New elements of Franz

A LIE FOR THE SAKE OF FRIENDSHIP: THE STORY OF FRANZ, GABI AND EBERHARD FOR ELEMENTS +6.

Fiction and reality intertwine: a “white lie” makes Franz reach the breaking point, or rather rebuild a friendship that threatens to go up in smoke. To save his summer holiday in Vienna, affected by his friends Gabi and Eberhard no longer speaking to each other, the young protagonist of NEW TALES OF FRANZ, in competition for the Elements +6 section, finds an imaginary enemy.

Fiction and reality intertwine: a “white lie” makes Franz reach the breaking point, or rather rebuild a friendship that threatens to go up in smoke. To save his summer holiday in Vienna, affected by his friends Gabi and Eberhard no longer speaking to each other, the young protagonist of NEW TALES OF FRANZ, in competition for the Elements +6 section, finds an imaginary enemy. It is Mrs. Berger, the grumpy neighbour. Franz reveals to his friends that he suspects that the neighbour is the thief everyone is looking for. The three are once again a team: they share a common view, they help each other, they respect each other, in short, they are friends. As friends, they conduct a tumultuous investigation that will uncover unexpected secrets. Director Johannes Schmid centres the film around a question that all children often ask themselves: how do we handle conflicts in friendships and what happens if we allow disagreements to fossilise or if we ourselves fall victim to lies and half-truths? Franz sacrifices the truth and tells a half lie because he feels sorry for his friends and their relationship. He wants to help them, but he pushes it further: he creates speculation about another person. The children in the room reflect on friendship, on the help given to peers – from schoolmates to playmates – and on the emotions they feel when they have a quarrel with a friend, or make peace, they become spectators of a quarrel or protagonists of peace.

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