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Laurence in the Land of Liars (Lorenz im Land der Luegner)

Laurence in the Land of Liars

Laurence, an enterprising lad and gifted mouth-organ player, discovers with his raft an island full of odd things: the royal hunting party sits back-to-front on their horses, the cats bark, the dogs miaow. Just by paying with genuine gold coins instead of forged money, Laurence throws suspicion on himself. From now on, a spy is always close on his heels. Luckily, Laurence makes some friends who help him: the sketched cat, Hinze, who is brought to life by a magic puff from Laurence; the rag-and-bones man who is constantly rushing backwards and forwards; indomitable Aunt Martha who repeatedly endeavours to teach her cats to miaow and, above all, her short-tempered niece, Eliza, with whom Laurence falls in love at first sight. After many a strange adventure, the two of them solve the mystery of the countryÍs language of lies and of the reigning trio which consists of the brown-locked king with his dreams of the sea, the avaricious minister and the captain who is constantly feeding his face.


Juergen Brauer was born in 1938 and trained as a cameraman at the "Konrad Wolf" Academy ofFilm & Television (HFF/B) in Babelsberg from 1958-1962. He made several short films from in the 1960s, followed by work as a cameraman at the DEFA studios until 1980 on such films as Die Legende von Paul und Paula and Die Verlobte. In 1980, directed his first feature film Pugowitza and followed this with films like Das Herz des Piraten, Sehnsucht, Gritta von Rattenzuhausbeiuns and Anna-Anna. In 1996, he completed work on Laurence in the Land of Liars (Lorenz im Land der Luegner) and the three-part TV series Tanz auf dem Vulkan. He has been working exclusively for television since.
Category Feature
Year of Production 1996
Director Juergen Brauer
Screenplay Juergen Brauer, Anne Gossens, Beate Hanspach
Cinematography Juergen Brauer
Haike Brauer
Manuel Karpinski
Cast Marianne Sägebrecht, Edgar Hoppe, Jochen Busse, Holger Kunkel, Volker Prechtel, Karsten Doerr, Fabian Oscar Wien, Mechthild Hoenmann
Producer Juergen Haase
Production Company Provobis Film/Berlin, in co-production with MDR, Videopress/Luxembourg
Length 85 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Sound Technology Optical
Festivals Gera 1996, Berlin 1996
Awards Goldener Spatz Gera 1996
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, National Film Funding Luxemburg, BMI
German Distributor PROGRESS Film-Verleih/Berlin

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