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Robber Hotzenplotz, The (Raeuber Hotzenplotz, Der)

Robber Hotzenplotz, The
Scene from “The Robber Hotzenplotz” (photo © Constantin Film/Rolf von der Heydt)

The Robber Hotzenplotz is based on the first two millionfold best-selling books of the Hotzenplotz trilogy: The Robber Hotzenplotz and Further Adventures of Robber Hotzenplotz.

"I steal what takes my fancy, that’s why folks all know me," boasts Hotzenplotz – in his opinion, he is the most important robber for miles around. And if he hadn’t chosen to steal Grandmother’s treasured coffee grinder of all things, then... well, then Kasperl and Seppel would not have set out in a dangerous hunt for the villain and swapped their caps on the way. And perhaps constable Dimpfelmoser and the fortune-teller Frau Schlotterbeck and Wasti the croco-dog (a dog that has been turned into a crocodile) would not have met. And the beautiful fairy Amaryllis would have had to languish as a revolting toad in the dungeons of the wicked wizard for ever and ever. But in the end, every one receives his just deserts: fairy-weed, potatoes, a miniature castle, a golden cart loaded with sand – and grandmother gets her coffee grinder back.

Gernot Roll was born in Dresden in 1939 and trained at the DEFA studios in Babelsberg. In 1960, he became an operator at the Bavaria Film studios and worked there as a director of photography from 1964-1976. His credits as one of Germany's leading cameramen include Edgar Reitz's Stunde Null (1976) and Heimat (1982), Axel Corti's Welcome to Vienna (1985), Soenke Wortmann's Der bewegte Mann (1994) and Helmut Dietl's Rossini (1996). He made his (co-) directorial debut on Corti's Radetzkymarsch (1994) and followed this with Ballermann 6 (1997), A Favorable Opportunity (Ne guenstige Gelegenheit, 1999), Tach, Herr Dokter (1999), and Pura Vida Ibiza (2003). Roll has received numerous prizes and distinctions for his work, including Adolf Grimme Awards in Gold (for Heimat and Radetzkymarsch), German Film Awards (for Wildfeuer and Meine Tochter gehoert mir) and Bavarian Film & Television Awards (for Wildfeuer and Das Maedchen Rosemarie).
Category Feature
Year of Production 2005
Director Gernot Roll
Screenplay Claus P. Hant, Ulrich Limmer
Cinematography Gernot Roll
Horst Reiter
Nicola Piovani
Frank Polosek
Cast Christiane Hoerbiger, Manuel Steitz, Martin Stuehrk, Barbara Schöneberger, Piet Klocke, Katharina Thalbach, Rufus Beck, Armin Rohde
Producer Ulrich Limmer
Production Company Collina Filmproduktion/Munich, in co-production with Constantin Film Produktion, Starhaus Filmproduktion/Munich
Length 93 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Berlin 2006 (Kinderfilmfestival), London Children's FF 2006, Dubai 2006, Zlin 2006, Munich 2006, Artek Russia 2006, Sprockets Toronto 2007
Awards White Elephant Munich 2006, Most Entertaining Film & Best Original Interpretation (Rufus Beck) Artek Russia 2006
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, BKM, Bayerischer Bankenfonds
German Distributor Constantin Film Verleih

World Sales
Bavaria Media International

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