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UPSIDEdown (KOPFÜBER)

UPSIDEdown
photo © Neue Mediopolis Filmproduktion

More than anything, 10-year-old Sascha likes to go on bike rides with the neighbor girl Elli and collect sounds. He also has a passion for fixing up his bike in his improvised workshop. What he doesn’t like is the new special school he has been sent to in order to learn how to read and write. One day Sascha is caught stealing and his mother decides to seek help at the youth welfare office. The social worker Frank is assigned to help the boy for one year, at school and in his daily life. Although Sascha first rejects Frank, sometimes it can be practical to have a personal “bodyguard” at your side. Frank convinces Sascha and his mother to have a few medical tests done. The diagnosis: ADD, an attention deficiency disorder. Sascha is prescribed pills to help him concentrate. While his school performance improves and he gets into less trouble with grown-ups, his character also changes and his friendship to Elli starts to fall apart.


Bernd Sahling was born in 1961 in Naumburg and studied at the “Konrad Wolf" University of Film & Television (HFF/B) in Potsdam-Babelsberg from 1986-1991. After his studies, he worked as a freelance writer and director before receiving a scholarship to attend Columbia College in Chicago and Northwestern University. Since 1999, he has been conducting seminars and workshops on children's films. A selection of his films includes: SONG FOR ANNE (LIED FUER ANNE, short, 1985), BOOMERANG (BUMERANG, short, 1986), EVERYTHING GETS WELL (ALLES WIRD GUT, TV, 1990), THE CAT’S NEST (IM NEST DER KATZE, TV, 1991), WAITING FOR HEALTH (WARTEN AUF GESUNDHEIT, short, 1994), RAILROAD JUNCTION (IM GLEISDREIECK, 1995), HIGH SCHOOL (GYMNASIUM, TV, 1999), THE BLIND FLYERS (DIE BLINDGÄNGER, 2004), and UPSIDEdown (KOPFÜBER, 2012).
Genre Children & Youth, Coming-of-Age Story, Family Entertainment
Category Feature
Year of Production 2013
Director Bernd Sahling
Screenplay Bernd Sahling, Anja Tuckermann
Cinematography Anne Misselwitz
Cast Marcel Hoffmann, Frieda-Anna Lehman, Inka Friedrich, Claudius von Stolzmann
Producer Jörg Rothe
Co-Producers Antonio Exacoustos, Franz Kraus, David P. Steel
Production Company Neue Mediopolis Filmproduktion/Leipzig, in co-production with ARRI Media, Steelecht/Offenbach am Main
Length 90 min
Format 35 mm, color, 1:1.85
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Berlin 2013, FIFEM 2013 (Official Competition), Zlin 2013, BFI London 2013, BUSTER Copenhagen 2013
With backing from Kuratorium junger deutscher Film, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, BKM, German Federal Film Fund, Hessische Filmförderung, Akademie für Kindermedien

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