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Original title: Kopfüber
German title: Kopfüber
Germany, 2013

Director: Sahling, Bernd
Production company: Neue Mediopolis Filmproduktion
Co-producers: Arri, Steelecht
Age recommendation: 8 years and up

Synopsis:
More than anything, 10-year-old Sascha likes going on bike rides with his neighbour Elli, working on his sound collection and fixing up bikes in his workshop. What he doesn’t like is the new special school he has been sent to in order to learn how to read and write. But why is he always getting into trouble... at school, at home, even with the police? One day Sascha is caught stealing and his mother decides to seek help at the youth welfare office. Social worker Frank gets a one year assignment to help the boy. How practical to always have a personal ‘bodyguard’ at your disposal! Frank convinces Sascha to have a few medical tests done. The diagnosis: ADHD, an attention deficiency disorder. Sascha is prescribed pills, his school performance improves and he gets into less trouble, but his character also changes and his friendship to Elli starts to fall apart. She’s the only one who always liked him for the way he was, but now Sascha even barely recognises himself anymore.

Festivals:
Berlin Generation 2013, FIFEM Montreal 2013, BUFF Malmö 2013, Kristiansand 2013, Nomination for the European Young Audience Award 2013, Ciné-Jeune St. Quentin 2013, Zlin 2013, Kinderfilmfest Munich 2013, Lucas Frankfurt 2013, Buster Copenhagen 2013, Michel Hamburg 2013, London IFF 2013, Schlingel Chemnitz 2013, ICFF Vienna 2013 (awarded), Cinepeanz Cologne 2013, Olympia Pyrgos 2013 (awarded. ECFA Award), Ale Kino! Poznan 2013, Stuttgart CFF 2013, Sehpferdchen Hannover 2014Wild Bunch 17.05.2014 Mike says Goodbye 1242 Mike verabschiedet sich Groeten van Mike, De 17.05.2014 Peters, Maria Shooting Star Filmcompany 3-2013 Netherlands 2012 www.degroetenvanmike.nl 9 Mike's mother doesn't arrive to pick him up from hospital. Will he get to celebrate
Christmas at home?
Mike is hospitalized for many months and wants to go home. But when he is released, his mother never shows up to take him home. The day before Christmas Mike is sent off to a children's institution. How will he manage to celebrate Christmas at home together with his mum? 1722 Mountain Road (NL) 311 A-Film (NL) More than 200.000 admissions in the Netherlands. Zlin 2013, Giffoni 2013 (awarded), Lucas Frankfurt 2013 (awarded), Michel Hamburg 2013, Schlingel Chemnitz 2013 (awarded), Cinekid Amsterdam 2013, Chicago ICFF, Filemon Brussels 20132013, Juniorfest Pilsen 2013 (awarded), Just Film Black Nights Tallinn 2013 (awarded), ICFF Vienna 2013 (awarded), Oulu 2013, Cinemagic Belfast 2013 (awarded), Ale Kino! Poznan 2013, Augsburg 2014

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

World sales address/es:
ARRI (DE)

Sold to:
Alpha Medienkontor (D)
Bundesverband Jugend und Film (DE)