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Lapislazuli: In th Eye of the Bear

Original title: Lapislazuli - Im Auge des Bären
German title: Lapislazuli - Im Auge des Bären
Austria/Germany/Luxembourg, 2005

Director: Murnberger, Wolfgang
Production company: Dor Film, Samsa Film Luxembourg
Co-producers: Krebs & Krappen, Samsa Films, Betange Luxembourg
Age recommendation: 7 years and up

During her holidays a girl gets lost in the Alps. In a deserted valley she meets a boy who lives there as people lived in prehistoric times. - "A human nature adventure movie."

A blazing meteorite crashes into a glacier in the midst of an alpine wilderness, bringing back to life a frozen Neanderthal boy. The boy, whose name is Bataa, meets Sophie, a girl who has run away from a holiday chalet in the mountains. At first their communication is hampered by the divisions of language and time, but, before long, they discover that they have a number of things in common – for Sophie has lost her mother and can’t get along with her new patchwork family, and Bataa feels very lonely and longs for his own family. Both in need of each other, a special friendship soon evolves that is jeopardised when they are discovered by scientists determined to track down and capture Bataa as if he were a wild animal. Sophie helps him escape. The two children hide in an ancient, secret cave that was once a holy site for Neanderthals. Here, Bataa dies his hair with “lapislazuli” according to a mysterious ritual. When Bataa falls ill Sophie persuades her friend to go down into the valley. But the closer they get to modern civilisation, the more Bataa’s condition deteriorates. Sophie realises that Bataa cannot survive in today’s world, and a race against time begins… (Kinderfilmfest/14plus Berlin 2006)

Kinderfilmfest/14plus Berlin 2006, Duesseldorf 2006, Hof 2007, Sprockets Toronto 2007, Zlin 2007, Chicago 2007, Jakarta 2012

World sales address/es:
Dor Film (AT)

Sold to:
Fox (20th Century Fox, Austria)
Fox (20th Century Fox, D)