"Victor and the Crocodile Mansion", a film by Cyrill Boss and Philipp Stennert, distinguished at the 16th edition of Montreal Youth Film Festival by the Children’s Jury


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The Montreal International Youth Film Festival (Festival international du Film pour Enfants – FIFEM) has been held yearly for 16 years during the Quebec spring break in early March: it presents an overview of some of the best productions worldwide for a young audience. In 2013, two German films were competing: “Kopfüber” (which roughly translates by “Upside down”), by Bernd Sahling, and “Victor and the Crocodile Mansion”, by Cyrill Boss and Philipp Stennert. The latter earned the Children’s Jury’s Award.

In his great-uncle’s mansion, which is full of African masks, stuffed crocodiles and other eccentric items, 11 year-old Victor catches sight of a masked man’s reflection. Through the discovery of her diary, he then dives into the world of Cecilia, his great-cousin who disappeared 40 years earlier in still unclear circumstances. Victor turns into a real detective in order to decipher the enigma this terrible drama posed. A real children’s Hitchcock! (source)

The German version, "Das Haus der Krokodile", had been supported by the FilmFernsehFonds Bayern in 2012, and won the 2013 Bayerischer Filmpreis (Bavarian Film Prize), which is considered the second most important award in the German movie landscape, after the Deutscher Filmpreis (German Film Prize).

Cyrill Boss and Philipp Stennert, the director duo, are well-known on German TV for several series episodes and short films. They met during their studies at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. Cyrill Boss originally is from Munich.

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Director: Cyrill Boss | Philipp Stennert
Germany 2012, fiction, 91 minutes
Distribution : Sola Media