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GIFFONI EXPERIENCE 2014 - 18.27 July

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Category: Edition 2014


Rico is 10 year-old, lives in Berlin alone with his mother, and is special: he is “lowly gifted”, which means that, when something is asking too much of him, he gets mixed up and, for instance, confuses left and right. So Rico easily gets lost, in his head as well as on the streets. That’s why he prefers to stay home. Despite his small world, Rico is a happy child, but he wishes for two things: a father and a friend to discover the world with. Meanwhile, a mean child kidnapper has kept Berlin in tenderhooks for weeks. One day, Rico meets Oskar, an 8-year-old child who happens to be “highly gifted”. Despite their numerous differences, the two instantly get along. Safely accompanied by Oskar, Rico begins to explore the word outside. But the infamous kidnapper snatch Oskar away from right under Rico’s nose. To get his friend back, Rico has to go out into the great, wide world of Berlin on his own.

Category Official Competition
Section Elements +6
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 98'
Production Year 2013
Nationality Germany
Directed by Neele Leana Vollmar
Screenplay Christian Lerch, Andreas Bradler, Klaus Döring
Based on the book “Rico, Oscar e il Ladro Ombra” (“Rico, Oskar und die Tieferschatten”)
by Andreas Steinhöfel
Director of photography Torsten Breuer
Editor Bernd Schlegel
Production Design Matthias Müsse
Costume Design Silke Sommer
Sound Frank Heidbrink
Music Oliver Thiede
Main cast Anton Petzold (Rico)
Juri Winkler (Oskar)
Karoline Herfurth (Tanja)
Ronald Zehrfeld (Simon)
David Kross (Rainer)
Ursela Monn (Mrs. Dahling)
Produced by Philipp Budweg, Robert Marciniak

Neele Leana VollmarNeele Leana Vollmar

Born 1978, Bremen (Germany). From 2000 to 2005 she studied at the Baden-Württemberg Film Academy in Ludwigsburg. In 2003 she participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus. During her studies, she made the short films WATTENMEER (1999), ZU ZWEIT (1999), EINE REISE (2000), SANS UNE PAROLE (2001), WEISS (2001), TOTE FISCHE SCHWIMMEN OBEN (2002), MY PARENTS (MEINE ELTERN, 2003). In 2005 she directed her first feature film, which was the graduation work at the Film Academy, VACATION FROM LIFE (URLAUB VOM LEBEN, 2004). Later she directed the feature films PEACEFUL TIMES (FRIEDLICHE ZEITEN, 2008) and WEDDING FEVER IN CAMPOBELLO (MARIA, IHM SCHMECKT'S NICHT!, 2009).


Director’s statement

“THE PASTA DETECTIVES is a story about the friendship of two extraordinary friends. One day the child proddity Rico meets the child prodigy Oskar. The latter just loves statistics. And he knows just everything about the horrible things that happen in the world he is running around in. For security reasons he is therefore wearing a helmet all day long”.
“The two couldn’t be any more different. But what they have in common is their feeling of being different. They are lonely boys who have learnt to deal with their situation. They are not looking to adapt or being accepted. Rico and Oskar are two self-confident and humorous kids who stand out because they are heart-warming and affectionate. They are drawn to each other by their special perception. Because of being different they build a strong team. Rico’s emotional intelligence and his deep rooted trustfulness complement Oskar’s intellect and analytical expertise. Hence they compensate each other’s weak points. The children in the audience should be able to identify with our two heroes. We don’t want to show nerds but two clever and extraordinary boys who impress us by their self-confidence and coolness”.
“They impress with their wit when explaining the world to each other. And due to their naïve perspective the analysis of their environment gains in depth. Their almost philosophical point of view strikes a chord with the audience immediately”.
“The danger that Mister 2000 poses to the children is the central theme of the story. Right when Rico found a friend, Oskar, the latter has disappeared again and soon Rico finds out why: Oskar is the kidnapper’s new victim. Hence Rico starts to search for him. This adds a level of suspense to the humorous production. The children in the audience worry along with Rico and Oskar and follow their paths with curiosity. They immerse in Rico’s world with its centre, the staircase of the Dieffe 93. This house is Rico’s home, he knows every single step and every single tile. And he knows the house’s inhabitants with their peculiarities and individual personalities and of course their apartments. The Dieffe 93 almost is a magical place. This is where Rico spends most of his time while his mother Tanja is still sleeping. I want to find pictures which express his emotional world. The aim is to show a ‘normal’ staircase as something special and magical - just like Rico sees it”.



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