Programme

WUNDERKINDER

Marcus O. Rosenmüller

Germany, 2011 / 100 min / German OV / Drama, History

International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2020

The friendship of two Jewish child prodigies and a German girl is put to the test as World War II breaks out.

Ukraine, 1941. Abrascha, a highly talented violinist, and Larissa, a pianist, are celebrated as child prodigies, and are offered to play at Carnegie Hall in New York. Young Hanna, the daughter of the German brewery owner, would like to practise with them. At first suspicious of the new German family in town, Abrascha’s and Larissa’s parents push the foreign girl aside, but the three children soon become friends nevertheless. After the German surprise attack on the Soviet Union, the young musicians’ Jewish families hide Hanna and her German parents from the wrath of the Soviets. As the German forces advance, the situation changes, and when the Wehrmacht marches in to occupy the town and start with deportations, it is now the brewery owner’s turn to save the Jews from the SS. But the two Jewish kids’ musical talent won’t stay hidden for long.

Seeing the moral terror of war from the perspective of children has rarely been done as well as it is in Marcus Rosenmüller's thoughtful, moving wartime drama.

Screenings
Mon 20/01 08:15 CNA Dudelange DE OV Scolaire https://zpb.lu/event_cpt/uploading_holocaust-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2/
Wed 22/01 08:15 Kulturhuef, Grevenmacher - DE OV Scolaire https://zpb.lu/event_cpt/uploading_holocaust-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2/
Fri 24/01 08:15 Cinémathèque DE OV Scolaire https://zpb.lu/event_cpt/uploading_holocaust-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2/
Mon 27/01 08:15 Ciné Scala, Diekirch - DE OV Scolaire https://zpb.lu/event_cpt/uploading_holocaust-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2/
Wed 29/01 08:15 Prabbeli, Wiltz - DE OV Scolaire https://zpb.lu/event_cpt/uploading_holocaust-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2/
Fri 31/01 08:15 Kulturfabrik, Esch - DE OV Scolaire https://zpb.lu/event_cpt/uploading_holocaust-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2/

“Ukraine is a unique and pretty backdrop, and the perfect setting for the film's twist where both Germans and Jews are persecuted. The music adds texture and the children – all quite new to acting – do a remarkable job. When it comes to expressing the theme of unprejudiced friendship, these three kids get the message across loud and clear. [The director] […] has produced a mature, beautifully shot and performed film” Francesca Rudkin, NZ Herald, 06/09/2012

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Awards
  • Best Producer for Alice Brauner, Romy Awards, 2012 (Austria
  • Audience Award – Best Narrative Film, Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, 2012 (USA)
  • Audience Award – Best Feature Film, San Diego Jewish Film Festival, 2012 (USA)
  • Audience Award, Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival, 2012 (USA)
  • Audience Award – Best Film, Berkshire International Film Festival, 2012 (USA)
  • Audience Choice Award – Best Feature, Stony Brook Film Festival New York, 2012 (USA)
  • Best Buster Award – Best Screenplay for Children, Buster Copenhagen International Film Festival for Children and Youth, 2011 (Denmark)
  • CGS Award – Best Film, Giffoni Film Festival, 2011 (Italy)
  • ECFA Award – Best European Film, Giffoni Film Festival, 2011 (Italy)
  • The Avner Shalev Yad Vashem Chairman's Award, Jerusalem Film Festival, 2011 (Israel)
Cast & Credits
Cast 
Mathilda Adamik, Elin Kolev, Imogen Burrell, Konstantin Wecker, Catherine Flemming, Kai Wiesinger, John Friedmann, Gudrun Landgrebe
Screenplay 
Stephen Glantz, Kris Karathomas, Marcus O. Rosenmüller, Rolf Schübel
Cinematographer 
Roman Nowocien
Sound 
Thomas Neumann
Set 
Petra Albert
Music 
Martin Stock
Production 
CCC Filmkunst
Distribution 
CCC Filmkunst
Biography

Marcus O. Rosenmüller was born in 1963 in Duisburg, Germany. While studying communication sciences in Munich, he directed his first promotional films. Between 1989 and 1999 he was at the helm of over 120 video clips, among others for Udo Lindenberg. Wanting to devote himself to directing films, in 2000, he left the production society MME – Me, Myself & Eye that he helped found in 1991. The same year, his first feature, a crime comedy called Der tote Taucher im Wald (2000), was released in German cinemas. In 2001, he co-founds Casascania, a production company specialised on script development. From 2002 to 2003, he worked as a director on three crime thrillers for the ZDF’s Sperling series. His second cinema film, the World War II drama Wunderkinder, is released on 2011. He has since directed several crime films for television, including six films based on the Taunuskrimi book series by Nele Neuhaus.

Filmography
  • 2019 – Flucht durchs Höllental
  • 2019 – Und tot bist Du! - Ein Schwarzwaldkrimi
  • 2018 – Die Affäre Borgward
  • 2018 – Im Wald
  • 2018 – Sarah Kohr - Mord im Alten Land
  • 2017 – Die Lebenden und die Toten
  • 2016 – Tödliche Gefühle
  • 2016 – Böser Wolf
  • 2015 – Wer Wind sät
  • 2015 – Tiefe Wunden
  • 2014 – Mordsfreunde
  • 2013 – Jedes Jahr im Juni
  • 2013 – Am Ende der Lüge
  • 2013 – Die Holzbaronin
  • 2011 – Wunderkinder
  • 2011 – Gottes mächtige Dienerin – Die Frau hinter dem Papst
  • 2011 – Stubbe - Von Fall zu Fall: Querschläger (1 episode of the TV series)
  • 2011 – Die Minensucherin
  • 2011 – Stilles Tal
  • 2009 – Heiße Spur
  • 2009 – Bis an die Grenze
  • 2009 – Das Echo der Schuld
  • 2008 – Dell & Richthoven: Knast oder Cognac (1 episode of the TV series)
  • 2008 – Dell & Richthoven: Der sicherste Platz auf Erden (1 episode of the TV series)
  • 2008 – Das Geheimnis des Königssees
  • 2008 – Einsatz in Hamburg: Tödliches Spiel (1 episode of the TV series)
  • 2008 – Augenzeugin
  • 2007 – Schuld und Unschuld
  • 2007 – Der fremde Gast
  • 2006 – SOKO Kitzbühel: Tödliche Trugbilder (1 episode of the TV series)
  • 2006 – SOKO Kitzbühel: Das andere Gesicht (1 episode of the TV series)
  • 2006 – Kunstfehler
  • 2005 – Letztes Kapitel
  • 2005 – Wolffs Revier (3 episode of the TV series)
  • 2005 – Küstenwache: Wettlauf gegen die Zeit (1 episode of the TV series)
  • 2005 – Die Mandantin
  • 2004 – Dornröschens leiser Tod
  • 2003 – Sperling und der Angst vor dem Schmerz
  • 2003 – Bloch: Silbergraue Augen (1 episode of the TV series)
  • 2003 – Sperling und der Mann im Abseits
  • 2002 – Sperling und der stumme Schrei
  • 2001 – Balko: Ein Bulle im Frauenknast (1 episode of the TV series)
  • 2000 – Der tote Taucher im Wald
  • 1995 – Der Klang der Bilder