Opening film. Rocca changes the world

Germany, 2019, 101 min.

Director

Katja Benrath

Producer

Tobias Rosen,
Heike Wiehle-Timm

Scenario

Hilly Martinek

Rights Holder

Beta Film, Renate Zylla

DOP

Torsten Breuer

Cast

Luna Marie Maxeiner, Barbara Sukowa, Caspar Fischer Ortmann, Luise Richter, Leo Knizka, Fahri Yardim, Mina Tander, Michael Maertens

Production

Relevant Film, Warner Bros. Film Production Germany, Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Filmförderungsanstalt

Rocca is eleven years old girl and she lives a rather unique life. While her dad is watching over her as an astronaut from outer space, Rocca lives alone with her squirrel and is attending a normal school for the first time in her life. At school her nonconformist way of life instantly stands out. She fearlessly confronts the class bullies, because first and foremost Rocca stands up for justice. That’s why she makes friends with the homeless Caspar and tries to help him. She is also attempting to win over her grandmother’s heart. With never-ending optimism Rocca and her new friends prove, that even a child is able to change the world.

HONORS
2019 Lola Award (Germany) – Best children’s film
Zlin IFF for Children and Youth (Czech Republic) – Best Feature Film for Children; Audience Award, Special Mentions from the Ecumenical Jury and the International Expert Jury
Giffoni IFF (Italy) – Best film (program “Elements 6+”)
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
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Katja Benrath

Born at the 1st of September 1979 in Erbach, Germany. Katja started her career with theater. She was a costume designer and worked for Pina Bausch's dance company. Subsequently she completed her studies in Singing and Acting in Vienna, Austria where she discovered filmmaking. Her first short films have been playing successfully on many international festivals and won international awards. Her graduation project, film Watu Wote was awarded with many prizes, including the student Academy Award and a nomination for the Oscars

Selected filmography

2019 Rocca changes the world

2017 Watu Wote: All of us

2009 Puppenspiel

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