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Shy 11-year-old Philipp, whom everyone just calls Lippel, lives in a small town in Germany with his father, a famous gourmet chef. When his dad has to go away on business for a week, he leaves Lippel in the care of his new housekeeper, Mrs. Jakob. She seems very nice at first, but soon Lippel finds himself arguing with her over little household matters. It slowly turns into a domestic war, while Lippel seeks escape in his dreams at night, fleeing into an oriental fairy-tale world. There, his father is the lovable but weak king, whose children are at the mercy of his malevolent sister-in-law. The dreamworld double for Mrs. Jakob wants to do away with the children to take the throne herself. Soon Lippel finds himself living through incredible adventures in his dreams...
Category Feature
Year of Production 2009
Director Lars Büchel
Screenplay Paul Maar, Ulrich Limmer
Cinematography Jana Marsik
Sandy Saffeels
Konstantin Wecker
Frank Polosek
Cast Uwe Ochsenknecht, Edgar Selge, Eva Mattes, Karl Alexander Seidel, Christiane Paul, Anke Engelke, Moritz Bleibtreu
Producer Ulrich Limmer
Co-Producers Tania Reichert-Facilides, Benjamina Mirnik, Franz Krauss, Antonio Exacoustos, Bernd T. Hoefflin
Production Company Collina Filmproduktion, in co-production with Universum Film, B.A. Produktion/Munich, BR, NDR/Hamburg, element e filmproduktion/Hamburg
Runtime 100 min
Format 35 mm, color
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Berlin 2009, Shanghai 2009, Giffoni 2009 (In Competition), Chicago International Children's Film Festival 2009, Sprockets Toronto 2010
Awards Second Prize Chicago 2009, Bavarian Film Prize 2010 (Best Cinematography, Best Score)
With backing from German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, MOIN Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds
German Distributor Universum Film

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