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Summer Rebels

SOMMER-REBELLEN / LETNI REBELI
2020Films Family1 h 32 mins
Young Jonas wants to visit his cool grandpa in Slovakia for a summer of fun, but his mom has other plans. Undeterred, Jonas takes off on an adventure of his own in this luminous and light-hearted tale of rebellion, friendship, catastrophe and redemption.
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Summer Rebels

Summer Rebels
Summer Rebels

Summer Rebels

SOMMER-REBELLEN / LETNI REBELI
2020Films Family1 h 32 mins
Available on
Summer Rebels
Summer Rebels
Details
Summer holidays. 11-year old Jonas expects lots of fun and action. But his family, scattered between Slovakia and Germany, haven’t really spoken to each other since his father died. So mother Beate has prescribed a healthy sea climate at Aunt Anne’s instead of going to Slovakia as they used to do. Jonas is stunned. He promptly packs his bags and sets off, on his own, to visit his cool grandpa Bernard in Slovakia. When he arrives, everything seems to be the same as ever, only grandpa has changed. Without a wife or job, the old railway worker is not in the best of moods. Jonas knows that something must be done, and it’s all up to him to do it! He teams up with Alex, who becomes his best friend, and together they develop a series of criminally good ideas. The consequences are soon felt.
Country
Germany
Slovak Republic
Language
German
Slovak
Czech

Details
Summer holidays. 11-year old Jonas expects lots of fun and action. But his family, scattered between Slovakia and Germany, haven’t really spoken to each other since his father died. So mother Beate has prescribed a healthy sea climate at Aunt Anne’s instead of going to Slovakia as they used to do. Jonas is stunned. He promptly packs his bags and sets off, on his own, to visit his cool grandpa Bernard in Slovakia. When he arrives, everything seems to be the same as ever, only grandpa has changed. Without a wife or job, the old railway worker is not in the best of moods. Jonas knows that something must be done, and it’s all up to him to do it! He teams up with Alex, who becomes his best friend, and together they develop a series of criminally good ideas. The consequences are soon felt.
Country
Germany
Slovak Republic
Language
German
Slovak
Czech

Accolades
Summer Rebels
Best Children’s Film, German Film Critics Award
German Film Critics Association Awards, 2022.
Summer Rebels
Summer Rebels
Best Children’s Film, German Film Critics Award
German Film Critics Association Awards, 2022.
Summer Rebels
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Best Children’s Film, German Film Critics Award
German Film Critics Association Awards, 2022.
Summer Rebels

Meet the Cast
Liana Pavlíková

Liana Pavlíková

Eliáš Vyskočil

Eliáš Vyskočil

Meet the Cast
Liana Pavlíková

Liana Pavlíková

Eliáš Vyskočil

Eliáš Vyskočil

Director's Statement

Jonas and Bernard’s personal story is underlined by the current socio-economic issues in Eastern Europe and elsewhere. Dwindling job opportunities, young people seeking employment abroad, all of this has a profound effect on many families. The social consequences are most severely felt by older people, like grandpa Bernard, who tries to keep up the appearance of bourgeois normality. If there is one thing he does not want, it is to change. We draw a lot of comic potential from this tension. 

On the other hand, I see a new generation growing up all over Europe that refuses to adapt its needs to the current situation. Like Jonas, this generation is determined to shape reality according to their own designs and to challenge the existing rules with their actions.

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