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Scene from TOYLAND (photo © Steffen Schencker/Mephisto Film)

Germany 1942: In order to protect her son, Marianne Meissner tried to make him believe that the Jewish neighbors are going on a journey to 'Toyland'. One morning her son has disappeared - the Jewish neighbors too.

TOYLAND is a film about guilt, responsibility, and lies, both big and small.

Jochen Alexander Freydank was born in 1967 in East Berlin. He started his career in the early 90s as an editor and assistant director for various television and film productions. In 1999, after five rejections from film schools in Berlin and Potsdam, he decided to set up his own film production company, Mephisto Film. His first short film was the macabre comedy HAPPY END, followed by the short film EMERGENCY. In 2002, he made the satiric short film DUTY, which had its world premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival and was subsequently shown at more than 40 other international festivals. Freydank then directed, co-wrote and produced the short film TOYLAND, which was screened around the world at numerous film festivals and won more than 30 international awards. In February 2009, TOYLAND won the Oscar® for Best Live-Action Short Film. Parallel to his work as a short film director, Freydank also wrote screenplays for several TV movies and series, and directed commercials, stage plays and two TV movies. KAFKA'S THE BURROW is his feature film debut.
Genre History, Drama
Category Short
Year of Production 2007
Director Jochen Alexander Freydank
Screenplay Johann A. Bunners, Jochen Alexander Freydank
Cinematography Christoph Nicolaisen
Anna Kappelmann
Ingo Ludwig Frenzel
Cast Claudia Huebschmann, Tamay Bulut Oezvatan, Cedric Eich, Torsten Michaelis, Julia Jaeger
Producer Jochen Alexander Freydank
Co-Producers Christoph Nicolaisen, David C. Bunners
Production Company Mephisto Film/Berlin
Length 14 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Montreal 2007 (In Competition), Valladolid 2007, Foyle 2007, Saarbruecken 2008, Granada 2008, Schwerin 2008, Bermuda 2008, Brooklyn 2008, Short Shorts Tokyo 2008, Festroia 2008, Giffoni 2008, Rhode Island 2008, Odense 2008, Palm Springs 2008, LA Shorts 2008, Sedicicorto 2008, Almeria en Corto 2008, Short Shorts Tokyo 2017, and many more
Awards Best Short Valladolid 2007, Bermuda Shorts Award 2008, Audience Award Short Shorts Tokyo 2008, ANEC Gold Medal Giffoni 2008, International Discovery Award - Second Prize Rhode Island 2008, Best International Children/Youth Film Odense 2008, Audience Award Best Live Action Short Palm Springs 2008, Golden Short Sedicicorto 2008, First Prize Almeria en Corto 2008, Murnau Short Film Award 2008, Academy Award® Best Short 2009
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg

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