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ROCCA CHANGES THE WORLD (ROCCA VERÄNDERT DIE WELT)

Katja Benrath

Germany, 2019 / 101 min / German OV with English, French & German subt. / Adventure, Comedy, Drama

European Film Academy – Young Audience Award 2020

In this modern reinterpretation of „Pippi Longstocking“, astronaut daughter Rocca is ready and willing to turn not only life in her school, but the whole world upside down.

Eleven-years-old Rocca lives a rather unique life, having been raised at a German astronaut training facility. When her father leaves on a mission to space, Rocca has to live alone with her squirrel and attend a normal school for the first time in her life. At school, her carefree, nonconformist and uber-confident ways instantly stand out. On her first day, she confronts the class bullies, because first and foremost Rocca stands up for justice. That’s also why she makes friends with the homeless Caspar and tries to help him. Only her grandmother isn’t entirely convinced by her carefree attitude. With never-ending optimism, Rocca, together with her new friends, must fight to keep her independence and prove that a child also has the power to change the world.

Screenings
Awards
  • Bester Kinderfilm, Deutscher Filmpreise LOLA, 2019 (Germany)
  • Goldener Nils der Kinderjury – Bester Kinderfilm, Festival des deutschen Films Ludwigshafen, 2019 (Germany)
  • Award from the International Children’s Jury – Best Film, Zlín Film Festival, 2019 (Czech Republic)
  • Golden Apple – The City of Zlín Audience Award, Zlín Film Festival, 2019 (Czech Republic)
  • Special Mention from the International Ecumenical Jury, Zlín Film Festival, 2019 (Czech Republic)
  • Special Mention from the International Expert Jury, Zlín Film Festival, 2019 (Czech Republic)
  • Gryphon Award – Best Film in Competition +6, 49th Giffoni Film Festival, 2019 (Italy)
  • Kids Jury Award – Best Film, Riga International Film Festival, 2019 (Latvia)
  • Audience Award – Best Children’s Film, Sektion Children’s Film Festival Listapad IFF Minsk, 2019 (Belarus)
  • “I Have Rights” Award, International Film Festival for Children and Young People, 2019 (Armenia)
  • Audience Award – Best Children’s Film, KINOdiseea International Children’s Film Festival, 2019 (Romania)
  • Starboy Award by the Children’s Jury – Best Film, Oulu International Children’s and Youth Film Festival, 2019 (Finland)
  • This is EU – European Values Award and CIFEJ Award, Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People, 2019 (Greece)
  • Best Film, Vilnius International Film Festival for Children and Youth, 2019 (Lithuania)
Cast & Credits
Cast 
Luna Marie Maxeiner, Fahri Yardim, Barbara Sukowa, Mina Tander, Volker Bruch, Caspar Fischer Ortmann, Luise Richter, Leo Knizka, Michael Maertens, Cordula Stratmann, Detlev Buck
Screenplay 
Hilly Martinek
Cinematographer 
Torsten Breuer
Sound 
Michael Manzke, Thekla Demelius
Set 
Carola Gauster
Music 
Annette Focks
Production 
Relevant Film, Warner Bros. Entertainment Germany
Biography

Half Chilean, half German director Katja Benrath has been influenced by theatre throughout her youth. Attempting to pursue that career in her early professional life, she became a theatre tailor and worked for Pina Bausch's famous dance company. After completing her studies in singing and acting at the Vienna Konservatorium, she discovered filmmaking. Her first short films Babydoll (2009), No one pukes in Heaven (2013) and Tilda (2016) have been screened successfully at many international festivals. During her master studies at the Hamburg Media School she directed Where Have You Been (2016) and Secrecies (2016). For Watu Wote: All of Us (2017), her graduation short based on a true story, she won among others the First Steps Award of German film schools as well as the Student Academy Award in Gold in the Narrative (International Film Schools) category, and was nominated for the Academy Award for the Best Live Action Short Film. Rocca Changes the World (2019) is her first feature.

Filmography
  • 2019 – Rocca verändert die Welt
  • 2017 – Watu Wote: All of Us (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 2016 – Schwimmstunde (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 2016 – Wo warst du (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 2016 – Tilda (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 2013 – Im Himmel kotzt man nicht (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 2009 – Puppenspiel (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)