"Happiness is something for wimps": kick-off of the ZDF youth series

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For the eighth time, the ZDF young editorial team presents the summer series “Shooting Stars – Young Cinema in the Second” and deals with existential topics such as life and death in the films, but also about love, home and the longing for freedom.


The very big issues from the perspective of the young generation: The ZDF young editorial team wants to bring this and more closer to the audience with the annual summer series. The ZDF shows the opening film “Happiness is something for wimps” of this year’s series on Thursday, July 16 at 11:15 p.m. The film – like all the others – will be available from Wednesday, July 15th in the ZDF media library.

The tragicomedy by director Anca Miruna Lăzărescu (script: Silvia Wolkan) plunges into the life of two sisters and their single father: twelve-year-old Jessica (Ella Frey) is often mistaken for a boy and has to constantly fight against her many strange ticks. She would like to trade with her older sister Sabrina (Emilia Bernsdorf), who seems to have her life under control despite a serious illness. But when Sabrina’s condition worsens, Jessica’s ticks too – a quick plan has to be found to save Sabrina’s life.

In the coming weeks until August 3, the ZDF young talent editorial team will show more films, here is an overview:

Monday, July 20 at 11:55 p.m.

Tragicomedy “Love Film” by Emma Rosa Simon and Robert Bohrer

Thursday, July 23 at 11:15 p.m.

Tragicomedy “Sometime is good” by Christian Werner

Monday, July 27th at 11:45 p.m.

Art house thriller “The Man from the Ice” by Felix Randau, starring Jürgen Vogel

Monday, August 3rd at 0.20 p.m.

Feature film “Western” by Valeska Grisebach

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