Island of Swans 1983
Insel der Schwäne (original title)
1h 25min | Drama | 28 April 1983 (East Germany)
Fourteen-year-old Stefan Kolbe, along with his mother and sister, moves from an idyllic small town to the developing area of Berlin-Marzahn, where his father works as a construction worker. Stefan must find his way in a completely new environment and surrounded by strange people. Stefan gets to know two girls, who attempt to seduce him, and gets himself into trouble with the landlord, who kisses up to societal authority figures. He becomes friends with the anxious Hubert, defends him against the constant humiliation of the older student Windjacke, and encourages him to stand up for himself. It ends tragically in a bitter fight between Stefan and Windjacke.
Les Vauriens 2006
1h 25min | Drama | TV Movie 30 September 2006
The story of boys who were condemned to the severe reformatory regime in a French penal ‘colony’. It’s run by a former prison warden, based on ‘rehabilitattion’ trough manual labor and strict discipline. Young Reynard, a novice to crime and juvenile detention, meets horrible hardened villains and sadistic staff as well as people with some heart among fellow inmates and their supposed educators.
Cool Kids Don’t Cry 2012
Achtste-groepers huilen niet (original title)
1h 36min | Drama, Family | 15 February 2012 (Netherlands)
Adaptation of one of Benelux most famous children’s novels. Gutsy middle school student Akkie loves soccer. When Akkie is diagnosed with leukemia, she has to fight for her life. As Akkie grows weaker she also grows closer to the boy she has liked all along.
We Were Just Playing 2018
Wir haben nur gespielt (original title)
1h 30min | Drama | TV Movie 14 January 2019
Two boys from different worlds. Of all possible times, the start of summer vacation is when 10-year-old Jona has to move away from Berlin to the German-Czech border with his mother and new stepfather. He’s lonely and angry as he inspects his new surroundings. Across the border, he meets Miro, a 13-year-old Ukrainian boy. Jona is fascinated by the confident but taciturn boy, only slowly discovering the fate that’s hidden behind Miro’s grown-up façade.
Through a Boy’s Eyes 2017
76 minutes | Drama | 2018
When a boy becomes a young man, the way he sees the world can change not just his perceptions of those around him, but how others see him. As burgeoning desires come to the surface, there is the choice of either embracing and acting upon them, or burying them. In this selection of award-winning short films, witness the struggles and celebrations seen through the eyes of boys not only becoming men, but becoming attracted to them..
Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull 1982
1h | Comedy, Crime, Drama | TV Mini-Series (1982– )
Felix, the lucky one: Where other literary “confessions” look back on a stony path of character formation, the title hero of Thomas Mann’s picaresque novel tells his self-satisfied, sincere and free from any remorse in his life. At the turn of the century Felix grew up as the son of sparkling wine producer Krull (Klaus Schwarzkopf). Already as a young lad he learns to master the keyboard of social rituals with great mastery and comes to the realization: The world wants to be cheated! No fraud, however, is this first-class adaptation of the novel.
Don’t Bite, We Love You 1976
Mords pas, on t’aime! (original title)
1h 30min | Comedy, Drama, Family | 5 May 1976 (France)
Georges,a trucker, is the single father of young Frédéric. His job prevents him from seeing his son as often as he could, as often as he should. Brought up by his grandparents, Frédéric proves a difficult child. His only friend is his twelve-year-old neighbor Rose. One day, Georges tells his son how Agnès, his mother, abandoned him at birth. Upset by such a revelation, Frédéric decides to be revenged…