"Call Her Lotte!" receives the most prestigious award for 3D Productions, the Creative Arts Award, in Hollywood. Annekathrin Wetzel, composer Bartek Gliniak and L.A. transmedia coach Adam Sigel at the presentation.












The stereographer of the film, Florian Maier, and producer / director Annekathrin Wetzel after the Award Ceremony of the Creative Arts Awards Show, held by the International 3D & Advanced Imaging Society in Hollywood.

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Special Guests of the film premiere were Charlotte Knobloch, producer / director Annekathrin Wetzel (third from left)), US-Ambassador in Germany, John Bonnell Emerson, Producer Michael Geidel (MiriquidiFilm), Presiding Officer of the German Parliament Norbert Lammert as keynote speaker of the event, Willi Geike (President and Managing Director Warner Bros.), and Christian Sommer (German representative of the Motion Picture Association, from left to right)









Writer / director Annekathrin Wetzel with Charlotte Knobloch on whose childhood the script is based.









Willi Geike (President and Managing Director Warner Bros.), Bettina Ricklefs (Head of fictional and serial programming at public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk, BR), Annekathrin Wetzel, Charlotte Knobloch, Volker Beck (Member of the Bundestag and human rights activist), Dr. Claudia Gladziejewski (Commissioning Editor for short films and firsts at BR), Producer Michael Geidel (MiriquidiFilm) and Christian Sommer (German representative of the Motion Picture Association, v.l.n.r.)









Presenter Cherno Jobatey with Lola Dockhorn, Annekathrin Wetzel, Dr. Claudia Gladziejewski, Michael Geidel, stereographer Florian Maier, associate producer Philip Budden and Game designers Jaron Schulz and Johannes Zint

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NEWS:

Festival status: invitation to over 40 festivals so far, received 17 international awards

Release of our film on Bluray in 3D at Amazon and on a Special Edition educational DVD with a 3D Version and much educational material for teachers by Matthias-Film.

Munich: On Oct 22nd we were invited at the Medientage München 2015 to talk about Merging Film and Games and our concepts about our Transmedia project Call her Lotte. Later we hold a workshop on the Transmedia and Game concept.

Leipzig: On the evening of June 30th, the Jewish community in Leipzig and the SLM invited to a 3D film screening of Call her Lotte and talk about tolerance and civil courage. After it a teacher approaches us from the crowded audience and says: "I need this film to show to my classes in school." That made us so proud. Thanks very much Jewish Week Leipzig and SLM for hosting us.

Hollywood: On the evening of Januar 28, „Call her Lotte“ received, as first German production, the highest award for 3D film, the Creative Arts Award of the International 3D & Advanced Imaging Society. The next day the film was presented during the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, held by the „Initiative 27th January“ in the Jewish religious community Munich under the auspices of Bavarian governor Horst Seehofer. Among the 500 guests were Mrs. Knobloch and numerous dignitaries from religious and political backgrounds.

The premiere on November 12 received a widespread media coverage. BILD, RBB, Tagesspiegel) …and VIPs lined up. Presiding Officer of the German Parliament Norbert Lammert and Charlotte Knobloch delivered moving speeches. Matze Rossi is the winner of the song contest..



Call Her Lotte!

The project „Call Her Lotte“ is inspired by the childhood of Charlotte Knobloch and offers an innovative educational approach through transmedia storytelling. It is the story of a friendship during the Nazi regime, told in a stereographic 3D-short film, and supported by an interactive educational game, as well as an online community. Young people are taken on an entertaining journey confronting them with this complex topic in a very contemporary form.

The film had its acclaimed premiere at the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival and was presented at the film festival Cannes in the category „Cinema of Tomorrow“. „Call Her Lotte!“ received 17 awards at more than 40 film festivals worldwide.
The German premiere was held at the legendary Berlin Zoopalast in 3D and Dolby Atmos. The educational project by writer and director Annekathrin Wetzel and producer Michael Geidel was also presented at this event and was part of the ARD theme week „Tolerance“ in November 2014.

