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Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 01/2017

Based on Michael Ende's best-selling novel, this epic fantasy adventure follows a young orphan boy Jim Button, his best friend Luke and a magical steam engine called Emma as they travel from their home on the tiny island of Morrowland throughout the world in search of the truth about Jim's origins. Luke and Jim begin the greatest adventure of their lives, promising the Emperor of Mandala that they will rescue his daughter, Princess Li Si, who was kidnapped by pirates and dragged across the terrifying Valley of Shadows to the deadly Dragon City. The further they get, the more their suspicion grows that there is a connection between Jim’s unknown origins and Li Si's disappearance...
Genre Children & Youth, Family Entertainment, Fantasy, Literature
Category Feature
Year of Production 2018
Director Dennis Gansel
Screenplay Dirk Ahner, Andrew Birkin, Sebastian Niemann
Cinematography Torsten Breuer
Cast Solomon Gordon, Henning Baum, Annette Frier, Christoph Maria Herbst, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Milan Peschel, Rick Kavanian, Volker Michalowski
Producer Christian Becker
Co-Producers Willi Geike, Matthias Rosenberger, Derrick H. Myer, Charlie Woebcken, Christoph Fisser, Christian Franckenstein, Achim Rohnke
Production Company Rat Pack Filmproduktion, in co-production with Warner Bros. Entertainment GmbH, Malao Film, Studio Babelsberg Motion Pictures, Constantin Film Produktion, Bavaria Film
Festivals Giffoni 2018, German Film Festival Portland 2018, KINOFEST Seattle 2018, La Matatena Mexico City 2018, Kinderkinofest Düsseldorf 2018, MUSIKFILMTAGEN Oberaudorf 2018, Traverse City FF 2018, CineMagic Belfast 2018, IFF Emden-Norderney 2018, Festival des deutschen Films Ludwigshafen 2018, BFI London 2018, International Sound & Film Music Film Festival Pula 2018, Cape Town Int. Film Market & Festival 2018, Kinderfilmtage Ruhr 2018, Valladolid 2018, Schlingel Chemnitz 2018, CPH PIX/BUSTER 2018, JUNIORFEST 2018, Final Cut Marburg 2018, Fünf Seen FF 2019, Belmont Family FF 2019, KIDS Dallas 2019, Freeze Frame Winnipeg 2019, Coastline Children’s Film Festival 2019, Tumbleweeds 2019, Kolkata 2019, Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis Saarbrücken 2019, Toronto Black FF 2019, Leeds Young Film Festival 2019, Halifax Black FF 2019, KidsBestFest Northhampton 2019, Lisbon Int. Kids Film Festival 2019, FIFEM Montreal 2019, Awladna Int. Arts Forum for the Gifted 2019, Seoul Guro Int. Kids FF 2019, Montréal Black FF 2019, Sofia/Art Fest 2019, Goldener Spatz 2019, Universal Kids FF Turkey 2019, Hsinchu City Children's FF Taiwan 2019, Children's FF Kyoto 2019, Int. Children's FF Yerevan 2019, Int. Children’s FF Kerala 2019, Chania IFF 2019, Visioni Fantastische Ravenna 2019, Canary Islands Fantastic FF 2019, FICAIJ Mérida 2019, International Children's Film Festival Taiwan 2020, CINI Lima 2020, Phenomena Fest Sao Paulo 2020, Int. Film Festival for Children and Youth “Hero” Krasnoyarsk 2020, Fantaspoa Fantastic Porto Alegre 2020, Nenagh Children’s FF 2020, Okotoks FF 2020, Ravenheart IFF Oslo 2020, Baja California IFF Mexico 2020, Okotoks FF Canada 2020, CINEFANTASY Sao Paulo 2020, Festival International de Cinema Kinshasa 2020, Ciudad del Este Independent Film Festival Paraguay 2020, Culture & Diversity Film Festival Los Angeles 2020
Awards Special Mention La Matatena 2018, Goldenen Nils Ludwigsburg 2018, Best Film & Best Actor (Solomon Gordon) Kinderfilmtage Ruhr 2018, Best Children's Film Final Cut Marburg 2018, Best Feature & Best Visual Effects Animago Awards 2018, White Elefant Award 2018, Bavaria Film Prize 2019 (Best Visual Effects), Special Award of the Kids Jury Kyoto 2019, Adult's Jury Award Winner: Best Feature Film FICAIJ Mérida 2019, Best Special Effects Canary Islands Fantastic FF 2019, Best Feature Film CINI Lima 2020, Best Actor (Solomon Gordon) Nenagh Children's FF 2020, Best Visual and Special Effects & Audience Award Okotoks FF Canada 2020, Best Film Ciudad del Este Independent Film Festival Paraguay 2020, Best Director (Dennis Gansel) - Culture & Diversity Film Festival Los Angeles 2020
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, MFG Baden-Württemberg, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Board, German Federal Film Fund, German Motion Picture Fund
German Distributor Warner Bros. Entertainment GmbH

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