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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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seen it before, 17 February 2009
Author: synergy386 from balabusta

I just saw Spielzeugland and recognized the whole plot almost from the beginning. I am positive I've seen it before, or read it. Does anyone else remember it? There was a Q&A with the writer and he didn't mention getting the plot from somewhere else. Anyone out there know this story from a maybe book or a t.v. show? That said, I did find it very moving and upsetting. The actress who played the mother did a fine job, as did the piano teacher. People may say holocaust-themed movies are overdone, but I don't think so; that era needs to be kept alive in peoples' minds so that it doesn't fade into oblivion as the final survivors die out. It's hard to believe the entire film is only l4 minutes long.

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