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Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 04/2015

Thirteen-year-old Nelly's holiday in Romania takes a very dramatic turn when she accidentally discovers her family’s secret plan to relocate there. Running away to avoid the reality of her fate, she walks straight into the hands of kidnappers! Their leader is an unscrupulous German engineer, plotting to destroy her father’s energy project by forcing the family to leave the country. Together with the help of the mysterious Mr. Holzinger, Nelly’s parents mount a desperate search for their daughter. Nelly, in turn, befriends two young Roma siblings, Tibi and Roxana, who aide her in her adventurous escape. Together, they cross mountains and rivers, flee from a dungeon, board a moving train, ‘borrow’ a car and become the heroes of the day!
Genre Children & Youth, Family Entertainment
Category Feature
Director Dominik Wessely
Screenplay Jens Becker, Uta Kolano
Cinematography Knut Schmitz
Cast Flora Li Thiemann, Julia Richter, Kai Lentrodt, Gustav Peter Wöhler, Hannes Höchstmann, Hagi Lacatus, Raisa Mihal, George Pistereanu, Marcel Costea, Rona Hartner
Producer Arek Gielnik
Co-Producers Michael Luda, Peter Rommel
Production Company INDI FILM/Stuttgart, in co-production with Bastei Media/Erfurt, Rommel Film, SWR/Stuttgart, SR/Saarbrücken
Shooting Dates July-August 2015
Festivals Zlin 2016, Children's Film Fest Kyoto 2016, Children's Film Fest Munich 2016, Oulu International Children's & Youth Film Festival 2016, Giffoni 2016, Cluj-Napoca 2016, Fünf Seen Film Festival 2016, IFF for Children & Young People in Armenia 2016, Kinderfilmfest Bremen 2016, Oldenburg Children's Film Festival 2016, Musikfilmtagen Oberaudorf 2016, SCHLINGEL Chemnitz 2016, Carrousel Rimouski 2016, KinderFilmFest Münster 2016, Listapad Minsk 2016, Ploiesti European FF Romania 2016, Seattle Children's Film Festival 2017, Kinderfilmfest Bielefeld 2016, Kolkata International Children's Film Festival 2016, KINOdiseea 2016, Valladolid 2016, SMILE IFF New Delhi 2016, International Children's Film Festival Bangladesh 2017, German Film Festival Portland 2017, Europees Jeugdfilmfestival Vlaanderen 2017, Max Ophüls Preis Saarbrücken 2017, Awladna Int. Arts Forum for the Gifted Egypt 2017, Sagebrush Hills FF 2017, CineMagic Dublin 2017, Kino Dzieci Kids FF 2017, Tel Aviv IFF for Children & Youth 2017, Coastline Children's Film Festival Michigan 2017, FICAIJ Venezuela 2017, Chulpicine 2017, EURASIA Film Festival 2017, Adelaide International Youth FF 2017, Westchester International Children's FF 2017, Yilan Green IFF Taiwan 2017, Augenblick Alsace 2017, ECOFEST Bucharest 2017, Seoul Youth 2017, Kino Fest Seattle 2017, Golden Elephant India 2017, International Children's Film Festival China 2017, Tofifes Panama 2017, KidFilm Dallas 2018, Mid West Action FF 2018, Seoul Guro Int. Kids FF 2018, CINI Lima 2019
Awards Best Film Elements +10 Giffoni 2016, First Prize Kinderfilmfest Bremen 2016, German Film Music Award (Newcomer) 2016, Best Young Actress (Flora Li Thiemann) & Best Young Supporting Actor (Hagi Lacatus) Listapad Minsk 2016, Special Jury Prize Best Ensemble & Audience Award Seattle 2017, Cultural Exchange Prize for a Feature Film Seoul Guro Int. Kids FF 2018
With backing from MFG Baden-Württemberg, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds, BKM
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