Film Info: GHETTOKIDS

GHETTOKIDS

GHETTOKIDS
Toni Osmani, Ioannis Tsialas (photo © BR)

Ghettokids is the story of two foreign children in a socially explosive neighborhood in Munich. Christos lives with his mother and two brothers in extremely crowded quarters. He almost idolizes his older brother, Maikis. But his real home is the central station, where the occasional trick and petty theft puts a little cash in his pockets.

Hanna, a new teacher, comes to their school and, after initial problems, realizes how important her work for the neighborhood is. The two brothers slowly begin to take interest and develop trust. But this doesn't last long. Maikis is the victim of a gang feud and lands in jail. Christos begs Hanna to intervene on his brother's behalf, and Maikis is actually released.

A happy end? It almost looks like it, but for ghetto kids there are no fairy tales where people live happily ever after...


Christian Wagner was born in 1959 in Immenstadt. He made his first Super 8 film, Der Prophetor, during high school, followed by studies in German Literature, Theater and Psychology in Munich. In 1995, he began teaching at the Film Academy Baden-Wuerttemberg in Ludwigsburg. A selection of his other films includes: Wallers letzter Gang (1988) - which won the Bavarian Film Award in 1988 and the German Film Award in 1989, Zug (1990), Transatlantis (1994), Zita - Balkan Blues Trilogy I (1998), Zehn wahnsinnige Tage (2000), Ghettokids (2002), and Warchild - Balkan Blues Trilogy II (2005).
Genre Drama
Category TV Movie
Year of Production 2002
Director Christian Wagner
Screenplay Gabriela Sperl
Cinematography Jürgen Jürges
Patricia Rommel
Fabian Roemer
Sue Proebster
Cast Günther Maria Halmer, Toni Osmani, Ioannis Tsialas, Barbara Rudnik
Producer Bernd Burgemeister
Production Company TV60 Film/Munich, in cooperation with ARTE/Paris
Length 87 min
Format 16 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, French
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Munich 2002, Montreal 2002, Goteborg 2003, Giffoni 2003, Bellinzona 2004
Awards Castello d'oro & Special Award ASPI Bellinzona 2004

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