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Bear On the Run (Baer ist los, Der)

Bear On the Run

"Circus is mega out". That's what you think! Because it's thanks to the circus that a bear is on the loose in the Bohemian Forest. Julia, a city kid from Berlin, is spending her summer holidays there. But instead of just playing around, or trying to reach the next level on her Game-Boy, she and Tom - the young animal trainer from a bankrupt circus - and other children from the village try to save a good-natured dancing bear from slaughter. The children need all their wits about them and plenty of good ideas, as a rich investor - obsessed with hunting - would love to take a pot shot at the bear. And that would help the ailing village, too. But things turn out quite differently.


Dana Vávrová was born in Prague in 1967 and was already a child star when she was cast in the lead of the German TV series Ein Stueck Himmel. Since then, she has won many prizes for her roles in his films like Autumn Milk (Herbstmilch, 1988), Rama Dama (1990), Stalingrad (1992), Brother of Sleep (Schlafes Bruder, 1994) and The Harmonists (1997). She has also made regular appeareances in TV films by directors like Marian Vajda and Peter Lehner. In 1995, she co-directed Wia die Zeit vergeht, a documentary on the Alpine rocker Hubert von Goisern, and made her directorial debut proper with Hunger - Addicted To Love (Hunger - Sehnsucht nach Liebe, 1997), followed by Bear on the Run (Der Baer ist los, 2000), and The Last Train (Der letzte Zug, 2006, in co-direction with Joseph Vilsmaier).
Category Feature
Year of Production 2000
Director Dana Vávrová
Screenplay Christoph Stark, Jochen Bitzer
Cinematography Peter von Haller
Norbert Herzner
Petr Hapka
Cast Heinrich Schafmeister, Armin Rohde, Goetz Otto
Producers Joseph Vilsmaier, Hanno Huth
Production Companies Senator Film Produktion, Perathon Film/Munich
Length 95 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Zlin 2000
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, BKM
German Distributor Senator Film Verleih/Berlin

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