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Year of Production 2023

Big Dreams

English title: Big Dreams
Original title: Deti Nagana
German title: Große Träume
Czech Republic, 2023

Director: Pánek, Dan
Production company: Visual Riders s.r.o
Age recommendation: 8 years and up
Length: 98 min.
Film genre: Feature film

Synopsis:
The year is 1998, in Nagano, Japan. The Czechs win the gold in Olympic ice hockey and the crowds go wild. All the kids want to be like Jagr or Hašek. Among them is Dom, an 11-year-old dreamer who looks up to his new idol. He would love to play hockey, but his parents don't have the money and doubt his abilities. On his grandfather’s advice, Dom and his friend Honza build a hockey team, calling themselves the Sabres after Hašek's home team in Buffalo. This team of disparate, underestimated kids focus on their great challenge – to defeat the Red Wings team from the next village and earn respect. After an initial defeat, the Sabres are taken over by the peculiar coach Karel, a former major league hockey player, and they gradually head for a rematch. This story of friendship, sport, pride, euphoria, and underdogs sends a message that children's dreams have many forms and that children need to be supported.

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

Festivals:
Zlin CFF 2023, Michel CFF Hamburg 2023, Schlingel CFF Chemnitz 2023, Münster CFF 2023, Filem’on CFF Brussels 2023 (awarded), Kineko CFF Tokyo 2023, Cottbus IFF 2023, Oulu CFF 2023, Vienna CFF 2023 (awarded), Castellinaria CFF Bellinzona 2023, Ale Kino! CFF Poznan 2023, Olympia CFF Pyrgos 2023 (awarded)

ECFA interview available

Study guide: German

Study guide: Italian

World sales address/es:
Visual Riders (CZ)

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Bontonfilm (Cz)