OFFICIAL SELECTION 2018
Jim Button & Luke The Engine Driver (Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer)
DIRECTOR : Dennis Gansel
COUNTRY : Germany
YEAR : 2018
TIME : 105min
Nu Metro 4, 11 Oct @ 10am | Nu Metro 5, 14 Oct @ 12.30pm
On the tiny island of Morrowland there are only two mountains, a picturesque palace, one house, a grocery store, a set of train tracks and four inhabitants. They lived in peace for many years until one day the mailman delivers a mysterious package – in it, an adorable, baby boy from a far away, unknown land. So the Morrowlanders took in the orphan boy and named him Jim. When Jim turns 10, he discovers he is not from Morrowland and becomes desperate to know who is he and where is he from? As Jim grows older King Alphonse also worries about the day when he will need his own house, for which there is no space on the tiny island. So one day the King commands that Luke, who has become Jim’s best friend, get rid of his beloved steam engine Emma, in order to create room on the island. As Luke doesn’t have the heart to break away from dear Emma he quickly decides to leave the island with her without telling anyone. Unbeknownst to Luke young Jim overhears his plans to run away. The boy will convince Luke to leave together and will begin the greatest adventure of their lives.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Dennis Gansel, born in Hannover in 1973, started shooting his first TV movie THE PHANTOM when he was still a student at Munich film school HFF. It won him a Grimme Prize 2001 and the Audience Award at the Baden-Baden festival. He followed it up with comedy GIRLS ON TOP (2001) starring Diana Amft, Felicitas Woll and Karoline Herfurth. THE DOWNFALL (2004, also co-script) starring Max Riemelt and Tom Schilling won him the Bavarian Film Prize for Best Director. It also won awards in Fajr, the Hamptons and Viareggio. His drama THE WAVE (2008, also co-script) starring Jürgen Vogel earned a Jupiter Award for Best Director, the German Film Prize in Bronze, the Script Prize in Torino and the Special Jury Prize in Istanbul, and was screened at Sundance. His modern vampire movie WE ARE THE NIGHT (2010, also co-script) starring Karoline Herfurth, Nina Hoss, Jennifer Ulrich, Anna Fischer and Max Riemelt, won the Special Jury Prize at the Catalonian International Film Festival in Sitges. In 2012, he shot thriller THE FOURTH ESTATE (also co-script) starring Moritz Bleibtreu and Max Riemelt. In 2016, Dennis Gansel shot his first major Hollywood film, action hit sequel MECHANIC: RESURRECTION starring Jason Statham, Tommy Lee Jones and Jessica Alba.