30.09. - 09.10.2021

Niko & The Way to the Stars Finland, Germany, Denmark, Ireland 2008 | 75 min | OV | Colour | FF 2009

Michael Hegner

Michael Hegner, born in 1966, directed a.o. the cartoon movie "The Ugly Duckling & Me" (2006) and "Help, I am a Fish" (2000).

Kari Juusonen

Kari Juusonen (*1967) studied the programme of animation at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki. Since 2005 Kari Juusonen has worked as director in the feature film Niko & The Way To The Stars.

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The little reindeer Niko believes it can fly. But the other reindeer believe neither this nor his claim that his father was one of the magical reindeer that pulled Santa Clause’s sleigh. Niko and his friend, Julius the flying squirrel, embark on a quest to find Niko’s father at the North Pole, in which they are further assisted by weasel Wilma. Will Niko find his father in this state-of-the-art 3-D animated film, co-produced in Hamburg? An exciting family adventure, permitting an early anticipation of Christmas.
Original title: Niko & The Way to the Stars
Film type: Animation
Original language: German
Language and subtitles: OV
Director: Kari Juusonen, Michael Hegner
Screenplay: Hannu Tuomainen, Marteinn Thorisson
Cast: Olaf Reichmann, Pete Stefanov, Barbara Schöneberger, Sabine Arnhold
Producer: Petteri Pasanen, Hannu Tuomainen
Director of Photography:
Music: Stephen McKeon
Production Design: Art Director: Mikko Pitkänen
Editor: Per Risager
Sound: 0
Costume design:
Commissioning Editor:
Format: 35 mm
German Distributor: Universum Film GmbH
World Sales:
Production: Anima Vitae


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