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Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 04/2014

Based on Johanna Spyrl’s internationally famous, multi-million-selling and eponymous classic novel, everyone’s favorite little Swiss girl returns to the big screen once again, and about time too!

The young orphan girl Heidi spends the happiest days of her childhood with her solitary, grumpy-but-not-really grandfather, Almöhi, living far away from civilization in a simple wooden cabin in the Swiss Alps. Together with her friend, Geissenpeter, she herds and tends Almöhi’s goats, enjoying all the freedoms that the mountains have to offer. But these happy and carefree days come to a sudden and harsh end when Heidi’s Aunt Dete takes her to the large German city of Frankfurt.

From now on she is to live in the house of the well-to-do Herr Sesemann and become a playmate for his daughter Klara, who is confined to a wheelchair. In addition, she has to learn to read and write under the watchful and strict eyes of the nanny, Fräulein Rottenmeier. Although both girls quickly become friends and Klara’s grandmother awakens Heidi’s passion for books, the young girl’s longing for her beloved mountains, her grandfather Almöhi, his goats and her friend Peter becomes ever stronger...

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Genre Children & Youth, Family Entertainment, Literature
Category Feature
Director Alain Gsponer
Screenplay Petra Volpe
Cinematography Matthias Fleischer
Cast Anuk Steffen, Bruno Ganz, Quirin Agrippi, Isabelle Ottmann, Katharina Schüttler, Maxim Mehmet, Hannelore Hoger, Jella Haase, Peter Lohmeyer
Producers Uli Putz, Jakob Claussen, Lukas Hobi, Reto Schaerli
Co-Producers Rodolphe Buet, Isabel Hund
Production Company Claussen+Putz Filmproduktion, in co-production with Zodiac Pictures/Zurich, Studio Canal/Berlin, STUDIOCANAL/Berlin
Original Version
 Swiss German, German
Shooting Dates August-October 2014
Festivals Les Arcs 2015, Guadalajara 2016, Jeonju 2016, Zlin 2016, Chicago International Children's Film Festival 2016, Mumbai 2016
Awards German Film Award 2016 (Best Children's Film)
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, German Federal Film Fund, MEDIA, Bundesamt für Kultur, Zürcher Filmstiftung, SRF, Radiotelevision Svizra Rumantscha, Teleclub, Canton Graubünden & Luzern, Swissimage

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