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King of Thieves

King of Thieves

King of Thieves
Czech republic8 175
Holand / Belgium / Germany / Czech Repulic/ Slovakia, 120 min
© 2004 Lichtblick, IN Film Praha, Ivan Fila Filmproduction, Charlie’s, MACT Production, Wega Film
Ivan Fíla 
Michael Kocáb 
Vladimír Smutný 
Zdeněk Taubler 
Lazar Ristovski, Iakov Kultiasov, Katharina Thalbach, Paulus Manker, Oktay Özdemir, Birol Ünel, Werner Daehn, Heinz Hoenig, Imogen Kogge
CZIN Film Praha
SKIN Film Praha

King of Thieves is a new film from the Golden Globe nominated director of Lea, Ivan Fíla and producer of six Slovak national nominees for Academy award for Best foreign language film (Všetko, čo mám rád, Záhrada, Krajinka, Orbis Pictus, Všichni moji blízcí, Kráľ zlodejov) Rudolf Biermann. A Ukrainian father sells his 9-year-old son Barbu (Yasha Kultiasov) and his older sister Mimma (Julia Khanverdieva) to superficially jolly yet unscrupulous showman Caruso (Lazar Ristovski) who promises, that both talented children will be featured in his Berlin-based Circus. He smuggles kids across the border and than he leaves the girl at the brothel, and instead of the promised circus training, he initiates Barbu into a life of crime. A strange relationship grows between the man and the boy.This harshly realistic, yet moving and gentle story of a modern Oliver Twist was inspired by the actual lives of childen that the director encountered in Italy and Germany in the nineties.A Charlie’s release (in the Slovak Republic) of a Lichtblick (Germany), Charlie's (Slovakia), Slavia Capital (Slovakia) production, in co-production with In Film Praha (Czech Republic), IF Filmpro, Mact-Produktions (France), Wega Film (Austria), Arte France Cinema, ZDF Arte. An Ivan Fíla film. Lazar Ristovski, Yasha Kultiasov, Katharina Thalbach, Julia Khanverdieva, Oktay Ozdemir, Paulus Manker, Birol Unel, Imogen Kogge, Yasemin Buyuksapci, Manfred Witt. Director of Photography, Vladimir Smutny; Editor, Ivana Davidova; Music, Michael Kocáb; Costume designers, Bettina Weiss, Jan Ruzicka, Janka Jankova; Sound, Zdenek Taubler, Jan Cenek, Max Rammler. Produced by Helga Baehr, Rudolf Biermann, Ivan Fila. Co-producers, Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre, Veit Heduschka. Written and directed by Ivan Fila.