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YOKO

YOKO
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Eleven-year-old Pia suffers from the loss of her father, till one day the cute but mysterious Yeti child Yoko appears in her treehouse. Yoko has escaped from the malicious hunter Thor van Sneider, who accidentally got his hands on the little Yeti. Pia’s new companion impresses her with supernatural talents and a very particular sense of humor, and steals himself into Pia's wounded heart. But the small Yeti from the icy Himalayas struggles with our climate – the unusual heat and spectacular chases by Sneider drain all of Yoko’s life energy.
He has to return to his home country right away, before it’s too late – but Sneider has different plans…

Based on the children’s book Yoko by Germany’s best-selling author KNISTER.


Franziska Buch studied Philosophy and Literature in Stuttgart and Rome before studying at the University of Television & Film (HFF/M) in Munich. Since 1991, she has been working as a writer and director. In 1996, she began instructing Scriptwriting at the Baden-Württemberg Film Academy in Ludwigsburg. Her films include: DIE ORDNUNG DER DINGE (1987), TOD EINES IDIOTEN (1988), DIE UNGEWISSE LAGE DES PARADIESES (1993), MEIN HERZ - NIEMANDEM (1994), VERSCHWINDE VON HIER (1999), EMIL AND THE DETECTIVES (EMIL UND DIE DETEKTIVE, 2001), UNSERE MUTTER IST HALT ANDERS (TV, 2003), BIBI BLOCKSBERG AND THE SECRET OF THE BLUE OWLS (BIBI BLOCKSBERG UND DAS GEHEIMNIS DER BLAUEN EULEN, 2004), HEIMLICHE LIEBE (TV, 2005), ANGSTHASEN (TV, 2007), PATCHWORK (TV, 2008), FROSCHKÖNIG (TV, 2008), DIE DRACHEN BESIEGEN (TV, 2009), ROSANNAS TOCHTER (TV, 2009), HERE COMES LOLA! (HIER KOMMT LOLA!, 2010), and YOKO (2011).
Genre Family Entertainment
Category Feature
Year of Production 2011
Director Franziska Buch
Screenplay Gerrit Hermans, KNISTER, Claudia Boysen
Cinematography Jan Fehse
Cast Tobias Moretti, Justus von Dohnányi, Jessica Schwarz, Jamie Bick, Lilly Reulein, Friedrich Heine
Producers Corinna Mehner, Martin Husmann
Production Company blue eyes Fiction/Munich, in co-production with Fido Film/Stockholm, Dor Film, B.A. Produktion/Munich, Deutsche Columbia Pictures Filmproduktion , Babelsberg Film
Length 102 min
Format 35 mm, color, 1:1.85
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Zlin 2012, Listapad Minsk 2012
With backing from German Federal Film Fund, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Board, MFG Baden-Württemberg, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, MEDIA, HessenInvestFilm, Bavarian Bank Fund, ORF, ÖFI, Filmfonds Wien, SFI
German Distributor Sony Pictures Releasing

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