Partners of the film are Bayerischer Rundfunk, SLM and FFF Bayern. The educational project is supported by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, the governmental Commissioner for Culture and Media, Nordmedia as well as other institutions.

November 12, 2014, Berlin

German premiere of „Call Her Lotte!“ and gala event „Best Friends - promotion of tolerance, civil courage, and commemoration of the Holocaust“ hosted by Warner Bros. Pictures.

The keynotes were delivered by Presiding Officer of the German Parliament Norbert Lammert und Dr. h.c. Charlotte Knobloch.

The Film

The first drama worldwide with a transmedia approach and in 3D.

Synopsis

"Call Her Lotte!“ tells the story of two friends during the Nazi regime. Maria and Lea, both actresses at the Munich theater, are in their early twenties and best friends. But then the National Socialists seize power and Maria marries her great love Hans who is progressing through the ranks of the SS. Henceforth, Maria is not allowed to meet her Jewish friend. In November 1942, as the Nazis start deporting Jews from Munich, Maria takes a far-reaching decision. Despite the ban of Hans she goes to Lea to warn her, thereby risking her own life. From that visit she doesn’t return home alone. Inspired by the true life story of Holocaust survivor Charlotte Knobloch, President of the Jewish community of Munich and upper Bavaria and the first woman to be former President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany.

Inspired by the childhood of Charlotte Knobloch.

Dr. h.c. Charlotte Knobloch, president of the Jewish religious community Munich and Upper Bavaria, former president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany and vice president of the World Jewish Congress promotes intercultural and inter-religious dialogue. During the 75-year-commemoration of Crystal Night in Munich, in November 2013, she stressed the importance and high demand of innovative projects furthering active commemoration among young people in the future. Our project meets these objectives comprehensively. The Talmud says: „Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.“ Charlotte Knobloch is living proof of that motto through her work and her contribution to Jewish culture as well as her dedication to tolerance, democracy and reconciliation in Germany and internationally.

Cast

Maria Ehrich

Maria Ehrichis Lea

She has starred in movies like „Rubinrot“, „Das Adlon“, and „Für Elise“. She received the New Faces Award 2013 and „Golden Camera 2015“

Lola Dockhorn

Lola Dockhornis Maria

She is known from films like „Räuber Kneißl“ and „Einer wie Bruno“. She was nominated for the German Actors Award 2013.

Kai Malina

Kai Malinais Hans

In 2013 he received the German Actors Award in the category „Best Newcomer Actor“. He is known for movies as „Lore“, „Zweiakter“ and „Das Adlon“.

Crew

Annekathrin Wetzel

writer, director, producer
Annekathrin Wetzel studied film directing in Australia and has worked since 1995 as a writer, director and producer. She has won numerous awards for her documentaries and shortfilms. 2001 she founded the production company Miriquidi Film that created over 30 films mainly for the public German Television Network ARD. In Germany she belongs to the pioneers of multiplatform storytelling and producing with several cross media projects. She was appointed process consultant for “Cinema” by the Department of Strategy and Innovation of the Bavarian Broadcaster. She is also founding- and board-member of the Munich Transmedia Network.

Michael Geidel

producer
Michael Geidel has been a film producer since 1999 and is also an expert for multi-platform production. For many years he has worked for Kinowelt and is recipient of numerous awards, is teaching at universities in Germany and abroad, festival jury member and Berlinale Talent Campus expert.

Christof Wahl

D.O.P.

Florian Maier

Stereographer

Bartek Gliniak

Composer

Stephan Overbeck

Set design

Florian Leitl, Andreas Hennicke

Editors

Dominique Klatte

Sound

Katharina Siebers

Head of make-up

Herbert Jarczyk-Kalman

Line Producer

Evelyn Straulino, Elena Wegner

Costum design

Josefine Neustadler

Producer

Philip Budden, Florian Maier

Associate Producer
Thanks go to the many people who have contributed in a variety of ways to make this film happen, both in front and behind the camera. We are grateful to them for their involvement and enthusiasm.

