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Barbara Ott – Kids run #SydFilmFest

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In this gritty German love story, a former boxer is tested as he tries to keep custody of his children and win over his ex-girlfriend.

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17 min. and 56 sec.

PODCAST | Cristiana Palmieri interviews Barbara Ott, director and screenwriter of the film Kids run.

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Director Barbara Ott takes us through the making of Kids run, exploring how she built the main character based on her childhood memories. She talks about the experience of casting and working with children and the pivotal role of gloomy locations in telling a very compelling story about a young father who frequently makes bad decisions but wants nothing more than a decent life for his family.

Kids run: Andi, a father of three young children, is always strapped for cash and ekes out a living as a  labourer. Facing eviction, Andi turns to his ex-girlfriend Sonja – the mother of his youngest child – and borrows a large sum of money to avert his eviction. When he loses his construction job, Andi is unable to pay back the loan, and Sonja insists that he pays up or she will stop him seeing his child. Desperate, Andi decides that an amateur boxing competition, and its cash prize, is his only salvation. Kinetically directed by Barbara Ott, Jannis Niewöhner is tremendously good as the aggressive, moody and impulsive Andi.

To discover more about the film Kids run, click here.

  • Reporter
    Cristiana Palmieri
  • Guest
    Barbara Ott
  • Interviewee role
    Director and screenwriter
  • Film title
    Kids run
  • Festival section
    EUROPE! Voices of Women in Film
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