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Scene from DEATH OF A SUPERHERO (photo © Bavaria Pictures/Allen Kiely)

Donald is a different kind of superhero. In his real life he is sick and feels like a peeled potato. But the 15-year-old has an outstanding talent to animate with pen and ink a dark world in which an invincible superhero battles a deadly nemesis and his sexy sidekick. But while Donald’s cartoon hero is unbreakable and unable to love, he himself is utterly breakable and bound for love.

In a rollercoaster coming-of-age film he learns of life through his unorthodox psychologist Adrian King, discovers love with the rebellious Shelly and makes peace with his terrified parents while his time is running out. And so, on the edge of the Irish Sea and on the precipice of existence, Donald finds himself in the heart of love: an ordinary superhero who proves the important thing is not how you leave this life but how you live it.

With its innovative mix of live action and animation, DEATH OF A SUPERHERO tells a blisteringly modern love story that is tender, comic and truthful.
Genre Coming-of-Age Story, Drama, Love Story / Romance, Animation
Category Feature
Year of Production 2011
Director Ian FitzGibbon
Screenplay Anthony McCarten
Cinematography Tom Fährmann
Cast Andy Serkis, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Aisling Loftus, Michael McElhatton, Sharon Horgan, Jessica Schwarz
Producers Philipp Kreuzer, Astrid Kahmke, Michael Garland
Production Companies Bavaria Pictures/Geiselgasteig, Grand Pictures/Dublin, in co-production with Picture Circle/Salzburg, Cinemendo/Munich, TRIXTER Productions/Munich, Cine Postproduction/Geiselgasteig
Runtime 95 min
Format 35 mm, color, cs
Festivals Toronto 2011 (Special Presentations), Rome 2011, Göteborg 2012, Guadalajara 2012, Tribeca 2012, Istanbul 2012 (International Competition), Zlin 2012, Transilvania IFF Cluj 2012, Munich 2012, Jerusalem 2012, Tallinn Black Nights 2012
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Creative Europe MEDIA, Bayerischer Bankenfonds, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board

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Bavaria Media International