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Scene from THE CRCODILES (photo © 2008 Constantin Film Verleih GmbH)

Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 03/2008

It appeared in 1977 as a novel, sold more than 800,000 copies, was issued as an audio book, is even used across the country in classrooms and has countless fans across all age groups, Die Vorstadtkrokodile has impressed and fascinated a whole generation. Now, for the first time, this exciting book for young people is being adapted with a great deal of humor, action and adventure for today’s cinema screens.

Ten-year-old Hannes, growing up with his young, single mother (Nora Tschirner) wants to join the coolest gang in the area, the Vorstadtkrokodile (“Suburban ’Gators”). But the ‘entry test’ goes wrong and his life is saved by Kai, who is desperate to join too. But Kai is wheelchair bound and unable to even run away when things get hot.

But when Kai witnesses a break-in, he suddenly becomes of great interest to the gang, being the only witness. He, in turn, will talk only if he can join. With his help and typically youthful imagination and courage, the group sets off to solve the case and take on the apparently unbeatable criminal gang.

Vorstadtkrokodile stars upcoming, young, German talent, in particular Nick Romeo Reimann (The Wild Soccer Bunch 3-5), Fabian Halbig (drummer with the band Killerpilze), Leonie Tepe (Taco und Kaninchen) and Manuel Steitz (The Robber Hotzenplotz, Mr. Woof).

Director and scriptwriter Christian Ditter proved he can reach, as well as entertain, a young audience with his French for Beginners. Here, he keeps the unique charm of the original novel while adapting it for a different medium.

For Rat Pack Filmproduktion, producer Lena Olbrich’s previous credits include Neues vom Wixxer, Was nicht passt, wird passend gemacht and Der Wixxer.

Vorstadtkrokodile is produced by Westside Filmproduktion and Rat Pack Filmproduktion in co-production with Constantin Film Produktion. Familiar names, certainly, but they are also the names behind such box office successes as Bang Boom Bang, Hui Buh – The Goofy Ghost, the aforementioned French for Beginners as well the recent Dennis Gansel hit, The Wave.

With Vorstadtkrokodile audiences can expect another imaginative, entertaining and, at the same time, high-quality, reason to go to the cinema.

Category Feature
Year of Production 2009
Director Christian Ditter
Screenplay Christian Ditter
Cinematography Christian Rein
Ueli Christen
Eva Maria Stiebler
Cast Manuel Steitz, Leonie Tepe, Axel Stein, Jacob Matschenz, Oktay Oezdemir, Nora Tschirner, Smudo, Maria Schrader, Martin Semmelrogge, Ralf Richter, Fabian Halbig, Nick Romeo Reimann
Producers Christian Becker, Anita Schneider, Lena Schoemann, Martin Moszkowicz, Rat Pack Filmproduktion
Production Company Westside Filmproduktion GmbH, in co-production with Constantin Film Produktion
Format 35 mm, color
Shooting Dates North Rhine Westphalia, June - August 2008
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals 2009: Giffoni, Nueva Mirada Buenos Aires, Tel Aviv International Children's Film Festival, Cinekid Amsterdam, Moscow IFF for Children & Young People, Istanbul International Children's Film Festival, Hyderabad India 2009, Oulu, London Children's Film Festival, JUST FILM/Tallinn Black Nights, Cinemagic Belfast, Olympia IFF for Children & Young People, Ale Kino! Poznan, Dubai, Schlingel Chemnitz, 2010: Bangladesh Dhaka, Seattle Bangalore, Reel Fun Calgary European Youth Film Festival Flanders, Glasgow, Montreal International Children's Film Festival, BUFF Malmo, Real 2 Real Vancouver, Sprockets Toronto, ViewFinders Halifax, Kids Film Fest Jakarta, Kristiansand, Children's Film Festival Mexico City, Buster Copenhagen, Cinema per Ragazzi, Cairo IFF for Children, Freeze Frame Winnipeg, DIVERCINE Festival Internacional de Sine para Ninos, Jóvenes – Montevideo, Seoul International Youth Film Festival, Children`s Film Festival Mexico - Mexico City, LOLA KENYA SCREEN - Nairobi, Buster - Copenhagen, ZOOM Family Film Festival Columbus/Ohio, International Film Festival for Children & Youth Zlin, Sarajevo, Transilvania FF Bucharest, Goelali Children's FF Jakarta, Art Amphora Sofia, Mostra Geracao Rio, Cinéjeune, Giffoni Bahrain, IFF for Children & Young People in Armenia, Vilnius, Mill Valley, IFF Juniorfest, Inverness, Piccolo Grande Cinema, Asheville, FICI Madrid, Nepal International Children's Film Festival Kathmandu 2010, 11th China International Children's Film Festival 2011, SANFIC Santiago de Chile 2011, Zanzibar International Film Festival 2011, Durban 2011, Milwaukee Children’s Film Festival 2011, 4th International Film Festival for Children Galicja Cracow 2011, Pula Film Festival Croatia 2011, Cinecita Santa Marta 2012, 8th Traverse Film Festival 2012, Breaking Down Barriers Moscow 2012, Montreal International Children's Film Festival 2014
Awards Children's Jury Award Tel Aviv 2009, Cinekid Lion Audience Award & MovieSquad Cinekid Award Amsterdam 2009, The Moscow Teddy Bear 2009, Popcorn Award Istanbul 2009, Golden & Silver Elephants & Honorable Mention Hyderabad 2009, Kaleva Award Oulu 2009, White Elephant Children's Medien Award 2009, Children's Tiger Screenplay Award 2009, Children's Jury Award & Special Mention Best Family Entertainment Olympia 2009, Children's Jury Award Best Film Seattle 2010, Children's Jury Award & Audience Award Antwerp 2010, Audience Award Bruges 2010, Children's Jury Award Best Feature Film & Best Actor (Robin Walter) Cinema per Ragazzi 2010, Children's Jury Award Best Feature Montreal 2010, International Jury Award Silver Cairo 2010, Youth Jury Award Best Feature Freeze Frame 2010, Audience Award Leeds 2010, Youth Jury Award - Best Picture/Adults Jury Award - Best Picture/Edith Lando Peace Prize Vancouver 2010, German Film Award 2010 (Best Children's Film), Audience Choice Award/Golden Sprckets Award Toronto 2010, KidsFest Award Jakarta 2010, City of Zlin Award & Main Prize of the Children's Jury Zlin 2010, Children's Jury Award Best Feature Film Mexico City 2010, Silver Mboni LOLA Kenya Screen 2010, Nordisk Film Foundation's Best Film for Children Award Copenhagen 2010, Little Goats on Tour Award - Best Feature Film, Poland 2010, Children's Jury of Plan DENI Award & Children's Audience Award DIVERCINE Uruguay 2010, Art Amphora Prize Sofia 2010, Children' Jury Award Lithuania 2010, Audience Award Rio 2010, Audience Award Mill Valley 2010, Audience Award FICI Madrid 2010, Children's Jury Award Best Feature Film Kathmandu 2010, Audience Award Berimor's Cinema Riga 2011, Children's Jury Award - Best Film & Jury Award - Best Director China International Children's FF 2011, Best Film Pula 2011, Children's Jury Award & Professional Jury Award Best Film Cracow 2011, Jury Award Best Film Cinecita Santa Marta 2012, Kids Audience Award Traverse Film Festival 2012
With backing from German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW
German Distributor Constantin Film Verleih

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