The String Puppet | © 2008
© 2008
Short Film | 2008 | Children, Drama, Politics, War | Germany

Shooting data

LocationsHebbel am Ufer 3, Berlin

Project data

Length of movie5 min
Picture formatWidescreen USA (1 : 1,85)
Picture material negativeHDCAM
Picture material positiveHD
Sound formatStereo

Brief synopsis

Two western soldiers save themselves into a broken down classroom during a battle which is going on outside in an unidentified southern country. When entering, they are suddenly held at gunpoint by a child soldier. One of the soldiers opens his backpack from which he produces a string puppet. In an attempt to communicate with the boy the soldier starts to play the puppet - and ultimately plays for his life under the merciless eyes of a boy turned soldier. Until the young lad lowers his gun...


ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
Lisa Marie JankeSoldier II [L]
Rainer StreckerSoldier I [L]
Langston Uibel
Child Soldier [L]
Georg JenischPuppenspieler [SR]


Director of photographyDian Zagorchinov
1st assistant cameraPhilipp Baben der Erde
Casting directorAnja Joos
DirectorAlexander Frank
1st AD (local system)Catherine Ackermann
Script supervisorMarkus Kaatsch
EditorTal Brog
Makeup artist / hair stylistKristin Belger
ComposerRuth Chan
ProducerDorothee Wenner
ProducerChristine Tröstrum
Production designerTatiana Belova
Art directorBarbara FalknerArt Direction
Art directorAnna Kotarska
Set decoratorSara Währisch
Construction managerRoman Peisger
Line producerDebora Neumann
Unit production managerSusanne Mann
Post production supervisorMartin Preuß [2]
Production driverMarcus Thiele
Production driverValery Hagenbourger
ScreenwriterAlexander Frank
Production sound mixerHanna Weissgerber
Boom operatorWolfgang Blütchen
Sound editorNenad Kovacevig

Production companies

Berlinale Talent Campus [de]Garage Studio


Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
Alexander Frank2008Deutscher Menschenrechts-FilmpreisBildungspreisNominated