Director's Statement

“The biography of the Holocaust survivor Charlotte Knobloch moved me deeply. The idea for this film was developed through conversations with her during interviews for a TV-Channel. I wanted to actively engage young people in the dialog about the Holocaust with a positive example of moral courage and a creative, artistic form. Charlotte Knobloch has spoken many times to young people, encouraging them to strengthen the democratic value system through active remembrance. Charlotte Knobloch survived the Holocaust because the Catholic lady Zenzi took her as her own child Lotte, raised her on the parents farm from 1942 until the end of the war. ‘The name Lotte was my survival guarantee’, says Knobloch today. Many of us know the proverb from the Talmud: ‘Whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world.’ For me Charlotte Knobloch is the living proof of that. The Nazi-Regime only lasted 12 years, but Charlotte Knobloch is still alive today and she has made the most valuable contributions to reestablish the Jewish Community and Culture in Germany, to enhance democracy in our society as well as the long and difficult peace- and reconciliation process and she has given hope to the next generation, that living together with respect and tolerance is possible. What strikes me most about this story is the fact, that the seemingly weakest person in the hierarchy of the Nazi-Regime - which thought of itself to be so powerful, the Nazis wanted to rule the world – but the weakest person, a young woman from the countryside, uneducated, a farmers daughter, working as a maid, who had nothing but her COURAGE – this woman saved the life of a little child. And 70 years later we can see, she saved an entire world! The Naziregime was gone after a decade, but the little girl she saved, became a powerful, influencial woman, who shaped society in many ways and is still alive today. This is amazing! You think: What could a young woman possibly do against the dictatorship of Hitler? She had no means, no money, no power, nothing – BUT SHE HAD COURAGE AND FAITH! So this is what I wanted to share. There’s always a way to do something, even if it may seem so small and insignificant at the moment. Plant a seed and look later what has grown of it.” - Annekathrin Wetzel

Conferences, Festivals, Awards

The film had its premiere at the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival, was invited by the film festival in Cannes as „Cinema of Tomorrow“ and was presented as such in Poland, Italy, France, UK, Peru, Nepal and South Korea. It also received 17 awards and was featured at more than 35 film festivals worldwide.

Furthermore the project was invited to numerous conferences and markets such as:
  • Games Developer Conference San Francisco 2105
  • Cross Video Days Paris
  • Screenwriting Research Conference 2014, Film University Babelsberg
  • Xi'an 3D Conference China
  • Bundesakadamie Wolfenbüttel
  • Screen4All Education Conference Paris
  • MovieCom 518 München
  • S3D Visuals and Dolby Atmos Sound

    Through 3D-presentation and 3D-sound in Dolby Atmos the viewers are more immersively drawn into Maria’s and Lea’s world. A memorable experience which enhances the story’s impact.

    Sustainable Film Production

    Germany stands out internationally in terms of sustainability and preservation of the environment. Since the Berlinale 2013 politicians and some film funds actively promote this topic. It ist our personal conviction and ambition to leave a small CO2-footprint. In collaboration with Green Film we have therefore developed this project according to sustainable criteria. Green Film is Germany’s first independent institution to focus on these topics.

    Supporter

    Our heartfelt thanks to all who made this project possible with their support:

    Dr. h.c. Charlotte Knobloch, Aaron Buck, Prof. Dr. Klaus Schaefer, Lisa Giehl, Julia Rappold, Annalena Köhler, Cosima Stracke-Nawka, Dr. Ulrike Meyer, Angela Reedwich, Bastian Prützmann, Manni Gläser, Dr. Robert Lackner, Robert Eldredge, Martin Imhoff, Kornelia und Katharina Boltze, Katja Lorenz, Dr. Robert Sigel, Anja Metzger, Thomas Trost, Hans Fischer, Thomas Sessner, Gabriel Wunderling, Barbara Schilling, Marina Müller, Michael Wist, Prof. Christof Amrhein, Alexandra und Luc Supper, Marco Schenke, Thorsten Drechsler, Roman Klink, Ute Herrmann, Manfred Burger, Maik Kampe, Marcus Stessun, Josef Cressotti, Günther Potschkat

