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ECFA Award Winner

Secret, The

Original title: Hemmeligheden
German title: Geheimnis, Das
Denmark, 2012

Director: Køhlert, Morten
Production company: Cacaofilm, Toolbox Film
Age recommendation: 10 years and up

When their mother dies three children keep up appearances to avoid being split-up. As they try to cover-up, more secrets unravel including mysterious tickets to Barbados.

It's a rollercoaster coming-of-age story. Focus is on the three kids thrown into extraordinary circumstances which brings out best and worst in their relationship to themselves, each other, death and having to be/become an adult. Mum's corpse only appears briefly in the first episode, and the morbid aspects of the story are undertoned in relationship to the subtle humor, the kid's emotional development story and the basic excitement of finding out who your mother and father really is.

"The winner is an extremely touching movie, with only few settings but with a profound and humorous story about the grief of a young family." (Statement of the ECFA-Jury at the Schlingel Festival in Chemnitz 2012).

Marketing strategies:
Based on a play by Thomas Howalt.

Kristiansand 2012, Buster Copenhagen 2012, Schlingel Chemnitz 2012 (awarded, ECFA Award), Cinekid Amsterdam 2012, Nordic Filmdays Lübeck (awarded), Jeugdfilmfestival Antwerp & Brugge 2013 (awarded), FIFEM Montreal 2013, BUFF Malmö 2013, Cinekid Amsterdam 2013, Cinepeanz Cologne 2013 (awarded), Gaffa Vienna 2014

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LevelK (DK)

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Bundesverband Jugend und Film (DE)