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Scene from "Tuvalu" (photo courtesy of Bavaria Film International)

TUVALU is a poetic fairy-tale told without dialogue. Anton is locked by his blind father Karl into their old grand swimming pool.

To please Karl, Anton maintains the illusion that the bath is intact and constantly busy. But the only guest to come is Eva, looking for Imperial, the old steam machine in the cellar.

When Karl dies, the old empty pool dies with him. Anton and Eva take Imperial and sail away on Eva's tugboat to the island of Tuvalu.

The film was shot in b&w and colored afterwards in the laboratory.
Genre Comedy, Fantasy
Category Feature
Year of Production 1999
Director Veit Helmer
Screenplay Michaela Beck, Veit Helmer
Cinematography Emil Christov
Araksi Mouhibian
Juergen Knieper
Cast Philippe Clay, Denis Lavant, Chulpan Khamatova, Ej Callahan
Producer Veit Helmer
Production Company Veit Helmer-Filmproduktion/Berlin
Runtime 92 min
Format 35 mm, b&w
 international dialogue
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Sound Technology Dolby Digital, Dolby SR
Festivals San Sebastian 1999 (New Directors Competition), Chicago 1999, London 1999, Rotterdam 2000, Berlin 2000 (German Films), Transilvania IFF 2019
With backing from German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, SWF, MDR
German Distributor Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Germany/Munich

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