Up in the Swiss Alps, just above a small town, lives Ursli with his parents, their animals, and his best friend Sereina who often comes to visit. He is a real mountain boy and has a special gift for caring and understanding animals. When late summer arrives, Ursli and his parent make their way down to the village, transporting their harvest by horse carriage. Suddenly, an accident occurs and they lose it all over a cliff. In order to survive the winter they now must make a deal with the unfriendly but wealthy store owner in the village, which puts them into debt. Ursli also has to give up his beloved goat to the rude son of the store owner. And as if things could not get any worse, Ursli receives the smallest bell of all kids for „Chalandamarz“ and the kids make fun of him. „Charlandamarz“ is a mountain ritual for which the kids chime the bells to banish winter and welcome spring. Ursli finally decides to take matters in his own hands…to help is parents and to find the biggest bell… which is hidden in a cabin on top of the mountain. The adventure is on!!!

  • Director

    Xavier Koller (Academy Awardwinner)

  • Version

    Swiss-German / French / Italian (OV)
    with English subtitles
    English dub available

  • Produced by

    Peter-Christian Fueter, Peter Reichenbach, Ditti Bürgin-Brook

  • Cast

    Jonas Hartmann, Marcus Signer,Tonia Maria Zindel, Leonardo Nigro, Martin Rapold, Sarah Sophia Meyer, Julia Jeker, Laurin Michael

  • Genre

    Adventure, Family

  • Running Time

    104 min.

  • Release

    March 18, 2016

  • Festivals

    Seattle Int’l Children Film Festival 2016 | Sudan Independent FF | European FF Libanon 2016 | Luxembourg City Film Festival 2016 | Guadalajara Int’l Film Festival 2016 | Cinemagic Dublin 2016 | Zlin Int’l Film Festival 2016 | Cinekid 2016 | Chicago International Children’s Film Festival 2016 | Pula Film Festival 2017 | European FF (Sudan) | Olympia IFF for Children&Youth (Greek)

  • Awards

    Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film at Seattle International Children | Film Festival 2016;2nd Prize, Live-action Feature Film, Adult & Children’s Jury at Chicago Int’l Children’s FF 2016 | Best Cinematography - Swiss Film Prize 2016: Felix von Muralt

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