) and Benjamin Sadler (DRESDEN), in a suspenseful and humorous adventure.

Anna Justice was born in Münster. After traveling to Los Angeles to complete her education as a translator, she remained there for five years and gained first experience in the film business. She then studied Filmmaking at the German Film & Television Academy Berlin (DFFB) and attended screenwriting courses with Frank Daniel and Don Bohlinger. Since 1997, she has been working as a director and scriptwriter. A selection of her award-winning films includes: TUT MIR LEID WEGEN GESTERN, DER SOMMER MIT BOILER, GEFÜHLE IM STURM, ICH LIEBE DAS LEBEN, NOCH EINMAL LIEBEN, MAX MINSKY AND ME, REMEMBRANCE, and PINOCCHIO.
Genre Family Entertainment, Literature
Category Feature
Year of Production 2014
Director Anna Justice
Screenplay Anna Justice, Alexandra Maxeiner
Cinematography Mathias Neumann
Cast Mario Adorf, Ulrich Tukur, Benjamin Sadler, Inka Friedrich, Florian Lukas, Sandra Hüller
Producer Michael Smeaton
Production Company FFP New Media/Cologne, in co-production with WDR
Length 100 min
Format DCP, color, 1:1.85
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Shanghai 2014, Chicago International Children's Film Festival 2014
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW

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