Private Project

The Purple Child

In the kitchen, chaos. In bed, Mom who has had another breakdown. Lou immediately knows that her 16th birthday is ruined. When her crush Matz surprises her with an invitation to a concert, Lou is torn between taking care of her mother or following her feelings for Matz.

  • Tanja Hurrle
    Director
  • Tanja Hurrle
    Writer
  • Patrick Büchting
    Producer
  • Moana Maria Goetze
    Key Cast
    “Lou”
  • Ludwig Senger
    Key Cast
    “Matz”
  • Elena Halangk
    Key Cast
    “Martina”
  • Marius Kast
    Director of Photography
  • Alex Simonov
    Editor
  • Lea Agmon
    Casting
  • Janina Lutter
    Production Design
  • Sofia Ayerbe Fiala
    Costume Design
  • Frank Hurrle
    Music
  • Aron Jäger
    Sound Design
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Bandsalat
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Youth, Love, Mental Health
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes 38 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 20, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    2,600 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Germany
  • Country of Filming:
    Germany
  • Language:
    German
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital 4K
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Hochschule Darmstadt
  • LUCAS - International Festival for Young Filmlovers
    Frankfurt
    Germany
    September 24, 2020
    World Premiere
  • KINOdiseea International Children Film Festival Romania
    Bucharest
    Romania
    November 6, 2020
    International Premiere
  • FILMZ – Festival des deutschen Kinos
    Mainz
    Germany
    November 8, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Visionale Hessen
    Frankfurt
    Germany
    November 27, 2020
    1st Prize "Young Professionals"
  • Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People
    Pyrgos
    Greece
    November 28, 2020
    Greek Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Euroshorts Young Filmmakers
    Warsaw
    Poland
    November 30, 2020
    Polish Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Berlinale Hessen Talents
    Berlin
    Germany
    March 3, 2021
  • Cinema in Sneakers Film Festival for Children and Youth
    Warsaw
    Poland
    April 19, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Werkstatt der Jungen Filmszene
    Wiesbaden
    Germany
    May 21, 2021
    Official Selection
  • 50th Sehsüchte International Student Film Festival
    Potsdam
    Germany
    July 21, 2021
    Official Selection: Future Teens
Director Biography - Tanja Hurrle

Tanja Hurrle was born in 1998 in the south of Germany. She directed her first short film at the age of eight. In high school she successfully began presenting her films at youth film festivals and won numerous awards.

Since 2017 she is studying Motion Pictures at the University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt. Her main focus is on writing and directing as well as the work with children and young people.
Tanja's first student short film „A Fish in a Punch Bowl“ won the German Youth Film Award 2019 and was shown at international film festivals, including the Brest European Short Film Festival, FEST - New Directors/New Films Festival and the Bogotá Short Film Festival.

„The Purple Child“ is her latest short film and was made as part of the fifth semester of her film studies. The film premiered at the LUCAS Filmfestival, Germany’s oldest film festival for a young audience.

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Director Statement

In Germany 5.3 million adults suffer from depression. There is little discussion about the affected persons themselves and even less about their children. With „The Purple Child“ I want to give voice to these children and encourage them to break out of their situation. A huge contribution to the emotional authenticity of the film were my own experiences with my mother's severe migraine attacks.