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What would Alfons Zitterbacke give to be a great athlete, a super student and an astronaut, just like Alexander Gerst. But that isn’t what his world looks like. The 11-year-old stumbles from one mishap to the next. Everyone seems to gang up on him. Unfair teachers, vicious classmates and a very strict father generally make life miserable for him – when out of the clear blue an aircraft competition offers the opportunity to participate in an astronaut camp and Alfons sees his chance: At last he can show the world what a brilliant inventor he is – particularly Emilia, the new girl in class. The only trouble is that Alfons’ rival, Nico, also decides to take part in the competition and challenges him to a dual: Are you chicken or what? In his dilemma, Alfons drags his best friend Benni, into the affair, and now there’s no way out: They have to win the competition. But how?

ALFONS ZITTERBACKE is an action-packed comedy about friendship, outer space, fathers and sons and the best plans for building rockets.
Genre Family Entertainment
Category Feature
Year of Production 2019
Director Mark Schlichter
Screenplay Anja Flade-Kruse, Mark Schlichter, John Chambers
Cinematography Christof Wahl
Cast Tilman Döbler, Alexandra Maria Lara, Devid Striesow, Leopold Ferdinand Schill, Lisa Moell, Ron Antony Renzenbrink, Katharina Thalbach, Wolfgang Stumph, Bürger Lars Dietrich, Olaf Schubert, Thorsten Merten, Stephanie Stumph, Louis Held, Laila Meinecke, Rosa Meinecke, Tobias Krell, Helmut Roßmann, Alexander Gerst
Producers Nicole Kellerhals, Uwe Schott, Stefan Arndt
Co-Producer Mark Schlichter
Production Company X Filme Creative Pool, in co-production with MDR, ARD
Runtime 90 min
Format DCP, color, 1:1.85
Festivals German Film Festival Portland 2019, KinderKinoFestival Schwäbisch Gmünd 2019, Universal Kids FF Turkey 2019, Hsinchu City Children's FF 2019, Int. Children's FF Yerevan 2019, SCHLINGEL Chemnitz 2019, Juniorfest 2019, Kinderkinofest Düsseldorf 2019, Festival des Deutschen Films Ludwigshafen 2019, Augenblick 2019, Quito IFF 2019, Kölner Kinderfilmfest 2019, Bielefelder Kinderfilmfest 2019, Listapad Minsk 2019, Black Nights Tallinn 2019, ZERO PLUS International Children's Film Festival 2019, Kinderfilmtagen Ruhrgebiet 2019, Roshd IFF 2019, "Rolan" IFF for Children & Youth Armenia 2019, Fünf Seen Kinderfilmfest 2019, Kolkata Int. Children's FF 2020, Kinderfilmfest Hof 2020, Int. Children's FF Bangladesh 2020, KIDFILM Family Festival Dallas 2020, FIFEM 2020, Seoul Guro Int. Children's FF 2020, Zoomz Festival Lucerne 2020, Awladna International Arts Forum for the Gifted 2020, Prokino Vendôme 2020, International Children’s & Youth Film Carnival 2020, Int. Festival for Children & Youth "Hero" Krasnojarsk 2020, Kinolub Film Festival for Children and Youth 2020, Baja California IFF 2020, International Film Festival for Children & Youth Ojo de Pescodo 2020, International Children’s & Youth Film Festival Carnival Hong Kong 2020, La Matatena Festival Internacional de Cine para Niños 2020, MOTOVUN FF Zagreb 2020, Children's Film Festival Mexico La Matatena Festival Internacional de Cine para Niños 2020, New Delhi - INDIAN 2020, Moscow International Children's Film Festival 2021, Dili International Film Festival Osttimor 2021, Festival Audiovisual Infantil y Juvenil Venezuela 2021, International Film Festival for Children and Youth „Hero“ Russia 2021, Week of German Speaking Films „Prokino 2022“ France 2022
Awards Children's Jury Award Best Film ZERO PLUS 2019, Best Long Feature Film "Rolan" IFF for Children & Youth Armenia 2019, Best feature-length film for children and youth at International Film Festival for Children and Youth HERO (Siberia) 2020, Best Feature Film at Moscow International Children's Film Festival 2021, Best Fantasy Feature Film at Festival Internacional de las Artes Cinematograficas de San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico 2021

With backing from BKM, German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung

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