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Pasta Detectives, The

English title: Pasta Detectives, The
Original title: Rico, Oskar und die Tieferschatten
German title: Rico, Oskar und die Tieferschatten
Germany, 2014

Director: Vollmar, Nele Leana
Production company: Lieblingsfilm
Co-producers: Fox International Productions Germany
Age recommendation: 6 years and up
Film genre: Feature film

Synopsis:
Rico is ten years old and – as he himself puts it – lowly gifted. Sometimes things just seem to fall out of his mind and Rico also has problems telling his left from his right. But he is still curious, likes to collect bits of paper, and is rarely afraid to approach strangers. The only thing that is missing, really, is a true friend. But then Rico meets Oskar, who is two years younger than he is. Oskar is highly gifted, he has the first 107 primary numbers off by heart, but unfortunately he is frightened of everything and everyone. that’s why he always wears a helmet.

The two of them soon become friends. Rico begins to do everything for Oskar. He even makes his mother go alone to visit her brother, who is seriously ill, because the date he has made with his new friend is more important. But Oskar doesn’t turn up. Not – as arranged – at eleven, and not even at twelve! Then Rico sees on the news that Oskar has been kidnapped by the notorious kidnapper, Mister 2000. Bravely, the lowly gifted lad launches a rescue operation ...

Comments:
More than 100.000 admissions during the first weekend of the film's German release, more than 300.000 admissions after three weeks in German cinemas!

Marketing strategies:
"Rico, Oskar and the Deeper Shadows" is based on the first book, with the same title, in the popular "Rico"- series by acclaimed children’s author Andreas Steinho?fel, who has received many prizes for his literary work.

Festivals:
Golden Sparrow CFF Erfurt/Gera 2014 (awarded), Kinderfilmfest Munich 2014 (awarded), Giffoni 2014, Buster Copenhagen 2014, Schlingel Chemnitz 2014 (awarded), Filem'on Brussels 2014, Goethe Institute's Children's Film Award 2014, Stuttgart 2014, German Film Critics' Award 2015: Best Film for Children, German Film Award 2015: Best Film for Children, Golden Elephant Hyderabad 2015, IFI Family Festival Dublin 2016

Website: http://www.ricoundoskar-derfilm.de

Study guide: German

Interview: in German with Neele Leana Vollmer (director) and Philipp Budweg (Producer)

 

World sales address/es:
Fox (20th Century Fox, D)

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Fox (20th Century Fox, D)