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Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 03/2012

10-year old Ricky knows no fear, but still comes off worst against his cooler, bigger, brother Micha (15), who is always telling him to “Piss off!”

His parents’ woodworking shop provides the one place where Ricky feels safe, but the business is in trouble, the family’s existence in the balance. With emotions high, Micha’s running dispute with his father threatens to boil over.

Things change when tough girl Alex (13) moves to the village. Micha has the hots for this unusual girl, but because she plays very hard to get he employs his clever, younger, brother as his spy. In return, Ricky gets Micha for his bodyguard, 24/7, and the two become a team: Ricky finally has the close relationship with his brother he has always longed for.

Amazingly, Ricky becomes friends with Alex and provides Micha with valuable information. Even more: he feels a kinship with her, something that could almost be his very first love. He even shows Alex his secret retreat, a small clump of trees with a hidden clearing.

Suddenly, however, Ricky must decide where his loyalties lie. Does he want to keep on spying for Micha or should he carry on meeting with Alex on his own initiative? Also, what should he do now when Micha says the espionage mission is over and suddenly makes his own date with Alex? Not even the Chinese novice monk, Xi Lao Peng, who exists only in Ricky’s imagination and with whom he trains Kung-Fu in order to finally become invincible, can help him.

As much as their secret mission brought the brothers together, the mistrust between them flares up again just as suddenly. The crisis in Micha and his father’s relationship reaches a peak and Micha decides to run away from home: it is also Alex’s opportunity to finally turn her back on the village she hates so much. Micha bets everything on a single card and so risks not only his own life. At which point Ricky shows his true greatness...

Genre Children & Youth, Family Entertainment
Category Feature
Year of Production 2013
Director Kai S. Pieck
Screenplay Hannes Klug
Cinematography Mel Griffith
Cast Rafael Kaul, Jordan Elliot Dwyer, Merle Juschka, Paul Maximilian Schüller, Hoang Dang-Vu, László I. Kish, Petra Kleinert, Clelia Sarto, Kai Schumann
Producer Jost Hering
Production Company Jost Hering Filme/Berlin
Shooting Dates July-August 2012
Festivals Goldener Spatz 2013, Zlin 2013, Oulu 2013, Fünf Seen Festival 2013 (In Competition), Giffoni 2013, International Children's Film Festival Brussels 2013, 12th China International Children’s Film Festival in Siping City 2013, Cinemagic Belfast 2013, International Film Festival for Children & Youth Yerevan 2013, Children's Film Fest Münster 2013, CineKid 2013, Bielefelder Kinder- und Jugendfilmfest 2013, JUNIORFEST Czech Republic 2013, Junior Galway Film Fleadh 2013, Kinofest Lünen 2013, Final Cut Kinder- und Jugendfilmfestival Marburg 2013, Filmkunsttage Sachsen-Anhalt 2013, Golden Elephant International Children's Fim Festival India 2013, Kinolino Dresden 2013, Children's Film Festival Seattle 2014, Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth Vancouver 2014, Kids Best Fest Northampton 2014, Stockholm International Film Festival Junior 2014, Cinecita Colombia 2014, CFS Bangladesh 2014, CHULPICINE- Festival de Cine Infantil y Juvenil Ecuador 2014, International Children's Film Carnival Hong Kong 2014, Cracow 7th International Film Festival for Children Galicja 2014, Carrousel International Film Festival of Rimouski 2014, Festival des deutschen Films Ludwigshafen 2014, Kolkata International Children's Film Festival 2014, 2nd CAT International Children's and Youth Film Festival Moscow 2015, Children's Film Festival Kyoto 2015, Augenblick 2015
Awards Special Prize of the Children's Jury Seattle 2014
With backing from Kuratorium junger deutscher Film, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, BKM, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
German Distributor Farbfilm Verleih

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