Two MDR children’s productions celebrate their premiere at the Goldener Spatz film festival

Daniela Mussgiller, Editor-in-Chief of TV Movies, Series and Children: “Two of our productions are celebrating their premiere at the Golden Spatz – what an honor and distinction! After all, children’s films are particularly important to MDR as they provide a wonderful opportunity for young people to identify with them. We are very pleased to have the opportunity to present our film in Thuringia and thank the teams in front and behind the camera for their commitment!

Anke Lindemann, Editor-in-Chief Children and Family: Both ‘Alfons Zitterbacke’ and ‘Zitterinchen’ – a fairy tale by Ludwig Bechstein, are based on historical sources. In both cases, we have searched for a contemporary and modern translation without leaving the historical background. The nomination for the Golden Sparrow shows that we are right in this claim. I’m really looking forward to the premieres and the audience’s first impressions! ”

“Alfons Zitterbacke – Finally a class trip!” shows how universal issues work across generations. The GDR-influenced story is transported into the present with a lot of humor and has always been linked to topics from all young people’s lives: love, friendship, who am I and who do I want to be? The opening film at the Goldener Spatz children’s film festival was made with the participation of MDR (Federführer). The film was shot last year in Saxony-Anhalt and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania with a star ensemble (Alexandra Maria Lara, Sam Riley, Thorsten Merten, Luis Vorbach, Anna Thalbach, Gojko Mitić and others). On May 29 at 4.30 pm, the children’s and youth film Festival Goldener Spatz opens in Gera.

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Completely oversleeping, Alfons manages the bus for his school trip to the Baltic Sea at the last second. In the luggage: a lot of adventure, funny jokes and – wait a minute – his mother’s clothes ?! He accidentally changed his suitcases – right now when he wanted to prove to his new classmate Leonie how cool he is. To the amazement of his best friends Benni and Emilia, Alfons has the saving idea: he is running for class representative. However, his eternal rival Nico immediately sees that Alfons wants to impress Leonie and challenges him to make a stupid bet. Alfons’ fate as the eternal unfortunate goes its own way!

“Alfons Zitterbacke – Finally a class trip!” is a co-production between X Filme Creative Pool GmbH, Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (leading) and the state television companies in ARD with the participation of KiKA, produced with the support of Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, MV Filmförderung, Commissioner for Culture and Media for the Film Promotion Agency, and the German Film Promotion Fund.

Seasons “Alfons Zitterbacke – Finally a class trip!” at Golden Spatz:
Sunday 29 May 16.30 in the Gera Theater (opening)
Monday the 30/05 at 9.00 in KuK Gera
Wednesday, 01.06. 15.30 in CineStar Erfurt
Thursday, 02.06. 9.00 in CineStar Erfurt

From 30.06. the film is touring.

“Little bitch” was considered an adventure of Ludwig Bechstein deliberately polished the grain to create a current version based on a historical context: In a long time ago, sisters Alma and Christine lived in their little house on the outskirts of a village and took care of themselves. While the beautiful Christine is confident and wildly bouncing through life, her sister Alma is downright shy and buries herself in her great hobby, painting. Christine predicts a great future for her sister Alma, and she is actually hired by Prince Philips’ court as a painter for his botanical almanac. A love story takes place in which the evil baroness and her daughter Irm play a crucial role, Christine almost dies and a nymph and the little puppy Zitterinchen intervene.

“Zitterinchen” is a production of Kinderfilm GmbH for the ARD series “Six in one go” based on the fairy tale of the same name by Ludwig Bechstein. MDR is responsible for the editing.

Playing times “Zitterinchen” at Golden Spatz:
Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at 11:15 in KuK Gera
Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at 15.30 in Metropol Gera
Friday, June 3, 2022 at 11.15 in CineStar Gera

For Christmas 2022, “Zitterinchen” will be broadcast on television for the first time under the headline “Six at once”.

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