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English title: Crocodiles
Original title: Vorstadtkrokodile
German title: Vorstadtkrokodile
Germany, 2009

Director: Ditter, Christian
Production company: Westside Filmproduktion
Co-producers: Constantin Film Produktion/Munich
Age recommendation: 6 years and up
Length: 97 min.
Film genre: Feature film

Ten-year-old Hannes, growing up with his young, single mother (Nora Tschirner) wants to join the coolest gang in the area, the Vorstadtkrokodile (“Suburban ’Gators”). But the ‘entry test’ goes wrong and his life is saved by Kai, who is desperate to join too. But Kai is wheelchair bound and unable to even run away when things get hot.

But when Kai witnesses a break-in, he suddenly becomes of great interest to the gang, being the only witness. He, in turn, will talk only if he can join. With his help and typically youthful imagination and courage, the group sets off to solve the case and take on the apparently unbeatable criminal gang.

Contact for festival screenings: Renate Zylla, RZylla@arcor.de

Marketing strategies:
Based on the novel Die Vorstadtkrokodile by Max von der Grün. The book sold more than 800.000 copies in Germany. The film had about 650.000 cinema admissions in Germany. At festivals all over the world this film has won 29 awards (counted until May 2010), mostly given by children's juries or audience awards, but also by experts' juries.

Giffoni 2009, Nueva Mirada Buenos Aires 2009, Cinekid Amsterdam 2009 (awarded), Istanbul ICFF 2009, Oulu 2009 (awarded), Olympia Pyrgos 2009 (awarded), Ale Kino Poznan 2009, Taipei/Taiwan 2010, Seattle 2010 (awarded), Antwerp/Brugge 2010 (awarded), Vittorio Veneto 2010 (awarded), BUFF Malmö 2010, Taiwan ICFF Taipei 2010, Leeds 2010 (awarded), Lucknow 2010, Reel2Real Vancouver 2010 (awarded), Sprockets Toronto 2010 (awarded), Kristiansand 2010, Lola Kenya Screen Nairobi 2010, Goelali Jakarta 2010, Vilnius 2010, Castellinaria Bellinzona 2010, Dhaka/Bangla Desh 2011, Providence 2011, Cyprus 2011, FIFEM Montreal 2011, Berimora Riga 2011, Pula 2011 (awarded), ICFF Bangladesh Dhaka 2013, Tumbleweeds CFF 2020

Website: www.vorstadtkrokodile.film.de

ECFA interview available

Study guide: Danish

Study guide: Flemish

Study guide: German

World sales address/es:
Attraction Distribution (CDN)

Sold to:
Constantin (DE)
In The Air (NL)
Jef (BE)
Zero em Comportamento (PT)