„New tales of Franz“, feature film, Austria/Germany 2023


DCP, Colour, 73 min


Distribution: Wild Bunch Germany, Wild Bunch Austria
World Sales: atlas international


Cinema release: 7th of september 2023
World Premiere: Filmfest Munich, 25th of june 2023


In this second adaptation of a popular series of children’s books, Franz, Gabi, and Eberhard have a tumultuous time trying to catch a thief — and uncover a very different secret in the process.

Do you know what it’s like when a big problem starts out small? Franz, a short kid from Vienna, certainly does. His best friends, Gabi and Eberhard, are always bickering. But Franz likes them both equally and is always caught in the middle. Friendship on separate schedules? That won’t work: dividing up their vacation will just mean less vacation. And as detectives, if they want to catch their utterly strict and altogether suspicious neighbor, Mrs. Berger, in the act of stealing, they’ll simply have to work together. And things do always turn out quite differently than expected.


Director: Johannes Schmid
Screenplay: Sarah Wassermair based on the books series by Christine Nöstlinger
Collaboration Screenplay: Johannes Schmid, Thomas Schmid
Casting: Martina Poel
Director of photography: Matthias Grunsky
Set Design: Renate Schmaderer
Costume Design: Leonie Zykan
Makeup Design: Verena Pellegrini, Regina Breitfellner
Editing: Karin Hammer
Film Composer: Toni Martin Dobrzanksi
Dramaturgue: Beate Völcker
Producers: Michael Kitzberger, Katharina Posch, Wolfgang Widerhofer, Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Markus Glaser, Ingo Fließ


With: Jossi Jantschitsch, Nora Reidinger, Leo Wacha, Maria Bill, Rainer Egger, Ursula Strauss, Simon Schwarz, Christoph Grissemann, Julia Edtmeier, Laurenz Haider, Maria Nicoleta Solicia, Deniz Cooper and many more


A co-production by NGF – Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion GmbH and if…productions Film GmbH

Supported by:
Filmfonds Wien
FISA Filmstandort Austria
Österreichisches Filminstitut
ORF Film/Fernseh-Abkommen
FFF Bayern
Land Niederösterreich
Creative Europe Media

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Filmfest Munich/Kinderfilmfest 2023

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