SUNDAY, October 23, 2016 | 1:30 PM | Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA)
FAMILY MATINEE | US PREMIERE
Germany (2015), 87 min. German and English with English Subtitles.
Awkward, withdrawn 17-year-old Jan (Jahn) spends much of his time escaping his tedious teenage existence through video games. Online, he’s Fenris, a formidable level 69 player in the fantasy game “Battle of Utgard.” While preparing for the online tournament “Ragnorök,” Jan is unceremoniously barred from the game. Through some clever sleuthing and with the help of fellow expelled player Karo (Emde), Jan discovers that they have both been hacked by another player, a devious level 70 sorcerer known as Loki (Wegener). As the duo set out on a journey across Germany to find Loki’s human counterpart, Jan must learn to apply his considerable gaming skills to the real world. In his quest to regain his powerful online identity, he comes to appreciate his life as regular, teenage Jan. Florian Schnell’s spirited coming-of-age adventure is especially engaging when exploring the growing friendship between Jan and his feisty female companion, Karo. The script, co-written by Jan Cornauer, takes the unique approach of stressing the value of living in the real world without vilifying the online world the characters love.
Max Ophüls Festival Saarbrücken 2016, Sehsüchte 2016, Filmkunstfest Mecklenburg-Vorpommern 2016, Goldener Spatz 2016, Carnival Hong Kong 2016, Augenblick Alsace 2016, Cine La Vista 2016, IFF for Children & Young People in Armenia 2016, KIJUKO Bremen 2016, Cinepaenz Cologne 2016, LUCAS Frankfurt 2016, FINAL CUT Marburg 2016, Kinderfilmfest Bonn 2016, Sarajevo 2016, CineKid Amsterdam 2016, Cinestrange Filmfestival Braunschweig 2016, Kinderfilmfest Kassel 2016, Gijón 2016, Juniorfest Dobrany 2016
Filmkunstfest Mecklenburg-Vorpommern 2016: LEO Youth Jury Award
Director: Florian Schnell
Screenplay: Jan Cronauer, Florian Schnell
Cinematography: Dominik Berg
Cast: Moritz Jahn, Mala Emde, Ugur Ekeroglu, David Schütter, Hannes Wegener, Marc Zwinz
Producers: Christian Becker, Benjamin Munz, Anne Büttner, Marc Junker
Co-Producers: Stefanie Groß
Production Company: Rat Pack Filmproduktion/Munich, in co-production with SWR/Stuttgart, BR/Munich, ARTE/Strasbourg, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg/Ludwigsburg, Karl Filmproduktion
Rat Pack Filmproduktion
Florian Schnell was born in 1984 and studied Fictional Artwork at the University of Hildesheim, Directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg and participated in the UCLA Hollywood Workshop. His films include ZWEI MENSCHEN (experimental, 2004), HYBRIS (animation, 2009), MEINUNGSMEER (animation, 2010), FRISCH GESTRICHEN (short, 2011), MIA AND THE MINAUTOR (2012), IM SCHATTEN EUROPAS (doc, 2016), and his graduation film OFFLINE (2016).