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Brave, funny, and one of a kind: that’s Rocca. Rocca is 11 and lives a rather unique life. While her dad is watching over her as an astronaut from outer space, Rocca lives alone with her squirrel and is attending a normal school for the first time in her life. At school, her carefree and non-conformist way of life instantly stands out. She fearlessly confronts the class bullies, because first and foremost Rocca stands up for justice. That’s why she makes friends with the homeless Caspar and tries to help him. All the while she is also attempting to win over her grandmother’s heart. With never-ending optimism, Rocca proves, together with her new friends, that even a child has the power to change the world.

Katja Benrath was born in 1979. After training in Costume Design, she studied Acting and Vocals at the Vienna Conservatory and performed in numerous films, theater plays and musicals. She then studied Directing at the Hamburg Media School. Her films include: her award-winning graduation film WATU WOTE - ALL OF US (2017) and ROCCA CHANGES THE WORLD (2019).
Genre Family Entertainment
Category Feature
Year of Production 2019
Director Katja Benrath
Screenplay Hilly Martinek
Cinematography Torsten Breuer
Cast Luna Maxeiner, Mina Tander, Michael Maertens, Cordula Stratmann, Detlev Buck, Barbara Sukowa, Fahri Yardim
Producer Tobias Rosen
Co-Producers Willi Geike, Heike Wiehle-Timm, Steffi Ackermann
Production Company Relevant Film, in co-production with Warner Bros. Film Productions Germany
Length 100 min
Format DCP, color
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Festivals German Film Festival Portland 2019, Filem’On Brussels 2019, Zlín 2019, Giffoni 2019, Transilvania IFF 2019, Riga IFF 2019, Biberacher Filmfestspiele 2019, Int. FF for Children & Young People Yerevan 2019, Schlingel Chemnitz 2019, Festival des Deutschen Films Ludwigshafen 2019, JUNIOR Film Festival 2019, Kinderfilmfest Köln 2019, Sharjah IFF for Children & Youth 2019, Kinderfilmfest Münster 2019, Kinderfilmfest Bielefeld 2019, Listapad Minsk 2019, Kinomania Sofia 2019, Göteborg Film Festival Prisma 2019, Castellinaria Festival internazionale del cinema giovane Bellinzona 2019, Children & Youth FF Just Film PÖFF IFF Tallinn 2019, Kinderfilmtage Ruhrgebiet 2019, International Vilnius Film Festival for Children and Youth 2019, Kinderfilmfest Bonn 2019, ALE KINO International Children's & Youth FF Poznan 2019, KINOdiseea Int. Children's FF 2019, Olympia IFF for Children and Young People 2019, Kinofest Lünen 2019
Awards German Film Awards 2019 (Best Children's Film), Main Prize of the Children’s Jury, Golden Apple Audience Award & Ecumenical Jury Award – Commendation Zlín 2019, Gryphon Award - Best Film Elements +6 Competition Giffoni 2019, Goldener Nils of the Children's Jury for Best Children's Film Festival des Deutschen Films Ludwigshafen 2019

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