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Secondhand Child (Wer kuesst schon einen Leguan?)

Secondhand Child
Scene from "Seconhand Child" (photo © Kinderfilm GmbH/Joseph Wolfsberg)

Tobias is 13-years-old. Up until now, life hasn't treated him so well. He doesn't even know who his father is. His mother Anja can't cope with her own life. Her new boyfriend Fritze makes it even worse as he's anything but a good role model for Tobias. Tobias feels lonely. Since his mother never has any time for him, Tobias has had to learn to get along by himself. Still, a real family, one which offers love and security, would be a dream-come-true for him. Tobias is having a hard time at school, too. His "friends" make fun of him because he has no money, no trendy clothes, no dad. Then, all of a sudden, Max, a free-spirited young man moves into a flat in Tobias' house. "What about a father like him? That would be great!" Tobias thinks. Max even has a live iguana in his luggage – from South America.


Karola Hattop was born in 1949 in Berlin and studied at the \"Konrad Wolf\" Academy of Film & Television (HFF/B) in Potsdam-Babelsberg. Since then, she has been working as a director for film and television. A selection of her films includes: Eine schoene Bescherung (1984), Elefant im Krankenhaus (1991), Ich schenk Dir meinen Mann (1998), Secondhand Child (Wer kuesst schon einen Leguan?, 2003), Unsere zehn Gebote (2007), Wie verfuehr\' ich meinen Ehemann (2007), and Mystery of Morphus (Das Morphus-Geheimnis, 2008).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2003
Director Karola Hattop
Screenplay Michael Demuth
Cinematography Konstantin Kröning
Uta Ayoub, Alexandra Huth
Eike Hosenfeld, Moritz Denis
Thomas Knappe, Friederike Tabea May
Cast Michael von Au, Frederick Lau, Antje Westermann, Justine del Corte, Mario Irrek, Carina Hinzen
Producer Ingelore König
Production Company Kinderfilm/Erfurt, in co-production with MDR
Length 89 min
Format color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Chemnitz 2003, Luenen 2003, Augsburg 2003, Montreal International Children's Film Festival 2004, "Tuersak" Istanbul 2004, Zlín 2004, Carrousel Rimouski 2004, AFI Fest Los Angeles 2004
Awards European Children Film Prize & Audience Award Chemnitz 2003, Government of Quebec Prize Montreal 2003, EMIL Best Young Actor 2004, Robert Geisendoerfer-Prize 2004
With backing from Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung

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