Winky’s Horse wins over Luxembourg tykes
Luxembourg distributor Paul Thiltges Distributions (PTD) successfully brought the Dutch children’s film Where is Winky’s Horse? [+see also:
film profile] from Mischa Kamp to Luxembourg cinemas this year. The film starts its eight weeks of release tomorrow.
The success is all the more impressive because PTD, which releases one children’s film dubbed into Luxembourgish each year, never distributed the first film in the Winky saga, Winky’s Horse [+see also:
Paul Thiltges explained to Cineuropa that the company “was less won over by the first Winky film because its frame of reference was deemed too Dutch to work for a Luxembourg audience. On top of that, we had already lined up a Luxembourgish-language version of the Baltic animation film Lotte from Gadgetville [+see also:
film profile] for a release”.
The two Winky films were both directed by Kamp and written by Tamara Bos, who won a Golden Calf, the highest honour in Dutch cinema, for her screenplay for the first film.
Where is Winky’s Horse ?, released in Luxembourg as Wou ass dem Kleesche säi Päerd?, opened the Generation sidebar in Berlin earlier this year and was also released theatrically in Norway, Sweden and Denmark this year. Delphis Films handles international sales.
The films tell the story of the girl Winky, who has arrived from China with her mother to join her father, who runs a Chinese restaurant in a small Dutch village on the coast. At school, she learns about the Nordic tradition of Saint Nicholas, a benign old man who gives presents to children at the start of winter. The present Winky would most like for herself is a horse.
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