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Original title: Spielzeugland
German title: Spielzeuglaand
Germany, 2007, 16 min.

Director: Jochen Alexander Freydank
Production company:
Mephisto Film GmbH
Lychener Str. 63
10437 Berlin
Fon: +49 30/75450267

Age recommendation: 12 years and up
Film genre: Feature film

Germany, the year 1942: In order to protect him from the devastating truth, Marianne Meißner tells her little son that their Jewish neighbours are going on a trip to "Toyland". One morning, the Jewish family is gone, as is Marianne?s son Heinrich. Knowing all too well that there is no Toyland – just like the whole nation knew what was really happening to their fellow Jewish citizens –, Marianne desperately tries to save her child.

Academy Award 2009 for best Live-Action Short Film

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Washington Jewish 2009 (awarded)
Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival 2009 (awarded)
Rehoboth Independent Film Festival 2009 (awarded)
Shorts at Moonlight Wiesbaden 2009 awarded)
Lenola International Film Festival 2009 (awarded)
Reno Film Festival 2009 (awarded),
New Jersey International Film Festival (honorable mention)
Kansa s Film Festival 2009 (awarded)
Phoenix Film Festival 2009
Cleveland International Film Festival 2009 (awarded)
Pittsburgh Jewish Film Festival 2009
Academy Award 2009 for best Live-Action Short Film.
Portland Film Festival 2009 (awarded)
San Diego Jewish Film Festival 2009
Bamberger Kurzfilmtage 2009 (awarded)
Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes de Almería 2008
Anchorage International Film Festival 2008
Victoria Independent Film Festival 2008 (awarded)
Asheville Film Festival 2008 (awarded)
Sedicicorto – International Film Festival Forli 2008 (awarded)
Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films (awarded)
Odense Film Festival 2008 (awarded)
Alpinale Vorarlberg (awarded)
Rhode Island International Film Festival 2008 (awarded)
Giffoni Filmfestival 2008 (awarded)
Short Shorts Film Festival, Japan 2008 (awarded)
LA Jewish Film Festival 2008 (awarded)
Bermuda International Film 2008 (awarded)
52. Semana Internacional de Cine de Valladolidi 2007 (awarded)


Study guide: German

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Katholisches Filmwerk (DE)