Family film SPUTNIK wins jury prize in Marburg
At the closing of the 8th Marburger Children and Youth Filmfestival the family film SPUTNIK won the jury prize for Best Children’s Film. Scriptwriter and director Markus Dietrich received the award from the jury existing of nine children aged 10 to 13 years of age. The film starring renowned German actors as Yvonne Catterfeld, Devid Striesow, Maxim Mehmet and Andreas Schmidt, will show in 200 cinemas oktober 24th.
SPUTNIK tells the story about the ‘true’ events of the German reunification in 1989 seen from a child’s perspective. The young girl Frederike and her friends are building a teleportation device to beam her beloved uncle Mike back to the GDR, but accidently beam all their townspeople into the West instead.
The jury report on the winning film; “Because of the mixture of reality, fantasy and contemporary history, an interesting, funny and emotional film was made…. It is a serious issue shown in a child friendly and humorous way.”
SPUTNIK is a co-production of ostlicht filmproduktion GmbH and Hamster Film GmbH together with A Private View (BE) and Negative Film Productions (Czech Republic). The production is developed in collaboration with MDR and NDR and is realized with funding from Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Filmförderungsanstalt, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Státní fond kinematografie, Belgian Tax Shelter and Eurimages. The film will be released by MFA+ Filmdistribution. Canadian Attraction Distribution will handle the world sales.