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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
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Finland:K-7 (TV rating) (2013) | Germany:o.Al.
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This short film is available as a bonus on the Film Movement DVD of Storm (2009).See more »


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Good filmmakers don't need a feature to make powerful movies, 16 February 2009
Author: anhedonia from Planet Earth

"Toyland" is a film that works so brilliantly that it managed to be powerful, thought-provoking and even gut-wrenching than most Hollywood films that are 8 to 10 times longer. With sparse dialogue, director Jochen Alexander Freydank keeps us hooked throughout this superb short film.

Set during the Holocaust, a German woman frantically searches for her son, who might have decided to accompany his Jewish neighbors to a Nazi concentration camp because the Jewish family's young son and her son are best friends.

The film is elegantly shot and wonderfully acted. There is more poignancy and true emotion in this film than I have seen in most Hollywood films in recent times.

Director Freydank moves his story along, with us always wondering not only what comes next but how this is going to end. And then comes the denouement: A truly remarkable twist that says much about the human spirit. It is a moment that will break your heart while simultaneously make you smile.

If you have the chance to see this, and the other Oscar-nominated live action shorts, do yourself a favor and watch them. Believe me, it will be time much better spent than, say, on "New In Town" or most any other mainstream Hollywood film.

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