Somewhere in Tonga

 


There is nothing that keeps passionate social worker Wolski in Germany. On an uninhabited island in the Kingdom of Tonga he wants to give criminal teenagers a second chance. His first candidate is Marcel, 16, and no stranger to drugs, violence and crime. So a visit to the main island ends in disaster. Wolski only narrowly manages to keep the boy from being send to prison. The deal: From now on, Marcel is not allowed to leave the remote island at all. 



Based on a true story and shot mostly with first-time actors, SOMEWHERE IN TONGA is the first narrative feature out of Tonga.


In Coproduction with ZDF / Das kleine Fernsehspiel and ARTE
Principal photography in Tonga



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Festivals:

Hof International Film Festival, Germany
Oct 24 - 29, 2017

Honorable mention of the jury - Förderpreis Neues Deutsches Kino:

"On a small island at the other end of the world, non-professionals and actors collaborate and develop a genuine force in their interaction. Thanks for this touching, cinematic adventure."

Nominated for best costume design and best production design - Bild Kunst Förderpreis


Kinofest Lünen, Germany

Nov 23 - 26, 2017

Award for the best film "Lüdia"

Award of the Jury 16+ for best film



Just Film - Tallin Black Nights Film Festival, Estonia
Nov 17 - 26, 2017

Special Screening:
Nuku'alofa Film Festival, Tonga

Boradcast on ARTE, Nov 23


Cast: Sascha Alexander Geršak, Luis Pintsch, Mira Partecke, Wolfgang Zechmayer, Fuahea Semi, Lolohea Lin, Tevita Fukofuka, Abbas Piu

Screenplay: Sarah Schill, Florian Schewe

Producer: Volker Heise, Thomas Kufus

Casting: Britt Beyer

Director of Photography: Yannick Bonica

Editor: Till Ufer

Sound: Manja Ebert

Sound design: Dominik Avenwedde

Score: Daniel Dickmeis

Wardrobe: Suni Hoffmann

Art Department: Friederike Sell

Editorial Department ZDF: Christian Cloos

Editorial Department ARTE: Olaf Grunert