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13-year-old Charo seems like a typical Berlin teenager. She's a student surrounded by good friends and has her eye on the coolest guy in school. But no one knows that Charo has been living in Germany illegally for years, not even her best friend Laura. Problems start to arise when Charo's mother is caught by the police and wants to take Charo back to Columbia. Charo now needs to trust Laura with her secret because it's the only way she'll be able to fight for her future in Germany.

Puberty, trust, precarious living conditions and deceit: Based on a true story, CAUSE I HAVE THE LOOKS intertwines a vibrant coming-of-age story with the exceptional situation of illegal immigration.
Genre Children & Youth, Coming-of-Age Story, Drama, Educational, Family Entertainment
Category Feature
Year of Production 2012
Director Frieder Schlaich
Screenplay Claudia Schaefer
Cinematography Benedict Neuenfels
Cast Mariangel Böhnke, Mira Aring, Angeles Aparicio, Andrea Sánchez del Solar, Lavinia Wilson, Mario Golden, Stefan Kolosko, Inka Löwendorf
Producers Frieder Schlaich, Irene von Alberti
Production Company Filmgalerie 451
Length 81 min
Format HD, DCP, color, 1:1.85
Original Version
 German, Spanish
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Achtung Berlin 2012, Filmkunstfest MV-Schwerin 2012, FilmFest Osnabrück 2012, One World Berlin Film Festival 2012, Stockholm International Film Festival Junior 2013, JeonJu 2013, Zlin 2013, Chicago Children's Film Festival 2013
Awards Bronze Horse Best Film Stockholm 2013, Second Prize Live-Action Feature Chicago 2013
With backing from BKM, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film
German Distributor Filmgalerie 451

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