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The romantic, breathtaking landscape of the Mediterranean coast in the 1930s: After the death of his mother, 12-year-old Branko goes looking for his father, a traveling fiddler, in a nearby coastal town, but his father is long gone. When Branko snatches a fish from the local market, he gets nabbed by fish merchant Karaman - only to be freed by 14-year-old Red Zora, the leader of a gang of outlaw orphan kids with a hideout in the ruins of a castle. Chased by the rich kids of the town's well-to-do families, Karaman and the local police, Zora's gang strikes back with ingenuity and camraderie. Zora begins to discover her feelings for Branko, while he has a crush on the beautiful, violin-playing Zlata - who turns out to be the daughter of the mayor Ivekovic. The gang on the run soon finds its future at stake in the greatest adventure of their lives.

RED ZORA is a star-studded German adaptation of the beloved international youth cult novel, which has been translated into 20 languages and published in 20 territories worldwide.

Peter Kahane was born in 1949 in Prague. After studying Languages, he worked as an assistant director for the DEFA and studied Directing at the Academy of Film & Television (HFF) in Potsdam-Babelsberg. Also active as a screenwriter, his films include: Ete und Ali (1980), Weiberwirtschaft (1983), Die Architekten (1990), Cosimas Lexikon (1992), and Red Zora (Die Rote Zora, 2007).
Category Feature
Year of Production 2007
Director Peter Kahane
Screenplay Ronald Kruschak, Peter Kahane, Christian Zübert
Cinematography Dragan Rogulj
Gudrun Steinbrueck-Plenert
Detlef F. Petersen
Aleksandar Denic
Cast Ben Becker, Dominique Horwitz, Jakob Knoblauch, Linn Reusse, Mario Adorf
Producers Malte Grunert, Claudia Schroeder, Ronald Kruschak
Production Company Studio Hamburg Produktion/Hamburg, in co-production with Sonet Film/Stockholm, NDR/Hamburg, ARRI Media, Studio Hamburg Distribution & Marketing/Hamburg, Studio Hamburg Traumfabrik/Hamburg
Length 99 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Shanghai 2008, Giffoni 2008
Awards Golden Gryphon (First Screens) Giffoni 2008
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, BKM, MSH Schleswig-Holstein, Film I Vaest

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