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Weight of Elephants, The

Original title: Weight of Elephants, The
German title: Schwere der Elefanten, Die
Denmark, New Zealand, Sweden, 2013

Director: Borgman, Daniel Joseph
Production company: Zentropa Entertainments5 Aps
Co-producers: Severe Features, Zentropa International Sweden AB
Age recommendation: 14 years and up

The day three kids disappear without a trace in New Zealand, Adrian's grandmother gives her eleven-year-old grandchild a crewcut. Throughout the film Adrian is given little opportunity to recover from the sense of uneasiness evoked by the shave. His mother has no capacities for him in her life; his fellow pupils bully him; the closest relationship he has is with his depressive uncle, a painter who is soon institutionalized. The only bright spots in Adrian's life are the encounters with his new neighbour's children. But one of the girls is suicidal and she draws Adrian into her plans. The film recounts a New Zealand childhood in artfully framed cinemascope images, whose expansiveness further increases the children's isolation.

Nordic Film Days Luebeck 2013, Black Nights Just Film Tallinn 2013, Ale Kino! Poznan 2013, Cine Junior France 2014 (awarded), Ciné Jeune de'l Aisne St. Quentin 2014 (special mention), Cannes Ecrans Junior 2014

Website: www.theweightofelephants.com

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New Zealand Film Commission (NZ)