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Mystery of Morphus (Morphus-Geheimnis, Das)

Mystery of Morphus
Scene from "Mystery of Morphus" (photo © Provobis/Annegret Plehn)

What happens when all of a sudden everyone else falls asleep and you are the only one who stays awake? This is what ten-year-old Nicki involuntarily experiences when the last composition called Morphus by the great composer Ludwig van Beethoven accidentally ends up in his schoolbag. The melody holds magic powers because everybody who listens to it falls asleep. Only a few people know about this secret, like the gangsters Max and Kwapisch.

On a trip with his dad into the snowy mountains, the gangsters follow them to steal the Morphus score. They want to use the magic force of the music for their racketeering. For the shy boy this is the start of a turbulent adventure. After arriving at the hotel Nicki learns about the magic powers of the melody when he starts to play it on his trumpet. He experiences that suddenly everyone around him falls asleep, except for Max and Kwapisch. Now he is completely alone and has to face the attacks and intrigues of the two gangsters. He has to fight for the Morphus score to save himself, his dad and everyone else from the evil doings of the villains. In this difficult situation, he makes substantial progress and changes from an anxious child into a self-confident boy.


Karola Hattop was born in 1949 in Berlin and studied at the \"Konrad Wolf\" Academy of Film & Television (HFF/B) in Potsdam-Babelsberg. Since then, she has been working as a director for film and television. A selection of her films includes: Eine schoene Bescherung (1984), Elefant im Krankenhaus (1991), Ich schenk Dir meinen Mann (1998), Secondhand Child (Wer kuesst schon einen Leguan?, 2003), Unsere zehn Gebote (2007), Wie verfuehr\' ich meinen Ehemann (2007), and Mystery of Morphus (Das Morphus-Geheimnis, 2008).
Genre Adventure
Category Feature
Year of Production 2008
Director Karola Hattop
Screenplay Andrzej Maleska
Cinematography Sebastian Richter
Eike Hosenfeld, Moritz Denis
Cast Jonas Hämmerle, Michael Roll, Oliver Korittke, Arndt Schwering-Sohnrey, Magali Greif, Charlotte Crome
Producer Juergen Haase
Production Company Provobis Film/Berlin, in co-production with RBB, MDR, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Langfilm/Zurich, Teleclub/Zurich
Length 96 min
Format 16 mm
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Sound Technology Dolby Digital, Stereo
Festivals International Children's Film Festival Moscow 2008
Awards Jury Award Moscow 2008
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Fund
German Distributor Central Film Vertrieb/Berlin

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