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Huck Finn sits prim and proper at the table with widower Douglas and Miss Watson every day, is served by the obedient house-slave Jim, goes to school and constantly to church as well. After all, he and his best mate Tom Sawyer are wealthy boys since they found a treasure during their last adventure. What’s wrong here? Right, boys like Tom & Huck are definitely not prim and proper! Huck Finn loves nothing more than being outdoors in his rain barrel, catching fish and roasting it on a stick over the campfire. Shoes, jackets, shirt collars – what’s all that for? Whenever possible, they sneak away…but one day it’s all over with the good village life. Huck’s boozy and greedy father shows up in St. Petersburg. And he’s up to no good! The tramp and scallywag thinks that the prosperity of his son Huck belongs all to him. Before the old man can do any mischief, Huck runs away and Jim joins him as he overhears that Miss Watson sold him to a slave trader. On a self-made raft they start their exciting adventure down the dangerous Mississippi River all the way to Cairo and from there to Ohio, where slavery is forbidden and Jim can build up a life as a free man. At least that is the plan. Hunted by Huck’s dad and three ruthless slave-hunters, Huck experiences his greatest and most dangerous adventure ever.

Hermine Huntgeburth studied Film at the Hamburg Hochschule für Bildende Künste and in Sydney/Australia. After working on several short and documentary films, she was awarded the German Film Award for Best Newcomer Director in 1991 for her directorial feature film debut IM KREIS DER LIEBEN, followed by such award-winning television films as EIN FALSCHER SCHRITT (1994), GEFÄHRLICHE FREUNDIN (1996), UND ALLES WEGEN MAMA (1998), DER HAHN IST TOT (1999), DIE STUNDE DES WOLFS (1999), ROMEO (2001), EVA BLOND UND DER ZWERG IM SCHLIESSFACH (2003), DER BOXER UND DIE FRISEUSE (2004), and the two-part TV series TEUFELSBRATEN (2007). Among her feature film credits are popular hits such as TRIO (1998), BIBI BLOCKSBERG (2002), THE WHITE MASAI (2005), EFFI BRIEST (2009), TOM SAWYER (2011), and THE ADVENTURES OF HUCK FINN (2012).
Genre Action, Adventure, Family Entertainment
Category Feature
Year of Production 2012
Director Hermine Huntgeburth
Screenplay Sascha Arango
Cinematography Sebastian Edschmid
Cast Leon Seidel, Jacky Ido, Louis Hofmann, August Diehl, Henry Hübchen
Producer Boris Schönfelder
Co-Producers Benjamin Herrmann, Michael Kölmel
Production Company Neue Schönhauser Filmproduktion, in co-production with Majestic Filmproduktion, Filmaufbau/Leipzig
Length 101 min
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Festivals BUSTER Copenhagen 2013
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Board, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, BKM, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, German Federal Film Fund
German Distributor Majestic Filmverleih

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