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Annaluise has rich parents who are so busy with social obligations that they seldom have any time for her. Anton comes from a very poor background and works every evening in a little ice-cream parlour as a stand-in for his sick mother. In spite of these social differences, the two are the best of friends. In the new film version of Erich Kaestner's children's book of the same name, Annaluise isn't selling matches this time to help Anton earn some money, but is instead singing in Munich's town center while her parents are at the opera. Annaluise learnt the songs from her French aupair Laurence whom the eternally absent parents thought was the ideal chaperone for Annaluise. When Carlos, Laurence's greasy boyfriend, tries to break into Annaluise's home, Anton is, fortunately, there again and the housekeeper, big fat Berta, has a great idea....
Category Feature
Year of Production 1999
Director Caroline Link
Screenplay Caroline Link
Cinematography Torsten Breuer
Patricia Rommel
Niki Reiser
Cast Max Felder, Elea Geissler, Sylvie Testud, Meret Becker, Gudrun Okras, Benno Fürmann, August Zirner, Juliane Köhler
Producers Uschi Reich, Peter Zenk
Production Companies Lunaris Film- & Fernsehproduktion/Munich, Bavaria Filmverleih- & Produktion/Munich, in co-production with ZDF
Runtime 105 min
Format 35 mm, color
Subtitled Versions English, French
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Berlin 1999, Toronto 1999, Ghent 1999, Chicago 1999, Mar del Plata 1999, Havana 1999, Kolkata 2009, Zlín 2015
With backing from German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, BKM
German Distributor Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Germany/Munich

World Sales
Bavaria Media International