Summer Rebels

Young Jonas wants to visit his cool grandpa in Slovakia for a summer of fun on the river, but his mom has other plans. Undeterred, Jonas takes off on an adventure of his own in this luminous and lighthearted tale of rebellion, friendship, catastrophe and ultimately, redemption.


Rowdy Jonas, 11, longs to spend summer vacation shooting rabbits and exploring the Slovakian countryside with his cool Grandpa Bernard, but his exasperated mother has already made plans to go to the seaside instead. Jonas sneaks away from his ho-me in Dresden to take the train by himself to his grandpa’s charming little town in Slovakia. When he arrives, he discovers that cool grandpa has become grumpy grandpa, and Jonas realizes why his mother didn’t want him to go there - but the damage is done!
Jonas is left on his own while his grumpy grandpa mopes. Luckily, his brave and tom-boyish neighbor Alex befriends Jonas and together they create a scheme to raise money for a raft of their own, unleashing a series of dodgy shenanigans. Their illegal racket creates an uproar in the village, lands Grandpa Bernard in jail for a crime he didn’t commit, and causes Alex and Jonas’ friendship to fray. Will Jonas find a way to repair the messes he’s made?

Beautifully shot in the gorgeous summer sunlit landscape, with a charming, uplifting soundtrack, Summer Rebels is a bilingual comedy-adventure that offers humor and warmth for the whole family.

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Director: Martina Saková
Genre: Children, Family, Adventure
Original title: Sommer-Rebellen / Letní rebeli
English title: SUMMER REBELS
Country of production: Germany, Slovak Republic
Year of production: 2020
Length: 92 min
Color: Colour
Screening format: DCP 2K DCI Flat (1998x1080) (1:1,85; 5.1, un-encrypted)
Original language: Slovak, Czech, German
Subtitles: English

Cast: Eliáš Vyskočil, Pavel Nový, Liana Pavlíková, Kaya Marie Möller, Szidi Tobias, Jana Oľhová
Scriptwriter: Sülke Schulz and Martina Saková
Director of photography: Jieun Yi
Production designer: Miriam Struhárová (SK), Marcus Göppner (DE)
Editor: Martin Herold
Sound design: Laura Matissek
Sound: Alexander Bori and Ján Krnáč
Music: Dota Kehr, Bonaparte, Paul Eisenach, Florian Sievers (DE) Billy Barman, Para (SK)
Producers: Martin Kleinmichel, Katarína Krnáčová,
Production company: Projector23, Silverart
Supported by: Die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, Audiovizuálny Fond, Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Ministerstvo Kultúry SR, Creative Europe Media Programme, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film

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Festivals / Awards

BIKY - Busan International Kids and Youth Film Festival, South Korea
Zlin IFF, Czech Republic
Fünf Seen FF. Germany
Goldener Spatz FF, Germany 
BUFF Malmö FF, Sweden
Tromso Children IFF, Norway
Cinemagic FF, UK
Cinekid, Netherlands
Riga IFF, Latvia
Filemon, Belgium
Kristiansan IFF, Norway
Children's Rights FIlm Festival, Chroatia
Sao Paolo IFF, Brasil
Bielefelder Kinderfilmfest, Germany
Kinolino, Germany
Thessaloniki IFF, Greece
EU Film Festival, India
Listapad Minsk IFF, Belorussia
Kinderfilmfest Wien, Austria
Just Film Youth and Children’s Film Festival, Estonia
Olympia International Film Festival, Greece
FICC, Mexico
Ale Kino! International Young Audience FF, Poland
Cottbus IFF, Germany
Vilnius Children and Youth Film Festival, Lithuania - Competition
Giffoni, Italy - Competition
Goa IFF, India
FIFEM, Canada
Luxembourg City FF, Luxembourg
Sherbrooke IFF, Canada
Molodist IFF. Ukraine - Special Mention for the Best Soundtrack
tARTuFF 2021, Estonia
European Cinema Garden, Hungary
European IFF Amman, Jordan
Kunst Kino, Switzerland
Viljandi Centrum, Estonia
Sharjah Children & Youth IFF, UAE
Kids Love Cinema, Greece
GI Washington, USA
Eropean Union FF, China
EUNIC, South Korea
Festival Nuovo Cinema Europa, Italy - Audience Award
Europa Cinema al Femminile, Italy


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