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4 KINGS (4 KÖNIGE)

4 KINGS
photo © Port-au-Prince Pictures/Kristian Leschner

Christmas is approaching, and with it, the desire for harmony, beauty, light and hope. Being unable to cope with her parents' conflict, Alex (16) makes a radical decision. A day later she finds herself in the adolescent psychiatric emergency unit. There she meets three other young people: Lara (17), the striking daughter from an academic family, who's having acid flashbacks; shy Fedja (16), who is being bullied at school; and violent Timo (17), who has just been moved from the closed ward. Under the care of the young psychiatrist Dr. Wolff (38), they will spend a Christmas together that none of them will ever forget.

4 KINGS boasts a powerful cast of some of Germany's most interesting up-and-coming acting talents. Charming and sarcastic, with subtle and sympathetic humor, freshman director Theresa von Eltz helms this coming-of-age drama with a sure hand. A tragicomedy that takes the pain and worries of troubled youths seriously, letting them find new hope, friendship and community, without a trace of phony sentimentality.


Theresa von Eltz grew up near Cologne and studied History at Oxford University and Fiction Directing at the National Film & Television School in Beaconsfield. Her first short film GECKO was nominated for a Golden Bear at the Berlinale in 2007. Since then, her works have concentrated on award-winning documentaries and commercials. 4 KINGS is her feature debut.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2015
Director Theresa von Eltz
Screenplay Esther Bernstorff
Cinematography Kristian Leschner
Cast Paula Beer, Jella Haase, Moritz Leu, Jannis Niewöhner, Clemens Schick
Producers Benjamin Seikel, Florian Schmidt-Prange
Production Company C-Films (Deutschland), in co-production with Tatami Films/Hamburg, ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel, in cooperation with ARTE
Length 100 min
Format DCP, color
Original Version
 German
Festivals Rome 2015 (Alice nella Città), Miami 2016, Zlin 2016, CPH PIX/BUSTER Copenhagen 2016, Tallinn Black Nights 2016, Gijón 2016, Les Arcs 2017
Awards Best Film Alice nella Città Rome 2015, German Film Award 2016 (Bronze: Best Film)
With backing from German Federal Film Board, German Federal Film Fund, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Nordmedia
German Distributor Port au Prince Pictures

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