Stella and the Star of the Orient

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SYNOPSIS:

In Stella and the Star of the Orient, ten-year-old Stella rummages around in her grandmother’s attic. She steps into an antique wardrobe not knowing that the wardrobe is a time machine. Stella travels back 100 years in time. There she meets her own great-grandmother, Clementine, and Gus, Clementine’s younger brother.  They introduce Stella as a school friend. Stella is amazed at how women are treated in this century. Stella’s forthright manner and modern slang almost gives away her secret to the grown-ups. Her assertive nature and courage helps her bond together with Clementine and Gus and together they embark on a treasure hunt which solves a family mystery.

Notes for Parents/Teachers:  Stella and the Star of the Orient has a Study Guide Available.
Stella and the Star of the Orient is in German with English subtitles. This time-travel adventure explores the numerous changes occurring in the past 100 years; in advancing women’s rights; in science and technology; as well as illustrating the rewards of family loyalty. For ages 6+.

Original title: Stella und der Stern des Orientsin German with English subtitles

© 2008, Germany

CREDITS:

Starring
Laura Berschuck
Hanna Schwamborn
Julius Römer

With
Gabriela Maria Schmeidebr
Ruth Glössbr
Tim Wildebr
Otto Melliesbr
Hans Martin Stierbr
Axel Prahlbr
Uwe Kockisch

Director
Erna Schmidt

Screenwriter
Martin Dolejs

Producer
Ingelore König

Co-producer
Henning Molfenter

Cinematographer
Andreas Höfer

Film Editor
Karola Mittelstädt

Costume Designer
Wiebke Kratz

Composer
Andreas Hoge

AWARDS:

2009
Mill Valley Children’s Film Festival (U.S.) – Best Film – Audience Award
2009
Sprockets (Canada) – Best Feature Film – Young People’s Jury
2009
Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (U.S.)- Best of Fest
2009
Buster (Denmark) – Official Selection

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