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FESTIVALS Germany

German films sweep up Giffoni Griffins

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The 40th Giffoni Film Festival brought success for its German neighbours. Three German films took home prizes, including Franziska Buch’s Here Comes Lola! [+see also:
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, which won the Griffin Award in the age six-nine category, and the Audience Award.

This delightful film, produced by well-known youth film producer Uschi Reich for Bavaria (who are also handling sales), tells the story of a little girl whose family are zany to say the least. She has everything she needs (fabulous dreams and a wonderful secret hiding place...), except a best friend. When she sends her wish into the sky, tied to a balloon, she receives a mysterious message in a bottle.

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Here Comes Lola! was released on German screens on March 4 by Constantin.

Christian Ditter’s The Crocodiles 2, which centres on a gang of fearless little detectives from the Ruhr, was crowned Best Film in the age 10-12 category. Co-produced by Rat Pack and Constantin, the title is sold by Delphis Films.

In Germany, this second instalment in the highly popular series of "crocodile" adventures was launched in January by Constantin and the third instalment is currently shooting (see news).

Finally, the jury in the age three-five category of the "Elements +3" section awarded the Griffin for Best Animated Short Film to Martin Schmidt’s Precise Peter.

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(Translated from French)

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