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Letter for the King, The

Original title: Brief voor de Koning, De
German title: Brief an den König, Der
Netherlands/Germany, 2008

Director: Verhoeff, Pieter
Production company: Eyeworks Egmond Film and Television
Co-producers: Heimatfilm
Age recommendation: 8 years and up

Synopsis:
Turi bravely practises duels. Soon, the 16-year-old squire will be dubbed a knight. But before that, he and the other candidates will have to pass a test. Turi awaits the vigil in church with mixed feelings. The prospective knights are not allowed to speak, eat or drink. Actually, this is all not very difficult. But then in the middle of the night somebody is knocking on the church door. Despite all warnings by the others, Turi opens the door and breaks his silence. He just cannot help it because in his opinion, only a person in dispair would knock on a church door. Outside Turi is confronted with a ghastly sight - the severely injured and dying knight Edwinem. Before the latter closes his eyes for ever, he passes the squire a letter to the king of Unauwen containing a message of how the people of Unauwen can be protected from a major disaster. But the young squire does not know this. Without hesitating, Turi takes Edwinem’s horse and his signet ring and sets off into the neighbouring country. On his way he meets unexpected assistance. Young Piak becomes Turi’s faithful companion. But they do not travel alone. The Red Riders with their leader Slupor are on their trail in order to steel the secret message to the king from Turi.

Marketing strategies:
Based on the book by Tonke Dragt.

Festivals:
Chemnitz 2008 (awarded), Cinekid Amsterdam 2008, BUFF Malmö 2009, Sprockets Toronto 2009, Stockholm Junior 2009, Kristiansand 2009, Golden Sparrow Gera/Erfurt 2009, Zlin 2009, Showcommotion Sheffield 2009, Carrousel Rimouski/CAN 2009, Chicago 2009 (awarded), Istanbul ICFF 2009, Youngabout Bologna 2010, Yerevan/Armenia 2010 (awarded)

Website: www.debriefvoordekoningdefilm.nl/

World sales address/es:
Eyeworks Egmond (NL)
Attraction Distribution (CDN)

Sold to:
Inspire Pictures (NL)
Zorro-Filmverleih (D)
ZDF-Redaktion Kinder 1 (D)