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by Bernd Sahling


Ten-year-old Sascha gives his mother a very hard time. He lives with her and two older siblings in an estate on the outskirts of town. The endless complaints about Sascha’s behaviour mean that things are often tense at home. Sascha is in the habit of stealing. He also lies, is short-tempered and simply refuses to abide by any agreements. This is not to say the boy doesn’t have his good points: he’s a whizz at repairing bicycles. Moreover, he and his friend Elli love cruising the district in search of different sounds they can mix into musical-acoustic pieces. When he looks set to fail school altogether his mother seeks help. A social worker decides Sascha needs medical assistance and doctors prescribe him pills for ADHD. The medication works wonders: things are soon fine again at school and the police no longer darken their door. Sascha is suddenly a model of calm obedience – so much so that even his long-suffering Mum becomes somewhat suspicious. Something is missing. Elli manages to put her finger on what it is: she’s noticed that her friend is no longer able to laugh.

international title: UPSIDEdown
original title: Kopfüber
country: Germany
sales agent: ARRI Media Worldsales
year: 2012
genre: fiction
directed by: Bernd Sahling
film run: 90'
release date: DE 07/11/2013
screenplay: Bernd Sahling, Anja Tuckermann
cast: Inka Friedrich, Marcel Hoffmann, Frieda-Anna Lehmann, Claudius von Stolzmann
cinematography by: Anne Misselwitz
film editing: Jörg Hauschild
art director: Dirk Waldeck
costumes designer: Marion Salzmann
music: Ralf R. Ollertz
producer: Jörg Rothe
co-producer: Antonio Exacoustos, Franz Kraus, David P. Steel
production: Neue Mediopolis Filmproduktion GmbH, ARRI Media Film + TV Services, Steelecht GmbH
backing: Kuratorium junger deutscher Film, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, BKM, German Federal Film Fund, Hessische Filmförderung, Akademie für Kindermedien
distributor: Alpha Films
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