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FIDDLESTICKS (QUATSCH UND DIE NASENBÄRENBANDE)

FIDDLESTICKS
photo courtesy of Veit Helmer-Filmproduktion

Bollersville is average. Its inhabitants get to test every new product before it hits the market. In fact, they are not only proud to be average, they do all they can to stay average! And if that means putting all the grandparents into an old people’s home to keep to the statistical average, then that’s what they do!

The children of Bollersville are no longer keen on being human guinea pigs. With the help of sleeping pills, they knock out the adults and start working on their own adventurous plan to set a new world record. The result is... total chaos!

Fear not! Because the grandparents escape from the old people’s home and convince the adults that just because something looks broken doesn’t mean it necessarily is. With the help of a coati, the children manage to fill the swimming pool with milkshake. The world record is official! In annoyance, the product testers leave the village. From now on the children and grandparents work together, thinking up new world records.


Veit Helmer was born in 1968 and has been making films since he was 14. He studied Directing at the University of Television & Film in Munich and co-produced A TRICK OF LIGHT by Wim Wenders. He became known for his offbeat short films which earned him more than 50 awards at numerous international film festivals. His features include TUVALU (1999), which was shown at 62 festivals and won over 30 awards, GATE TO HEAVEN (2003), ABSURDISTAN (2007), BAIKONUR (2011), and QUATSCH (2014).
Genre Children & Youth, Comedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2014
Director Veit Helmer
Screenplay Hans-Ullrich Krause
Cinematography Felix Leiberg
Cast Benno Fürmann, Fritzi Haberlandt, Rolf Zacher, Alexander Scheer
Producer Veit Helmer
Co-Producer Ole Kampovski
Production Company Veit Helmer-Filmproduktion/Berlin, in co-production with NDR/Hamburg
Length 82 min
Format DCP, color, 1:1.85
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Golden Sparrow 2014 (In Competition), Munich 2014, Zurich 2014, Cinemagic Belfast 2014, Molodist Kiev 2014, Gijón 2014, Dubai 2014, Juniorfest Plzn 2014, Cleveland 2015, Stockholm Junior 2015, Istanbul 2015, Seattle 2015, Cork 2015, Seminci Valldolid 2015, Black Nights Tallinn 2015, Les Arcs 2015, SANFIC 2016, Shanghai 2017
Awards Audience Award Zurich 2014, Emerald Star Award for Best Feature Film for a Children’s Audience Cinemagic Belfast 2014, Special Mention: Molodist for Kids 2014, Enfants Terribles Award Best Feature film (12 and under) Gijon 2014, Audience Award Juniorfest Plzn 2014
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film, BKM, German Federal Film Board, German Federal Film Fund

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