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Bennie Brat

Original title: Bennie Stout
German title: Benni, der Lausebengel
Netherlands, 2011

Director: Nijenhuis, Johan
Production company: Farmhouse Film & TV
Co-producers: Nijenhuis & Co
Age recommendation: 5 years and up

Synopsis:
It is 1930 and all the children are looking forward to celebrating Santa Claus. Just like every year on December 5th, Sint Nicolaas (the Dutch equivalent of Santa Claus) will be arriving from Spain with presents for everyone. Bennie Stout, an intrepid and naughty young boy has put a stepping car on the list of presents he’d like. But the thing he’d like more than anything would be to have his father come back home. It is a period of financial crisis and Bennie’s father has gone off to Spain in search of work. But can’t Santa Claus arrange for his father to come home so that the whole family can celebrate ‘pakjesavond’ together? That turns out to be more difficult than he thought, but Bennie thinks of a trick. He knows that Santa Claus puts naughty boys in his sack and takes them back to Spain. So he secretly adds his name to Santa Claus’ Big Book of Naughty Children.

Comments:
Nostalgic Santa Claus film.

Festivals:
Cinekid Amsterdam 2011, Seoul IYFF 2012, Vienna ICFF 2012, Steiermark 2012 (awarded), Vittorio Veneto 2013 (awarded), Juniorfest Pilsen 2013

Website: www.benniedefilm.nl

World sales address/es:
Incredible Film (NL)

Sold to:
Independet (B)
Independet (NL)
KSM (DE)
Bundesverband Jugend und Film (DE)