Children's film competition
Too far away


Germany 2019 | 89 min 
Subtitles: Finnish, English

Original title: Zu weit weg 
Director: Sarah Winkenstette  
Script: Susanne Finken  
Cinematography: Monika Plura 
Editing: Nicole Kortlüke 
Music: Leonard Petersen 
Cast: Yoran Leicher, Sobhi Awad, Anna König, Andreas Nickl 
Production: Jonas Weydemann, Jakob D. Weydemann, Milena Klemke, Yvonne Wellie | Weydemann Bros. GmbH,
Distribution: Studio Hamburg Enterprises GmbH, Jenfelder Allee 80 22039 Hamburg Germany, tel. 49 40 6688-0, email


THU 21.11. AT 18.30 PLAZA 5


The hometown of the 11-year-old Ben will be wiped off the map as an open-pit mine expands. Together with his family, Ben is forced to move to the nearby city of Düren and leave his old friends behind. At school, Ben notices that he is not the only newcomer as he stumbles across a boy named Tariq, but being friends is hard when the first thing that matters is the acceptance of others.


Both Ben and Tariq try to find their places in a new environment and a new football team but adjusting is harder than expected. Ben, who is forced to play defence, tries to prove that he is a worthy striker, but competition for positions and playing time is tough. Before long, the boys realise that they have more in common than they want to believe.


Too far away is a topical film about friendship which shows that when there’s a will, there’s also a way.

Director Sarah Winkenstette
Director Sarah Winkenstette