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Lapis Lazuli (Lapislazuli - Im Auge des Baeren)

Lapis Lazuli
Scene from "Lapis Lazuli" (photo © Dor Film/Petro Domenigg)

Right in the middle of the Alpine wilderness, a fiery meteorite crashes into a glacier and brings a frozen Neanderthal boy to life. This boy, Bataa, meets Sophie, a young girl who has run away from a holiday cottage in the mountains. At the beginning, they seem to be separated by language and time, but soon they discover some similarities: Sophie lost her mother and cannot seem to get along with her new patchwork family. Bataa too feels lost and longs for his family. They both need each other and experience a special friendship which suddenly becomes endangered when scientists start to track them down and try to capture Bataa like a wild animal. Sophie helps him to escape. They hide in an old cave, a sacred site for the Neanderthals, and Bataa dyes his hair the color of lapis lazuli. When Bataa falls ill, Sophie convinces him to go with her into the valley. But the closer they get to modern civilization, the worse Bataa’s illness becomes. Sophie realizes that Bataa cannot survive in today’s world and a race against time begins.


Wolfgang Murnberger was born in 1960 in Wiener Neustadt. He studied Scriptwriting, Directing and Editing at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. His films include: Himmel oder Hoelle (1990), Ich gelobe (1994), Attwengerfilm (1995), Komm suesser Tod (2000), Silentium (2004), and Lapis Lazuli (2006) as well as numerous TV movies and episodes for various television series.
Category Feature
Year of Production 2006
Director Wolfgang Murnberger
Screenplay Volker Krappen, Wolfgang Murnberger
Cinematography Fabian Eder
Britta Nahler
Mischa Krausz
Christoph Kanter
Cast Clarence John Ryan, Julia Krombach, Hans-Werner Meyer, Lena Stolze, Paula Nocker, Christoph Waltz, Gregor Bloéb, Vadim Glowna
Producers Danny Krausz, Kurt Stocker, Gerd Huber, Claudia Krebs, Volker Krappen, Jani Thiltges
Production Company Dor Film, in co-production with Dor Film-West, Cobra Film/Munich, Krebs & Krappen/Hamburg, Samsa Film
Length 106 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Berlin 2006 (Kinderfilmfest), Brisbane 2006, Mill Valley 2006, Fici Madrid 2006, Cinemagic Belfast 2006, Luenen 2006, Tallinn Black Nights 2006, Sprockets Toronto 2007
Awards Audience Award Mill Valley 2006
With backing from MEDIA, EAVE, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film, Oesterreichisches Filminstitut, ORF, Film Fonds Wien, Eurimages, BKM, FilmFoerderung Hamburg, Filmstiftung NRW, Film Fund Luxembourg, Cine Tirol
German Distributor 20th Century Fox (Germany)

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