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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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14 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Finland:K-7 (TV rating) (2013) | Germany:0 | USA:TV-PG
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Very good and probably the odds on favorite for the Oscar, 7 February 2009
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

Today I went with three friends to a special showing of all the films nominated for the 2009 Oscar for Best Live Action Short. Oddly, the four of us were in pretty much agreement about the films. Our pick for best of the nominees was PIG ("Grisen"), though ON THE LINE ("Auf der Strecke") was a very good film and is nearly as deserving of the award. We predicted that TOYLAND ("Spielzeugland"), however, will win the award because it's the sort of the film the Academy tends to like AND because PIG might ruffle some feathers because it is not "politically correct". I'll update this review after the awards are given.

TOYLAND is a film set during the Nazi era. A boy asks his mother about why all his neighbors (all Jews) are disappearing. She explains that everything is okay and that they have gone to "Toyland". Unfortunately, it sounds like such a nice place that the kid hopes to go there, too, and the film begins with him sneaking off with a shipment of Jews to the concentration camps because he wants to visit this magical place.

Much of the film consists of the mother trying to find the boy and eventually the SS officers help her to try to locate the boy. This all ends in a marvelous twist that I won't reveal here, but this twist takes the film from the ordinary to the extraordinary.

A lovely film that will probably win--in part, because the film is about an important subject that the Academy seems to like, the Holocaust (and highly reminiscent of LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL), and in part because it is so exceptionally well-crafted from start to finish. My only reservation is that the print was awfully dark--practically everything looked black at times. Perhaps it was just a bad print.

UPDATE: It's official, TOYLAND is the winner. This didn't surprise me at all and it was well deserving of the award, though I was still pulling for PIG to take the honors.

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