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Planet Carlos

Planet Carlos
Scene from "Planet Carlos" (photo © KW Kunhardt & Wischnewski Filmproduktion)

The 13-year-old Carlos lives in the Barrio – a Nicaraguan shanty town. His greatest wish is to become a “coplero” (the poet and lyricist) in a Gigantona group. Dance, theater and rhymes are combined and presented in these traditional groups of children. The huge Gigantona doll represents an oversized Spanish woman who dances round the “Enano” – a small indigenous man – accompanied by wild drumming. Carlos dances as the Enano while Isabel, a couple of years older than him, provides the rhythm.

After vying for the position of coplero, Carlos gets kicked out of his group. At first he hides his expulsion from his family, but when his father walks out, it comes to light and Carlos is forced to earn money as a laborer.

In spite of everything, Carlos founds his own Gigantona group with Isabel.
The group makes its way to an old poet to try to get a scholarship for their work. Carlos' limitless optimism is put to the test as it becomes clear that there is no chance of a scholarship. Left in the lurch by his companions, he is forced to accept that his dream of having his own Gigantona group is over. Through his disappointment Carlos realizes who is really there for him: Isabel. Carlos is now faced with the biggest challenge of his life – responsibility.
Genre Music, Drama, Coming-of-Age Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 2008
Director Andreas Kannengießer
Screenplay Catrin Lüth
Cinematography Stephan Fallucchi
Martin Reimers
Martin Spange
Tanja Baumgartner
Cast Cristel Sofia Sanchez Hernandez, Mario José Chavez, Katherine Mercedes Molina Zelaya
Producers Kirsten Kunhardt, Susanne Wischnewski
Production Company KW Kunhardt & Wischnewski Filmproduktion/Berlin, in co-production with Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
Runtime 88 min
Subtitled Versions English, German
Festivals Tokyo 2008 (In Competition)
With backing from BZM Bundesministerium fuer wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung

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