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1942: what happens when a German kid believes that his Jewish neighbors are going to Toyland? A story about lies and guilt. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Julia Jäger ... Marianne Meißner
Cedric Eich ... Heinrich Meißner
Tamay Bulut Özvatan ... David Silberstein
Torsten Michaelis ... Herr Silbertein
Claudia Hübschmann ... Frau Silberstein

David C. Bunners ... SS-Obersturmführer Falke
Gregor Weber ... SS-Mann Werner
Jürgen Trott ... Schutzpolizist
Klaus-Jürgen Steinmann ... Blockwart
Heike Reichenwallner ... Nachbarin

Matthias Paul ... Gestapo Mann
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Johanna Penski ... Hausmeisterin (uncredited)

Directed by
Jochen Alexander Freydank 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Johann A. Bunners 
Jochen Alexander Freydank 

Produced by
David C. Bunners .... executive producer
Jochen Alexander Freydank .... executive producer
Christoph Cico Nicolaisen .... executive producer
Original Music by
Ingo Frenzel 
Cinematography by
Christoph Cico Nicolaisen 
Film Editing by
Anna Kappelmann 
Casting by
Karen Wendland 
Production Design by
Maja Zogg 
Costume Design by
Katrin Berthold 
Makeup Department
Anika Bothe .... makeup artist
Christiane Buchholz .... makeup artist
Kiky von Rebental .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Corona Bellin .... production manager
Henrike Feltner .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Thomas Bettkober .... assistant director
Art Department
Stephanie Rass .... prop maker
Sound Department
Martin Hertel .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Marco Fischer .... lighting technician
Roland Knitter .... gaffer
Stefanie 'Peppa' Meissner .... assistant camera
Steffen Schenker .... still photographer
Editorial Department
Daniel Stuebner .... digital colorist
Other crew
Ferdinand Carriere .... set production assistant

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Also Known As:
"Spielzeugland" - Germany (original title)
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USA:13 min | Germany:13 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Finland:K-7 (TV rating) (2013) | Germany:0 | USA:TV-PG
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Blood brothers, 27 August 2011
Author: sashank_kini-1 from India

Usually, I don't watch short films but after seeing and reviewing about five feature films in three days, I needed to see a movie that could capture a gamut of emotions in few minutes and that is precisely what 'Toyland' does. It takes one of the most crucial periods in history - the holocaust and brings it down to the lives of two families and an incident that changes the course of their lives in the dark period.

A mother finds her son Heinrich missing one day, after she tells him the previous day that their neighbors are moving to Toyland. The prospect of going to a place filled with toys titillates Heinrich and he gets too eager to go with the neighbors, which includes his best friend Paul. The first seven minutes oscillate between flashbacks of Heinrich's excitement and the mother's frantic search. This leads to an end that is so poignant, gripping, chilling and fascinating that it brought tears to my eyes. The fourteen minute film so effortlessly manages to touch the audiences that it truly deserves all the accolades that it has got. 8 out of 10.

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