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Emil and the Detectives (Emil und die Detektive)

Emil and the Detectives

When 11-year-old Emil travels to Berlin, his money is stolen by the crook Max Grundeis. While following the thief, Emil runs into Pony, the female leader of a gang of children, who offers to help him. Since Emil is supposed to be staying with a local pastor, the gang smuggles one of their members, Gypsy, into his place. While Gypsy is busy turning the pastor's house upside down, the hunt for Grundeis is on. What follows is a rip-roaring adventure. When Pony falls into the clutches of the evil Grundeis, and just as everything seems lost, the kids come up with a daring plan.

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).
Genre Literature
Category Feature
Year of Production 2000
Director Franziska Buch
Screenplay Franziska Buch
Cinematography Hannes Hubach
Patricia Rommel
Biber Gullatz, Eckes Malz
Albrecht Conrad
Cast Tobias Retzlaff, Anja Sommavilla, Maximilian Befort, David Klock, Maurice Kumar, Tim Hansen, Sergei Moya, Tobias Unkauf, Jürgen Vogel, Maria Schrader, Kai Wiesinger
Producers Peter Zenk, Uschi Reich
Production Companies Lunaris Film- & Fernsehproduktion/Munich, Bavaria Filmverleih- & Produktion/Munich
Length 110 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Versions English, French
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Toronto 2001, Copenhagen 2001, Mill Valley 2001, Haifa 2001, Cork 2001, Ghent 2001, Amsterdam 2001, IFF Children Oulu 2001, Belfast 2001, Gera 2001, Leeds 2001, TIFF Kids 2012
Awards Gold Sparrow Gera 2001, Best Film Leeds 2001
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, BKM
German Distributor Constantin Film Verleih

World Sales
Bavaria Media International