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



Production company, film page: zero one film

Broadcast on ZDF, July 24th 2018 - German Version available online until August 16th.


FESTIVAL & AWARDS:

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 Student Jury 16+ for best film



JUST FILM - TALLIN BLACK NIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL, Estonia
Nov 17 - 26, 2017


ACHTUNG BERLIN - NEW BERLIN FILM AWARD, Germany

April 11-18, 2018

MILAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Italy

May 23 - June 13, 2018

Opening Film

MIFF AWARDS:

Best DIrecting

Best Acting Performance Male

Best Supporting Actor

VALETTA FILM FESTIVAL, Malta

June 8-17, 2018

MADRID INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Spain

July 25th, 2018

GERMAN DIRECTORS AWARD METROPOLIS:

Nominated for Best Debut Feature: Florian Schewe

Best Actor 2018: Sascha Alexander Geršak

STUDIO HAMBURG NACHWUCHSPREIS:

Nominated for Best Young Actor: Luis Pintsc


Special Screening:
NUKU'ALOFA FILM FESTIVAL, Tonga

Screening during the Berlinale 2018:
Hackesche Höfe Cinema, 19 Feb, Berlin


Screening in Lithuania:
Garsas Cinema, April 6

Broadcast 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

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Volker Heise, Thomas Kufus

CASTING: Britt Beyer

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Yannick Bonica

EDITOR: Till Ufer

SOUND: Manja Ebert

SOUND DESIGN & MIX: Dominik Avenwedde

SCORE: Daniel Dickmeis

COSTUME: Suni Hoffmann

ART DEPARTEMENT: Friederike Sell

EDITORIAL DEPARTEMENT ZDF: Christian Cloos

EDITORIAL DEPARTEMENT ARTE: Olaf Grunert