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LILLY THE WITCH - THE DRAGON AND THE MAGIC BOOK (HEXE LILLI - DER DRACHE UND DAS MAGISCHE BUCH)

It's all about how everything began. Lilly is a completely normal 10-year-old girl, until suddenly one day a magic book accompanied by its guardian Hector, a small and clumsy dragon, appear in her room. Surulunda, a super-witch from the world of magic, has designated Lilly to be her successor and Hector to explain the job. But first Lilly must prove within 99 hours that she is worthy of this burden. The magic book holds the promise of many exciting adventures but also of grave danger through the evil magician Hieronymus and his wish to rule the world. Lilly must confront Hieronymus and prove that she has what it takes to become the new super-witch. And as if all of this is not enough, Lilly is forced to rush to the aid of her little brother Leon, who recklessly places himself directly in harm's way...

LILLY THE WITCH - THE DRAGON AND THE MAGIC BOOK is based on one of the most successful children's book worldwide with approximately 17 million copies sold and translated into 35 languages.


Stefan Ruzowitzky was born in Vienna in 1961. He studied Theater and History and worked as a journalist for Austrian Television. His feature directorial debut TEMPO won the Max Ophüls Promotional Award in 1997. THE INHERITORS became an international festival success, won the Tiger Award in Rotterdam and was presented at the New York Film Festival. ANATOMY became the top grossing German genre film to this day, LILLY THE WITCH a most successful children's movie. His haunting concentration camp drama THE COUNTERFEITERS (2007) celebrated its premiere at the Berlinale in 2007 and won the Oscar® for Best Foreign Language Film at the 80th Academy Awards®. In 2012 DEADFALL, starring Eric Bana, Sissy Spacek, and Kris Kristofferson opened at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Category Feature
Year of Production 2009
Director Stefan Ruzowitzky
Screenplay Stefan Ruzowitzky, Ralph Martin, Armin Toerkell
Cinematography Peter von Haller
Britta Nahler
Ian Honeyman, Klaus Badelt
Antonia Holdfelder, Isidor Wimmer
Cast Michael Mittermeier, Sami Herzog, Yvonne Catterfeld, Pilar Bardem, Ingo Naujoks, Alina Freund, Anja Kling
Producers Corinna Mehner, Martin Husmann, Michael Coldewey
Co-Producers Carl L. Woebcken, Henning Molfenter, Thomas Menne, Amedeo Pagani, Danny Krausz, Julia Steinweg
Production Companies blue eyes Fiction, TRIXTER Productions/Munich, in co-production with Babelsberg Film, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Germany/Munich, Classic/Rome, Dor Film, Steinweg Emotion Pictures/Barcelona, Walt Disney Motion Pictures/Barcelona
Length 88 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 Germany
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Giffoni 2009 (In Competition), Ghent 2009, Warsaw 2009
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Fund, ORF, OFI, Filmfonds Wien, Bayerischer Bankenfonds, Generalitat de Catalunya - Institut de les Industries Culturals, Gobierno de Espana - Minsterio de Cultura, ICAA, Audiovisual SGR
German Distributor Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Germany/Munich

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