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Matti and Sami and the three biggest mistakes in the universe

    Matti und Sami und die drei größten Fehler des Universums

    Finland, Germany / Color / 94' / 2018

    Matti is 11 years old and dreams of a family vacation in his father’s native country, Finland. He manages to get what he wants by telling a whopping lie. But once they get there, Matti, his younger brother Sami and his parents find themselves without a place to stay, no money and no car in the middle of Finnish wasteland. Only a miracle can save them – or Uncle Jussi, who has been struggling to compete with Matti’s father his whole life.

    Stefan Westerwelle

    He was born in Detmold, studied directing at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. His first full-length feature film Solange du hier bist premiered during the Cinéastes du présent competition at the film festival in Locarno in 2006 where it received a special mention. Solange du hier bist won more prizes worldwide (Terrassa, Turin, Lisbon, Golden Lola). In 2008, he received the sponsorship prize from the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. His documentary film Detlef, about the life story of the gay rights activist Detlef Stoffel, premiered at the Berlinale in 2012. The following year, the Berlinale screened his feature film Lose your head as a world premiere in the category of Panorama.

    Cast & Crew

    • direction: Stefan Westerwelle
    • Screenplay: Salah Naoura, Ingo Schuenemann, Stefan Westerwelle
    • Cinematography: Julia Daschner
    • Editing: Martin Menzel
    • music: Timo Hietala
    • Sound Design: Uve Haußig
    • Film Cast: Mikke Emil Rasch, Nick Holaschke, Sabine Timoteo, Tommi Korpela, Roy Peter Link, Eero Milonoff
    • producer:: Philipp Budweg, Jussi Rantamäki


    • Lose your head (2013)
    • Detlef (2012)
    • Solange du hier bist (2006)