Upsidedown

Kopfüber

film-roll Germany / Color / 90' / 2012

More than anything, 10-year-old Sascha likes to go on bike rides with the neighbour girl Elli and collect sounds. He also has a passion for fixing up his bike in his improvised workshop. What he doesn’t like is the new special school he has been sent to in order to learn how to read and write. One day Sascha is caught stealing and his mother decides to seek help at the youth welfare office. The social worker Frank is assigned to help the boy for one year, at school and in his daily life. Although Sascha first rejects Frank, sometimes it can be practical to have a personal “bodyguard” at your side. Frank convinces Sascha and his mother to have a few medical tests done. The diagnosis: ADD, an attention deficiency disorder. Sascha is prescribed pills to help him concentrate. While his school performance improves and he gets into less trouble with grown-ups, his character also changes and his friendship to Elli starts to fall apart.

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Bernd Sahling

BERND SAHLING was born in 1961 in Naumburg and studied at the “Konrad Wolf” University of Film & Television (HFF/B) in Potsdam-Babelsberg from 1986-1991. After his studies, he worked as a freelance writer and director before receiving a scholarship to attend Columbia College in Chicago and Northwestern University. Since 1999 he has been conducting seminars and workshops on children’s films.

Director
Bernd Sahling
Screenplay
Bernd Sahling
Anja Tuckermann
Cinematography
Anne Misselwitz
Editing
Jörg Hauschild
Music
Ralf R. Ollertz
Film Cast
Marcel Hoffmann
Frieda-Anna Lehman
Inka Friedrich
Filmography
Ednas Tag (2009)
Die Blindgänger (2003)
Gymnasium (1999)
Die Ruhestörung (1997)
Feature Fiction FilmIn Competition