The Legend of Timm Thaler or the Boy who sold his Laughter

Germany, 2017, 103 min.


Andreas Dresen




Beta Cinema


Michael Hammon


Constantin Film

Timm Tyler is poor, but he laughs a lot and often. His laughter is so charming and contagious that the diabolical Baron Lefuet wants to have it for himself at all costs. So the world’s richest man makes the boy a dubious offer: if Timm agrees to sell him his laugh, he’ll win every bet he ever makes in the future. After hesitating at first, Timm signs the contract. But though he can now seemingly fulfill his every wish, without his laugh, he is a different person. Of all of Timm’s friends, only Ida and Kreschimir continue to stick with him. Together they hope to rescue Timm from Baron and, through a clever trick, win back his laughter.


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2017 Bucheon International Fantastic FF (South Korea) – BIFAN Children’s Jury Award
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Andreas Dresen

Born in Germany in 1963. Studied film directing at the Academy of Film and Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg. His first feature SILENT COUNTRY (1992) won the Hessian Film Award. NIGHTSHAPES (1999) received the German Film Critics’ Prize and Silver Bear for Best Actor. GRILL POINT (2002) won the Silver Bear, the Silver Hugo, the German and Bavarian film awards and the German Film Critics’ Prize. At the Cannes IFF, CLOUD 9 (2008) was honored with the Coup de Coeur du Jury and STOPPED ON TRACK (2011) with the Prix Un Certain

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2017 The Legend of Timm Thaler or the Boy who sold his Laughter