Fiddlesticks

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Germany | 2014 | 80 minutes | Veit Helmer

A gang of rambunctious young children happen upon a book of world records and decide to cure their town of its 100% averageness once and for all. All Ages

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The colorful village of Bollersdorf lies directly between northern and southern Germany, earning it the nickname “the belly button of the world,” and by all accounts is considered 100% average. Due to the town’s overwhelming normalness, a consumer studies company named GFK has set up its headquarters in the village square, from which it tests out its increasingly bizarre new products such as Green Corn Flakes and Blutella on the easily influenced public. But to the group of resourceful, rambunctious young children known as the Coati Gang, average is a dirty word, and they bemoan the fact that their grandparents have all been unceremoniously dumped into nursing homes as a result of their youthful, overactive imaginations and past careers as stunt pilots, bold mountaineers, and rocket car inventors. When the Coati Gang happens upon a book of world records, they get inspired and decide to break the village of its monotony through whatever means necessary. Director Veit Helmer has elated audiences worldwide with such charmers as Tuvalu (1999) and Absurdistan (2007), and the fantastical, wild, candy-coated Fiddlesticks is no different, a film as endlessly inventive as the Coati Gang themselves.

Director Biography
Born in 1968, Veit Helmer has been making films since he was fourteen years old. His off-the-wall short films have won over fifty awards from film festivals and he has also directed several features.

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  • Original Language Title: Quatsch und die Nasenbär-Bande
  • Director: Veit Helmer
  • Principal Cast: Benno Fürmann, Fritzi Haberlandt, Rolf Zacher, Alexander Scheer
  • Country: Germany
  • Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 80 minutes
  • Producer: Veit Helmer
  • Screenplay: Hans-Ullrich Krause
  • Cinematographers: Felix Leiberg
  • Editors: Vincent Assmann
  • Music: Malcolm Arison, Cherilyn Macneil
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Zurich 2014 (Audience Award)
  • Filmography: Baikonur (2011), Absurdistan (2007), Gate to Heaven (2003), Tuvalu (1999)
  • Language: German
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Veit Helmer