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ECFA Award Winner

Too Far Away

English title: Too Far Away
Original title: Zu weit weg
German title: Zu weit weg
Germany, 2019

Director: Winkenstette, Sarah
Production company: Weydemann Brothers
Co-producers: Orange Roughy Filmproduktion, Rotor Film, Norddeutscher Rundfunk
Age recommendation: 8 years and up
Length: 86 min.

11-year-old Ben's village will soon be only an open brown coal mine. He and his family move to a nearby city but Ben fails to fit in at his new school. Bullied, he returns secretly to his old, abandoned home. His one pleasure, football, pales with the arrival of 12-year-old Tariq, a Syrian refugee and better player. But when bureaucracy stops Tariq playing and he runs away, Ben finds him and learns that Tariq is desperate to be reunited with his scattered family. To cheer him up, Ben shares his biggest secret: the village. Jealousy on the football field becomes friendship and understanding. So when Tariq's brother calls from Amsterdam, wanting Tariq to join him, he will leave with happy memories and Ben can finally feel at home in his new life.

Kristiansand CFF 2019, Molodist Kyiv 2019 (awarded), Giffoni IFF 2019, Zurich IFF 2019, Schlingel Chemnitz 2019 (awarded), Cinekid Amsterdam 2019, Münster CFF 2019, Filem'On CFF Brussels 2019 (awarded), Chicago CFF 2019, Nordic Filmdays Luebeck 2019, Cottbus IFF 2019, Smile CFF New Delhi 2019 (ECFA Award), Augenblick Filmfestival Strassbourg 2019, Lünen FF 2019, KinderKinoFest Duesseldorf, Just Film Tallinn 2019, Oulu CFF 2019 (ECFA Award), Ale Kino! Poznan 2019 (awarded), , Smile CFF New Delhi 2019 (ECFA Award), Hof CFF 2020, New York CFF 2020, SehPferdchen CFF Hannover 2020, Luxembourg IFF 2020, Freeze Frame CFF Winnipeg 2020, Leeds Young Film Festival 2020, Espoo Ciné 2020, BIKY – Busan CFF 2020, Taboa CFF Tblissi 2020, Tromsø CFF 2020, Kinderfilmtage im Ruhrgebiet 2020 (awarded), Zagreb IFF 2020, Castellinaria CFF Bellinzona 2020, Youngabout FF Bologna 2020, Pula IFF 2021 (awarded), Vilnius CFF 2021, Kristiansand CFF 2022

Website: www.weydemannbros.com/en/filme/zu-weit-weg

ECFA interview available

Study guide: Finish

Study guide: German

Study guide: Norwegian

World sales address/es:
Onegate Studio Hamburg (DE)

Sold to:
Farbfilm-Verleih (DE)
Bundesverband Jugend und Film (DE)