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Treasure of the White Falcons, The (Schatz der weissen Falken, Der)

Treasure of the White Falcons, The
Scene from "The Treasure of the White Falcons" (photo © Falcom Media)

Heroldsbach, Summer 1981. Jan’s last summer holidays in the little franconian village are about to begin, before he has to move away from there with his parents. There are just a few weeks left to spend with his best friends STEVIE, and BASTI. To mark his farewell with honour, and to get one over their enemies, the so-called Altortlerbande, the friends plan an adventure that is the most dangerous test of courage in the village: to break into the notorious, half rotten Kattlervilla.

Inside, they find a secrect hiding place in which they discover an old, coded map that leads to a treasure. It has been put there by the WHITE FALCONS, a legendary children’s gang that used to be around in the 70ies. Jan wants to decode the map and starts yet another argument with the leader of the old-village-gang MARIE. In the end, the trail leads to PETER LAUX, the leader of the ‘White Falcons’, and his sad story. Jan visits Peter’s mother, where he learns that Peter mysteriously disappeared after the break up of the ‘White Falcons’. That happened 10 years ago, and still no one knows what happened to him.

The map leads the way to an as yet unexplored cave in the franconian area. This is where the “treasure of the white falcons” must be. Jan and his friends set out to find the cave and to solve the secret of Peter Laux. At the same time the old-village-gang finds out the plans of their enemies. Marie wants to prevent Jan from finding the treasure at any cost.

The children set off on their adventure. Fired by the desire to achieve something special, they walk through unknown forests, build a bonfire beneath the stars, electrify fish ponds; learn a lot about themselves and their courage; and put their friendship to the test. In the end, they must overcome their greatest fears and climb deep into an unknown cave, where they will face Peter Laux and his secret.

When Jan has to say goodbye to his friends after their last adventure, he has not only seen death and kissed a girl for the first time, he has also grown up a bit more, and has learned that magic of childhood cannot last forever.


Christian Zübert was born in 1973 in Würzburg and studied German Philology before he became a scriptwriter and director. His films as a director include: LAMMBOCK - SHIT HAPPENS (2001), THE TREASURE OF THE WHITE FALCONS (2005), HARDCOVER (2008), THREE QUARTER MOON (2011), TOUR DE FORCE (2014); and ONE BREATH (2015). He has also (co-)written the scripts for the films FANDANGO, GIRLS ON TOP, COMPLETE IDIOT, RED ZORA, and VICKY AND THE TREASURE OF THE GODS, among others.
Genre Adventure
Category Feature
Year of Production 2005
Director Christian Zübert
Screenplay Christian Zübert
Cinematography Jules van den Steenhoven
Ueli Christen
Uli Hanisch
Cast Cornelia Schmaus, David Bode, Tamino-Turgay zum Felde, Kevin Koeppe, Victoria Scherer, Brigitte Beyeler, Thomas Sarbacher, Sibylle Schedwill
Producers Tom Spieß, Sönke Wortmann, David Groenewold
Production Company Little Shark Entertainment/Cologne, in co-production with German Filmproduction GFP/Berlin
Length 87 min
Format color, 35 mm
Original Version
 German
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Chicago Children's FF 2005, Festival do Rio 2006
Awards Certificate of Excellence Chicago 2005, Istanbul 2007
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, BKM
German Distributor Falcom Media Group/Berlin

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