Mother Earth

The short film "Mother Earth" packages the problem of climate change into a fictional story. Gangsters have succeeded in kidnapping Mother Earth. She protects her planet with full commitment, but her powers are dwindling. A little boy is the last hope for the planet Earth.

  • Tobias Böttjer
    Director
  • Tobias Böttjer
    Writer
  • Tobias Böttjer
    Producer
  • Janis Gründler
    Co-Producer
  • Gerda Brunzel
    Key Cast
    "Mother Earth "
  • Vyn Roman de Graff
    Key Cast
    "Boy"
  • Manfred Scholz
    Key Cast
    "Gangsterboss"
  • Frank Axonoff
    Key Cast
    "Gangster "
  • Norbert Dieckmann
    Key Cast
    "Gangster"
  • Pauline Schwelm
    Unit Production Manager
  • Jenny Lies
    Assistant Unit Production Manager
  • Rabea Dippel
    Continuity
  • Hauke Strotthoff
    Camera
  • Lars Reinhardt
    Camera
  • Karim Meinen
    Light/Sound
  • Nils Dieckmann
    Light/Sound
  • Moritz Piehler
    Light/Sound
  • Hans-Dieter Meinen
    Music Production
  • Karim Meinen
    Music Production
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Mutter Erde
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    June 28, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    3,900 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Germany
  • Country of Filming:
    Germany
  • Language:
    German
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Sweden Film Awards
    Stockholm
    Sweden
    December 2, 2020
    Finalist
  • Ecocine - Festival Internacional de Cinema Ambiental e Direitos Humanos

    Brazil
    March 29, 2021
    Official Selection
  • LELOUN International Film Festival

    Syrian Arab Republic
    September 21, 2020
    Semi-Finalist
  • Student World Impact Film Festival

    United States
    June 18, 2023
    North American Premiere
    Semi-Finalist
Director Biography - Tobias Böttjer

At the age of 9, Tobias Böttjer began to gain his first acting experience. Since the age of 12, he has also been working as a volunteer for a local radio and television station. This developed into a passion for filmmaking. He joined forces with other young filmmakers and began producing films and gaining initial experience. Films from Tobias' team have already screened at various film festivals in Germany and other countries inside and outside Europe.

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Director Statement

At the beginning of 2017 the idea was born to deal with the topic of climate change on film. However, it was clear from the beginning that we did not want to make a documentary film.
The aim was to find a new approach to deal with the topic in a fictional short film. So we created a kidnapping story that at first glance seems almost "classic" and personified the generations that will follow us (a little boy), the behaviour of the current and previous generations (the gangsters) and the protectors of planet Earth (Mother Earth).