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Ruhr Valley, Germany, 1972. Hans-Peter is a pudgy nine-year-old growing up in the security of his family and fun-loving relatives. At first sight he might not be the most popular guy, but he has a talent for making others laugh, which he refines on a daily basis in his grandmother’s corner shop. However, dark shadows soon loom over the boy’s everyday life as his once cheerful mum becomes more and more depressed after an operation. Hans-Peter’s sad and hardworking father leaves him mostly in the care of his two grandmas, both of whom have big hearts and strong personalities. Their love and care make it possible for Hans-Peter to survive the ensuing emotional turmoil and use his comedic talents to heal his own wounds while also making people laugh along with him.
Genre Biopic, Comedy, Drama, Literature
Category Feature
Year of Production 2018
Director Caroline Link
Screenplay Ruth Toma
Cinematography Judith Kaufmann
Cast Julius Weckauf, Luise Heyer, Sönke Möhring, Diana Amft, Joachim Król, Maren Kroymann, Ursula Werner, Hedi Kriegeskotte
Producers Hermann Florin, Nico Hofmann, Sebastian Werninger, Tobias Timme
Production Company UFA Fiction, in co-production with Warner Bros. Film Productions Germany, Gesellschaft für Feine Filme
Runtime 100 min
Format DCP, color, cs
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Seattle 2019, Shanghai 2019, Kolkata 2019, Bengaluru 2020
Awards Bavarian Film Prize 2019 (Best Directing), Romy Award 2019 (Best Directing, Best Cinematography, Best Newcomer Actor), German Film Awards 2019 (Best Film: Bronze, Best Supporting Actress, Highest Admissions), Golden Space Needle Award Best Actor for Julius Weckauf Seattle 2019
German Distributor Warner Bros. Pictures

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