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There’s much cheering and rejoicing in the small city of Neustadt. After all, Bibi Blocksberg managed to save two kids from certain death by a spontaneous act of minor wizardry, creating a torrential rainfall to put out a blazing fire. Her mother Barbara, a genuine witch herself, is as proud as she could be of her daughter. But Bernhard, her workaholic dad, isn’t too keen on Bibi’s supernatural escapades. Shortly Bibi receives an unexpected message from the master witch Walpurgia, telling her that she’ll be awarded the ‘Crystal Ball’ that will finally make her a real witch much earlier than the old traditions allow! But one of the wicked witches, the cunning Rabia, grudges Bibi the great and unusual honour. She vows not to rest until she has taken the precious sphere away from her.

Category Out of competition
Section Special Screenings
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 106'
Production Year 2002
Nationality Germany
Directed by Hermine Huntgeburth
Screenplay Elfie Donnelly
Script Henriette Piper
Director of photography Martin Langer
Editor Hansjörg Weissbrich
Production Design Susann Bieling, Uwe Szielasko
Costume Design Maria Dimler
Sound Christoph von Schönburg
Music Biber Gullatz, Moritz Freise
Main cast Sidonie von Krosigk (Bibi Blocksberg)
Katja Riemann (Barbara Blocksberg)
Ulrich Noethen (Bernhard Blocksberg)
Corinna Harfouch (Rabia)
Maximilian Befort (Florian)
Inga Busch (Karla Kolumna)
Produced by Sabine Eichinger, Friederike Euler, Ushi Reich, Gabriela Sperl

bibi blocksberg regHermine Huntgeburth

She was born in 1957 in Paderborn (Germany). In 1977 she enrolled in a Film course at the Hamburg College of Arts. In 1983, with a fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in hand, she went to study Film in Sydney/Australia. During her studies, Huntgeburth worked as a scriptwriter, camera woman, technician and assistant theatre director, and made her main mark in documentary film. Her films include: IRMGARD (1980), IN DER PRAERIE, IN DER DAKOTA (1981), EINBLICK (1981), IM KREIS DER LIEBEN (1991) – which won her a Gold German Film Award for Best New Director, THE TRIO (DAS TRIO, 1998), and BIBI BLOCKSBERG (2002).


Director’s statement

“I feel that above all the film talks about love, friendship and initiation rites, but I also believe that people will enjoy watching it. I think that interest in witches and magic rites is born from man’s need for spirituality and the desires that, in reality, it is impossible to realize, and children have a great many desires”.

Bavaria Filmverleith und Produktions Gmbh
Kiddinx Filmproduction
Bayerischer Rundfunk
Odeon Film AG
Gustav Ehmck Filmproduktion


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