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The Little Ghost (2013) 8

Germany, Switzerland | 2013 | 92 min.

The Little Ghost lives in the castle of Eulenstein. It awakens for precisely one hour after the clock strikes midnight. But the ghost would really like to see the world by daylight just once. When the kids Karl, Hannes and Sophie go to the castle at night, they encounter the ghost. The next day, the ghost wakes up at twelve o’clock… at noon! His joy soon fades when he’s turned black by the first rays of sun, which scares the town’s inhabitants. Chased by the police, the ghost asks the children for help. They find out that every ghost follows its own designated clock. Since during the yearly inspection, the town-hall clock was accidentally set wrong by exactly twelve hours, the Little Ghost has been forced to wake up during the day. Karl gets the clockmaker to set the clock right again and at last, the Little Ghost can return home.

CountryGermany, Switzerland
Duration92 min
SubtitleEnglish, simul. translation cz
Directed by Alain Gsponer
Screenplay Martin Ritzenhoff
Director of Photography Matthias Fleischer
Music Niki Reiser
Edited by Mike Schaerer
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Alain Gsponer (1976) is a Swiss screenwriter and director. He worked as a journalist, later graduating from directing studies from the Baden-Württemberg Film Academy with the short drama Kiki + Tiger (2003), which gained him attention. He made his feature debut with the successful film Rose (2005). He's also made the films Bummm! (2006), Lila, Lila (2009), and The Last Weynfeldt (Der letzte Weynfeldt, 2010), which is his TV movie. He's also collaborated on TV series productions.