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
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
Award for the best film "Lüdia"
Award of the Jury 16+ for best film
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