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Together with her mother Loretta, Lola lives on a house boat called “The Pea.” She has no friends other than the presumably crazy, old captain Solmsen. Since her father vanished into thin air, she has become more of an outsider at her school. She wants nothing to change until he comes back. That’s why she’s still wearing those much-too-small sneakers from the time he vanished. She doesn’t want to have her red hair cut, which she dyed previously, and the spot on her neck where her dad placed his last kiss, hasn’t been washed in a year. But suddenly two events tear Lola out of her lonely dream world. One: her mother has a new boyfriend. His name is Kurt and he’s a vet. Too bad he’s pretty nice, because an old dad cannot simply be exchanged and that’s why Lola does everything she can to get her mother and Kurt to split, which she almost accomplishes.

And then there is Rebin, the mysterious new student. Rebin is a Kurd and lives illegally in Germany with his parents. Mrs. Kuhbart [“Cow Beard”], the school’s headmaster, has, on her own authority, allowed Rebin to come to school. In the beginning, Rebin is suspicious, but by and by the two outsiders become friends. Rebin doesn’t have much free time: he has to deliver newspapers and helps his father clean Mr. Barkelt’s restaurant. Barkelt is the president of the Friends of Water Sports Club and wants to build a brand-new cove right in the snazzy marina, where The Pea is anchored.

When Rebin’s mother suddenly falls ill and cannot visit a regular physician, Rebin can’t attend school anymore and has to take over his mom’s job as well. In order to help Rebin, Lola needs to ask her mom’s boyfriend Kurt for help, even though she has just managed to get him out of the picture. He’s only a vet, but still the only doctor Lola knows whom she trusts. But Rebin’s fearful father, who catches them during a visit to the sick mother, does not accept any help and chases them out of the apartment. The next day, Rebin and his family are gone. The apartment appears to be deserted and Lola is convinced she has done everything the wrong way.

Yet, sometimes the world is bigger than you would think.
Genre Children & Youth, Family Entertainment
Category Feature
Year of Production 2014
Director Thomas Heinemann
Screenplay Thomas Heinemann
Cast Christiane Paul, Tobias Oertel, Antoine Monot Jr., Olaf Krätke
Producers Thomas Heinemann, Michel Morales
Production Companies superNeun Filmproduktion/Munich, Aviv Pictures/Munich
Runtime 92 min
Format DCP, color, 1:1.85
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Munich Children's Film Fest 2014, Giffoni 2014 (In Competition), 26th Children´s Film Festival Vienna 2014, 10th International Children´s Film Festival Seattle 2015, Fünf Seen Film Festival 2014, Freiburger Filmfest 2014, Kinderfilmfest Bremen 2014, Kinderfilmfest Bonn 2014, Schlingel Chemnitz 2014, Final Cut Kinder- und Jugendfilmfestival Marburg 2014, International Children's & Youth Film Festiva Oulu 2014, Chicago International Children's Film Festival 2014, Piccolo Grande Cinema il festival per le nuove generazioni Milano 2014, Children and Youth Film Festival Just Film/Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2014, Ale Kino! Poznan 2014, Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People 2014, Castellinaria Festival Internazionale del Cinema Giovane Bellinzona 2014, Belmont World Film's 12th Annual Family Festival 2015, Europees Jeugdfilmfestival Vlaanderen 2015, Providence Children's Film Festival 2015, Portland Maine 2015, Kinderfilmfest Hof 2015, Stockholm Junior 2015, Max Ophüls Prize Saarbrücken 2015, International Children's Film Festival Bangladesh 2015, Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth Vancouver 2015, Kristiansand International Children's Film Festival 2015, Cine-Jeune 2015, Children's Film Carnival Hong Kong 2015, Leeds Young People's Film Festival 2015, Cairo International Cinema & Arts Festival for Children 2015, 6th German Film Festival Portland 2015, Minneapolis St-Paul 2015, Children's Film Festival Bellingham 2015, Cyprus Film Days 2015, Dreamfest Romania 2015, Zlín 2015, Tel Aviv International Film Festival for Children & Youth 2015, Children's Film Festival Mexico City 2015, KINOLUB Cracow 2015, Children's Film Festival Kyoto 2015, ANDkids World Film Festival 2015, Nueva Mirada Argentina 2015, Brazilian Kids Film Festival 2015, International Film Festival for Children and Young People in Armenia 2015, Carrousel International du Film – Festival international de cinéma jeunesse de Rimouski 2015, Kodomo International Film Festival Okinawa 2015, Juniorfest Pilsen 2015, Colombo IFFC Sri Lanka 2015, KINOdiseea Bucharest 2015, Children's Filmfestival Pula 2015, Festival Européen du Film d'Éducation 2015, International Film Festival Corvallis 2015, MI PRIMER FESTIVAL International Filmfestival for Children & Youth Peru 2015, Golden Elephant International Children's Film Festival India (ICFFI) 2015, International Children's Film Festival Delhi 2015, Busan International Children's & Youth Film Festival 2016, Taiwan International Children's TV & Film Festival 2016, Sagebrush Hills Film Festival for Children 2016
Awards Audience Award Children's Film Festival Vienna 2014, ASPI Award Bellinzona 2014, Best Director, ECFA Award & Greek Actor's Guild Award Olympia 2014, Best international Feature Film International Children's Film Festival Bangladesh 2015, Audience Award Best Feature Film & Children's Jury Award Best Live Action Film Seattle 2015, Special Mention Children's Film Festival Mexico City 2015, Grand Prix Children's Jury Okinawa 2015, Grand Award "Little Goats on Tour" Poland Best Film 2015
With backing from BKM, German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds
German Distributor Farbfilm Verleih

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