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Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 01/2016

Fatih Akin's latest feature film is based on the best-selling cult novel by the late author Wolfgang Herrndorf, Why We Took the Car, which was one of the biggest literary successes in Germany of recent years and has been published in more than 30 countries. The story centers on 14-year-old outsider Maik Klingenberg. While his mother is in rehab and his father on a "business trip" with his assistant, Maik spends his time during the summer holidays alone by the pool of his parents' villa. But then Tschick (portrayed by newcomer Anand Batbileg in his screen acting debut) appears. In fact, Tschick's real name is Andrej Tschichatschow, and he comes from Berlin. He has a stolen Lada with him, and the two youngsters set off on an unforgettable roadtrip through provincial Germany.
Genre Comedy, Literature
Category Feature
Director Fatih Akin
Screenplay Lars Hubrich, Hark Bohm, Fatih Akin
Cinematography Rainer Klausmann
Cast Tristan Göbel, Anand Batbileg, Mercedes Müller
Producer Marco Mehlitz
Co-Producers Susa Kusche, Kalle Friz
Production Company Lago Film, in co-production with STUDIOCANAL/Berlin
Shooting Dates September-November 2015
Festivals Zagreb 2016, Macao 2016, Mumbai 2016, Kerala 2016, Dublin 2017, Sofia 2017, Kino Pavasaris Vilnius 2017, BAFICI 2017, Zlin 2017, Edinburgh 2017, Shanghai 2017, Guanajuato 2017, Durban 2017, BUSTER Copenhagen 2017, Love & Anarchy Helsinki 2017, Valladolid 2017, Havana Int. Festival of New Latin American Cinema 2017
Awards EFA Youth Audience Award 2017, Golden Slipper Special Mention & Main Prize of the Youth Jury Zlin 2017
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds
German Distributor STUDIOCANAL/Berlin

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