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Scene from SEPPI & HIAS (photo © Zefix Film/Emanuel Neumeister)

Seppi and Hias are inseparable pals – two typical little rascals in the hills and dales of Upper Bavaria. They speak the local dialect and would be indistinguishable from other kids their age, but for one slight difference. Seppi (whose real name is Yusuf) is actually of Turkish origin. The two 9-year-olds make their mischief in an Upper Bavarian village where they are third-grade classmates, play garage-door kickball, chow down on a local specialty called “Leberkäse” and cheer for the FC Bayern soccer team. They both dream of owning a Bayern jersey, but there is just one left at the local store. So how can they get their hands on it and who will be the first one to snap it up?

Just as Hias’ (short for Matthias) first communion and the obligatory visit to the confessional are in the offing, Seppi’s Islamic-conservative uncle arrives in town, and the two boys simultaneously find themselves confronted with their sins. Agitation and anxiety are the order of the day. But since when has eating Leberkäse been a sin? And how can you get rid of the burden of sin? But Seppi and Hias wouldn’t be dyed-in-the-wool scoundrels or true pals if they didn’t know how to get out of any tight spot!

SEPPI & HIAS is an homage to the Lausbubengeschichten (Little Rascals Stories) by Bavarian folk author Ludwig Thoma and the eponymous film adaptations from 1964-1969, but this time from a multi-cultural vantage point and with guest appearances by Hansi Kraus and FC Bayern soccer stars Philipp Lahm and Hamit Altintop. A story of friendship beyond cultural and religious borders.
Genre Children & Youth, Comedy, Family Entertainment
Category Short
Year of Production 2010
Director Emre Koca
Screenplay Emre Koca, Florian Wammetsberger
Cinematography Frank Hackeschmidt
Cast Can Schneider, Thomas Schöttl, Hansi Kraus, Hans Stadlbauer, Aykut Kayacik, Suzan Demircan, Michaela Heigenhauser, Philipp Lahm, Hamit Altintop
Producers Emre Koca, Rafael Parente, Oliver Bauer
Production Company Zefix Filmproduktion/Munich, in co-production with BR, Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München
Runtime 31 min
Format DigiBeta PAL, Blu-ray, color, 16:9
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Stereo
Festivals Fünf Seen Film Festival Starnberg 2010, FTII Students' Film Festival Pune/India 2010, Izmir Short Film Festival 2010, Internationaler Schüler-Filmgipfel Oberstdorf 2010, Kontrast Bayreuth 2011, Landshut Short Film Festival 2011, Turkish Film Days Munich 2011, India International Film Festival 2011, Sehsüchte Potsdam 2011, WorldKids India 2011, Emmentaler Film Days 2011, Grenzland Filmtage Selb 2012
Awards Knax Children's Film Award Bayreuth 2011, Children's Film Award Landshut 2011, Children's Film Award Sehsüchte Potsdam 2011, White Elephant Children's Media Award 2011 (Best TV Film), Best Children's Film Award Selb 2012
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern

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