Tales of Franz

Franz lives in Vienna and is the laughter of his class, being the smallest one and having an unpredictable beeping voice. In addition his teacher Zick Zack and the queen of the class Elfi are causing him headaches. He is very much up for any kind of advice! One day Franz discovers the influencer Hank Haber who teaches how to become a real man. His two best friends: Gabi and Eduard are at first skeptical. Franz learns that the seemingly a simple path does not lead automatically to the goal when Gabi is suddenly is gone. Even his mom and dad are at a loss. So Franz and Eduard set off on an adventurous search. In the end the trio finds again what they thought they had lost: the biggest friendship that can be found in the world.

  • Johannes Schmid
    Agnes, Wintertochter, Blöde Mütze
  • Sarah Wassermair
  • Katharina Posch
  • Michael Kitzberger
  • Wolfgang Widerhofer
  • Nikolaus Geyrhalter
  • Markus Glaser
  • Ingo Fliess
  • Jossi Jantschitsch
    Key Cast
  • Nora Reidinger
    Key Cast
  • Leo Wacha
    Key Cast
  • Ursula Strauss
    Key Cast
  • Simon Schwarz
    Key Cast
  • Michel J. Vandewalle
    Executive Producer
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Geschichten vom Franz
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    Family, Children comedy
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 18 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 6, 2022
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    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights, Internet, Video on Demand, Pay Per View, Hotel, Airline, Ship, Theatrical, Video / Disc, Free TV, Paid TV, Console / Handheld Device
Director Biography - Johannes Schmid

Filmography (selection)
2016 AGNES, feature film, 104 min, Lieblingsfilm GmbH/WDR
(director, screenplay with Nora Lämmermann).
2011 WINTERTOCHTER, feature film, 93 min, schlicht und ergreifend Film/Pokromski Studio Warsaw (director, script collaboration) -
2007 BLÖDE MÜTZE, feature film, 91 min, schlicht und ergreifend Film/Kinderfilm GmbH (director, screenplay with Michael Demuth)
Awards (selection)
- German Film Award (Golden Lola) as Best Children’s Film 2012 (WINTERTOCHTER)
- Children’s Film Award of the MDR Broadcasting Council for Best Screenplay at the Goldener
Spatz Festival 2011 (WINTERTOCHTER)
- Best Young Actress Odine Johne at the Max-Ophüls Film Festival (AGNES)
- Newcomer Award at the German Children’s Film Festival Goldener Spatz 2007 (BLÖDE MÜTZE)
Over 45 productions at theaters and opera houses in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and Sweden. Thereby a multitude of works for young audiences. Johannes Schmid lives in Munich and Stockholm.
Won GOLDEN LOLA Best Children’s Film in Germany

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Director Statement

Tales of Franz is based on the very popular book series by renowned Austrian writer Christine Nöstlinger. Screenwriter Sarah Wassermair developed a story around the characters and inspired by episodes from the original. Gently and unobtrusively, the film addresses the problem of self-discovery in a time marked by the balancing act between diversity and rainbow families on the one hand and, unfortunately, the re-emergence of role models long thought to have disappeared on the other. A great quality of the film is that the problems of the children are really taken seriously and be told at eye level - our DoP Matthias Grunsky adopted Franz' perspective and the camera constantly stayed physically very close to him and his two friends. Tales of Franz is a film for the whole family, entertaining and funny, but also with strong emotional moments and a great credibility in the characters. A film that encourages kids to stand by themselves.