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Kids in the Spotlight

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Stage fright before a world premiere at the Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin. Europe’s biggest youth ensemble is about to perform the show ‘Spiel mit der Zeit’ on the largest theatre stage in the world: a playful journey through time with lots of singing, dancing, acrobatics and stage machinery. The show is the result of a great deal of hard work for these performers aged between six and sixteen. Alice Agneskirchner captures it all with her camera: the auditions for the new annual intake of the youthful troupe; the selection of the lucky ones and the tears of the disappointed; the tough training sessions and focused rehearsals; and finally the premiere – with red carpet and all. In between, the camera homes in on several young performers, introducing us to their family lives and their dreams. Illness and death are not omitted either. As we meet these kids, some in their make-up, others without, we learn of the joy and suffering of lives lived between school, their families and the theatre. ‘Fear is okay’, says the show’s director. ‘It’s part of the process.’ At the end, the choir joins in: ‘Home is where you sing together’. The proud ensemble is rewarded with thunderous applause.

Alice Agneskirchner

Germany 2019

German, Arabic

Documentary form
92’ · Colour

Rating R0

World premiere


Written and directed by
Alice Agneskirchner
Marcus Winterbauer
André Nier
Benjamin Schlez, Berend Intelmann
Sound Design
Karl Gerhardt
Karsten Höfer, Thomas Funk
Assistant Director
Silvia Beck
Production Manager
Anique Roelfsema
Line Producer
Kathrin Isberner
Creative Producer
Georg Tschurtschenthaler, Zora Nessl
Christian Beetz
Executive Producer
Christian Beetz


Alice Agneskirchner

Born in 1966, she grew up in Munich where she studied political science and theatre as well as German and comparative cultural anthropology. After working as an assistant director at the Salzburg State Theatre and internships at Süddeutsche Zeitung and BR Fernsehen, she began a directing degree at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf in 1989. Since graduating in 1995, she has worked as a writer and director of documentaries, reports, docu-series and corporate videos. She taught at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg from 2003 to 2007.

Filmography (documentaries, selection)

1994 Raulien's Revier 1995 Herr, Frau, Hund 1999 Waschen und Legen 2000 Im Freibad 2001 Cheerleader-Stories 2002 Wildenranna 2003 Zusammen 2004 Silver Girls 2006 Liebe Mama, ich kannte Dich kaum ... (Dear Mum, I Hardly Knew You ...) 2007 Die Bundesregierung 2009 Die Ratschkathl'n · 24 h Berlin · 20 x Brandenburg 2010 Deutschland Deine Künstler: Doris Dörrie 2011 Detroit – Hoffnung für die Motor-City 2012 Der Doktor und das liebe Pferd 2013 Ein Apartment in Berlin · 24 h Jerusalem 2014 Umschalten im Kopf 2017 Auf der Jagd – Wem gehört die Natur? (On Hunting – Who Owns Nature?) 2018 24 h Bayern 2019 "Wie HOLOCAUST nach Deutschland kam ..." · Lampenfieber (Kids in the Spotlight)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019

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