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TRENK, THE LITTLE KNIGHT (RITTER TRENK)

TRENK, THE LITTLE KNIGHT
photo © Global Screen/blues eyes Fiction/WunderWerk

A fairytale land in the early Middle Ages has a dragon issue: the Duke announces a tournament to find the best knight who will fight against it. In exchange, the lucky winner will have a wish granted. Meanwhile, 10-year-old Trenk – peasant and property of evil Sir Wertolt – saves his pet piglet from the mean knight, but cannot prevent his father from being thrown into Wertolt's dungeon. Trenk does not hesitate a minute: he must learn to fight so that he can free his family.

In the city, he embraces the unique opportunity to swap places with Zink, a cowardly page who doesn't want to fight. Attacked again by Wertolt, Trenk is now saved by young Thekla von Hohenlob, the mistress of Hohenlob Castle. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Trenk has to replace Thekla's father in the tournament. Trenk loses and Wertolt has to defeat the dragon, but it wins hands down. Or nearly: Trenk and Thekla have followed the dragon into the beast's lair, where they are pushed in and locked up by the tirelessly wicked Wertolt. However, during their ordeals, the youngsters discover another side of the dragon that explains its tempestuous behavior...


Anthony Power was born in Waterford/Ireland and studied Art & Design at WRTC. After working as a graphic designer and illustrator, he started working in animation. His films as a director include the series URMEL, RENADA, MIA & ME and the title sequence for the award-winning series SIMSALLAGRIMM, the feature UNDER THE BLACK FLAG and TRENK, THE LITTLE KNIGHT.
Genre Animation, Family Entertainment
Category Feature
Year of Production 2015
Director Anthony Power
Screenplay Gerrit Hermans
Producers Corinna Mehner, Gisela Schäfer
Co-Producers Danny Krausz, Bernhard zu Castell, Jörg von den Steinen
Production Companies blue eyes Fiction, WunderWerk/Unterföhring, in co-production with Dor Film, Universum Film, ZDF
Length 80 min
Format DCP, color, 1:1.85
Dubbed Versions German
Original Version
 English
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Busan 2015, Warsaw 2015, Chicago Int. Children's Film Festival 2015, Cleveland 2016, Sofia 2016, Shanghai 2016, Zlin 2016
With backing from Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, German Federal Film Board, German Federal Film Fund, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, MEDIA, Österreichisches Filminstitut, ORF Film/Fernseh-Abkommen, Filmfonds Wien

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