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V8 - Start Your Engines! (2013) 10

Germany | 2013 | 106 min.

The heroes of our story are four totally different kids. One is rich and spoiled, the second poor and modest. The third is the second’s little brother and therefore an eternal burden. The fourth is technically a girl, but never wants to be one. With this group of misfits, it’s only logical that none really likes the others in the beginning, but they share a common dream: the dream of the best, most adventurous and naturally most secret racing team in the world. They receive an invitation to “The Castle” – the legendary racing circus for kids, that only children know about and that – rumor has it – has birthed all F1 world champions. But before the four can enter “The Castle”, they have to become a team first…

Duration106 min
SubtitleEnglish, simul. translation cz
Directed by Joachim Masannek
Screenplay Joachim Masannek
Director of Photography Benjamin Dernbecher
Music Andrej Melita
Edited by Claus Wehlisch
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Joachim Masannek (1960) is a German director and writer. He graduated in German studies, philosophy, and film in Munich. He's worked in various professions in both film and TV. He has collaborated on the making of several animated projects and has also written books for children. He has directed a number of short films and TV movies. He established himself with a pentalogy of films from the world of soccer called The Wild Soccer Bunch (Wilden Kerle 1-5, 2002–2008) and the adventure family film V8 (2013).