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GIFFONI EXPERIENCE 2016 - 15.24 July

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Category: Edition 2016

The young Vietnamese girl, Thuy Linh, is forced to assume responsibility for herself and her little sister much too soon. She has taken on board such German virtues as diligence, order and punctuality, as she knows that only with a good school-leaving certificate will she really have a chance to succeed in Germany. No one outside the Vietnamese community should be allowed to know that she and her sister have been left alone whilst her mother is in Vietnam. But her teacher, her recalcitrant little sister, and the youth welfare office in particular all threaten to bring down her construct of lies. Pauline, a German girl, is impressed by Thuy Linh's independent way of life in stark contrast to the "ordinary" life. Thuy Linh, on the other hand, sees just this unexcited normality as an ideal of security and dependability. Only as her friendship with Pauline develops does Thuy Linh see that growing up can also mean being a perfectly normal child. And Pauline finally understands that the Thuy's life is much harder than her espionage adventure makes out.

Original Title Ente Gut! - Mädchen allein zu haus
Category Official Competition
Section Elements +10
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 96'
Production Year 2016
Nationality Germany
Directed by Norbert Lechner
Screenplay Antonia Rothe-Liermann, Katrin Milhahn
Director of photography Namche Okon
Editor Manuela Kempf
Production Design Nadine Schmidt
Costume Design Birgitta Lohrer-Horres
Sound Clemens Becker
Make up Astrid Lehmann
Music Martin Unterberger
Main cast Lynn Dortschack (Linh)
Lisa Bahati Wihstutz (Pauline)
Linda Phuong Anh Dang (Tien)
Andreas Schmidt (Frank Weiss)
Lena Stolze (Frau Trost)
Y Nhung Dinh (Thao)
Produced by Norbert Lechner

Director Norbert LechnerNorbert Lechner
Born in Munich in 1961, since 1985 he has worked as author and director. He studied German Literature, Philosophy and Art History at the Munich University (1987-1994). In 1990 he founded the KEVIN LEE Film GmbH.

Director's statement
“FORTUNE FAVORS THE BRAVE tells the story of how rough life is in the prefabricated apartment blocks of Halle-Neustadt – unflatteringly, but full of suspense, humor and adventurous spirit. [...] Thus both girls gradually learn more, not only about one another, but essentially about themselves.  A film about growing up and about the power of an unusual friendship”.

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