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Bibi Blocksberg and the Secret of the Blue Owls (Bibi Blocksberg und das Geheimnis der blauen Eulen)

Bibi Blocksberg and the Secret of the Blue Owls
Sidonie von Krosigk (photo © Rolf v. der Heydt )

Bibi Blocksberg has spent far too much time on wizardry – and far too little on her studies. Since her math notes are abysmal, she is forced to spend summer vacation in the all-work-no-play boarding school of Altenberg Castle. The school principal is an oddball who is trying to solve the mystery of Altenberg, and Bibi's roommate Carina, a Britney Spears clone, is a total pain. Luckily, Bibi soon makes friends with her classmate Elea, who has been in a wheelchair since an accident. Of course, Bibi wouldn't be Bibi if she didn't try to help Elea walk again – even though her witch's codex expressly forbids her to intervene in human lives. But when she hears the tale of a miraculous owl power, she sets out to find some in the caves of Altenberg. But someone else also knows about the magical powers of the blue powder: Bibi's archenemy Rabia von Katzenstein. In a dramatic escape, the wicked witch flees from the Dread-Marsh, where she was serving a five-year sentence with her cat Maribor. Silently, maliciously, she sneaks up on the Blocksbergs, the family she hates with a passion...


Franziska Buch studied Philosophy and Literature in Stuttgart and Rome before studying at the University of Television & Film (HFF/M) in Munich. Since 1991, she has been working as a writer and director. In 1996, she began instructing Scriptwriting at the Baden-Württemberg Film Academy in Ludwigsburg. Her films include: DIE ORDNUNG DER DINGE (1987), TOD EINES IDIOTEN (1988), DIE UNGEWISSE LAGE DES PARADIESES (1993), MEIN HERZ - NIEMANDEM (1994), VERSCHWINDE VON HIER (1999), EMIL AND THE DETECTIVES (EMIL UND DIE DETEKTIVE, 2001), UNSERE MUTTER IST HALT ANDERS (TV, 2003), BIBI BLOCKSBERG AND THE SECRET OF THE BLUE OWLS (BIBI BLOCKSBERG UND DAS GEHEIMNIS DER BLAUEN EULEN, 2004), HEIMLICHE LIEBE (TV, 2005), ANGSTHASEN (TV, 2007), PATCHWORK (TV, 2008), FROSCHKÖNIG (TV, 2008), DIE DRACHEN BESIEGEN (TV, 2009), ROSANNAS TOCHTER (TV, 2009), HERE COMES LOLA! (HIER KOMMT LOLA!, 2010), and YOKO (2011).
Category Feature
Year of Production 2004
Director Franziska Buch
Screenplay Elfie Donnelly
Cinematography Axel Block
Barbara von Weitershausen
Enjott Schneider
Susann Bieling, Uwe Szielasko
Cast Corinna Harfouch, Ulrich Noethen, Monica Bleibtreu, Edgar Selge, Nina Petri, Anja Sommavilla, Elea Geissler, Katja Riemann, Marie-Luise Stahl, Sidonie von Krosigk
Producers Uschi Reich, Karl Blatz
Production Companies Bavaria Filmverleih- & Produktion/Munich, Kiddinx Filmproduction/Berlin, in co-production with Bayerischer Rundfunk, Ehmck Film/Graefeling
Length 119 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Chicago Children's FF 2005
Awards 1st Prize Live-Action Feature Chicago 2005
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, BKM, Bayerischer Bankenfonds
German Distributor Constantin Film Verleih

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