    We are grateful for your support.
    Familie Dr. Martin Wetzel, Förderverein Johanniskirche Mannheim, Redaktion Kino aktuell (BR), FFF Bayern, Sächsische Landesanstalt für privaten Rundfunk und neue Medien, ARRI Film & TV Services, Cinepostproduction, Bavaria Filmstudios, Stereotec, Progl+Gerlach, Insane4frame, DeLuxe Music, Musikhochschule München, FTA, Lavendelfilm, Agentur Schwarz, Agentur Walcher, ColibriAgentur für Schauspieler, Natalie Danilow, Linde, MAN, Dr. Hauschka Kosmetik, Mecon, Sturm Mil-Tec, Trinity movie agency, Yormas, südlich-t München

    „Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.“ - the Talmud

    The Educational Project

    The appreciation and practice of tolerance and civil courage are essential requirements in order to encourage young people in their commitment for peace, freedom and the fundamental values of our society. This requires an innovative approach in the educational realm, utilising communication channels favoured by young people.

    TRANSMEDIA - THE NEW WAY TO TELL STORIES AND MOVE PEOPLE

    We connect with young people on their territory: on their smartphones, on the internet, in social media, on the radio or at a live event with their peers. Through an interactive educational game and an online community we build an immersive world around the story of Maria and Lea. The aim is to realize new formats for the active commemoration and engagement with the Holocaust. Stories have to be told in a way that relates to our modern, every-day life. Our educational projects centre on such topics as friendship, civil courage and the question:

    „What would you do for your best friend?“

    Utilizing New Media

    We connect with young people on their platforms - on their smartphones.

    Professional Visuals

    We meet our target group’s demands for high visual quality.

    State of the Art

    We utilize latest technologies like 3D and augmented reality, so that users can delve into the world of Maria and Lea.

    Stereoscopic 3D

    According to research education via 3D technology is more integrated and increases learning.

    Modular Adaption

    The educational project can be adapted to individual requirements and target groups.

    Game Incentives

    We offer clear incentives to encourage voluntary engagement.

    Learning

    A new and modern way to learn from history for the future.

    Positive Fundamental Values

    We encourage a positive attitude towards civil courage, tolerance and intentional holocaust commemoration.

    Extensive Sources

    The project is suitable for schools and other learning contexts.

    Cooperation Partners of the Educational Project

    The educational project is publicly supported by Occurso (institute for interreligious dialogue), the Weiße Rose Stiftung, LMU and the European Janusz Korczak academy. The film is available to German schools through Matthias Film. Further international, educational opportunities and partnerships are being planned.

     

    Feedback

    What others say about the project

    Clearly the director knew exactly how to make the most of every camera angle and setting. The film held the audience captive to the very end and was well received.

    Member of the Academy Award Committee at the world premiere in L.A.

    The film is a strong, moving testimony of history with a positive message especially to young people: protect your humanity! Friendship, trust, responsibility and courage are the foundation of our existence in peace, freedom and mutual respect.

    Charlotte Knobloch

    We are showing a selection of the best and most creative 3D films worldwide. And 'Call her Lotte!' was one of the few films which made it through this tough selection process.

    Edinburgh 3D Film Festival Programmer Andrew Murchie

    The film is directed excellently employing the creative means of stereography in an impressive high quality. Every set-up reveals the seamless collaboration of director, D.O.P., and stereographer, culminating in a fantastic result.

    Award winning Stereographer Maciek Samulski

    Become a partner and support our project.

    Wie want to reach and impact many people as possible with this project. You can help: Become a supporter or make a donation, or through organising an educational event at your school or organisation.

    Please get in touch for more information.

    Educational contact:Annekathrin Wetzel

    Press contact: Dajana Trapp

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