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Scene from WHEN SANTA FELL TO EARTH (photo © A. Fischerkoesen/Bavaria Filmverleih)

The last thing Charlotte and Ben expected is that Niklas, the last real Santa, crash lands onto their street in the middle of a thunderstorm just before Christmas. Niklas is on the run from the ruthless Goblynch and his army of nutcrackers who have outlawed everything magical and transformed the bright and peaceful Christmas world into a dark and hostile place, governed by greed and money. Luckily for Niklas, he lands in a friendly neighborhood and meets Ben and Charlotte. But he is stranded without his currently missing, marzipan-loving reindeer, Twinklestar, who is invisible in the “normal” world. In return for the kids' help in finding his reindeer, Niklas offers them the best Christmas ever. And if finding an invisible reindeer is not difficult enough, Ben and Charlotte get involved in car chases, run into fake Santas and evil nutcrackers, knowing that if Niklas fails to fight off Goblynch, Christmas may be lost forever...

"A big-hearted holiday tale by the best-selling author of DRAGONRIDER and the INKHEART trilogy, Cornelia Funke. Magical." (The Washington Post)
Genre Family Entertainment
Category Feature
Year of Production 2011
Director Oliver Dieckmann
Screenplay Benjamin Biehn, Robin Getrost
Cinematography Alexander Fischerkoesen
Cast Alexander Scheer, Noah Kraus, Mercedes Jadea Diaz, Fritz Karl, Jessica Schwarz, Volker Lechtenbrink, Gisela Schneeberger, Gustav Peter Wöhler, Gruschenka Stevens, Paul Alzhäuser, Tamino Wecker, Eric Evers
Producer Uschi Reich
Co-Producers Veit Heiduschka, Karl Blatz, Gabriele Heuser, Irene Wellershoff
Production Company Bavaria Filmverleih- & Produktion/Munich, in co-production with Wega Film/Vienna, Dr. Wilfried Ackermann Filmproduktion/Leipzig, Kiddinx Filmproduction/Berlin, ZDF
Runtime 106 min
Format 35 mm, color, cs
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Dubai 2011
Awards People's Choice Award Dubai 2011
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds, German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, FISA, Land Salzburg
German Distributor Constantin Film Verleih

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