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Anja, Bine and the Gravedigger

  • Anja, Bine und der Totengräber (German title)
Short Feature Film | 1997

Project data

Length of movie32

Brief synopsis

Shy, nine-year-old Anja is scared to death when she has to jump off the high-dive board. Ever since her older brother died in an accident six years ago, Anja's mother has become overprotective. In trying to safeguard Anja against everything, she unwittingly prevents her from ever truly living - were it not for Anja's best friend, Bine. Full of life and vigor, her bravado and zest rub off on Anja. While the subject of death is taboo in Anja's family, Bine responds to it with curious naiveté. She goes looking for the souls of the deceased among the corpses in the cemetery where Hein the gravedigger works. It is only when Anja loses Bine that she realizes you have to look down if you want to jump off the high-dive...


ActorRole nameVoice actor / Speaker
 Julia AugustinBine [L]
 Karen BöhneAnjas Mutter [L]
 Wilfried DziallasHein, der Totengräber [L]
Clara-Paulina WitschAnjaAnja [L]
 Joachim KapplAnjas Vater [SR]
Magdalena LangheinDie alte Grohlberg [SR]


Camera Departmentdirector of photography Christopher Rowe
Director's Departmentdirector Andrea Katzenberger
Producerproducer Nina Lenze
Production Designproduction designer Zazie Knepper
Production Mgt.4th AD / Additional AD Christoph Heitmann
Sound Departmentproduction sound mixer Christoph Köpf

Production companies

 Hamburg Media School


Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
 Andrea Katzenberger19983. Preis beim Poitiers 1998Prix du PublicNominated
 Andrea Katzenberger1998Pro Sieben NachwuchspreisNachwuchspreisWinner
 Andrea Katzenberger19991. Filmpreis Internationales KinderfilmfestKurzfilmWinner
 Andrea Katzenberger19993. Preis Hamburger KurzfilmfestKinderkurzfilmNominated
 Andrea Katzenberger199916. Internationales Kinderfilmfestival ChicagoKurzfilmWinner
 Andrea Katzenberger1999Santiago de ChileBeste SchauspielführungWinner
 Andrea Katzenberger2000Emil-Preis von Tv-SpielfilmKurzfilmWinner