Germany (97 mins, dir. Tobias Wiemann)
Scenic alpine sights provide a stunning backdrop for this spirited and acclaimed coming-of-age adventure about a young girl's determination to overcome obstacles.

Nothing is going to thwart Amelie’s (Mia Kasalo) quest for a normal life – not her divorced parents, her stern doctors, or her life-threatening asthma. Shipped off to a mountainside clinic after her latest attack, the feisty 13-year-old isn’t content to simply accept her situation. If she can’t find her way back to Berlin, then she’ll just have to team up with local teen Bart (Samuel Girardi) and climb up to the peak in search of its mythical healing powers.

Anchored by strong performances from its young leads, Mountain Miracle – An Unexpected Friendship proves a warm and witty second feature from filmmaker Tobias Wiemann. Honest and forthright down to its depiction of Amelie’s stubborn nature, it’s a high-altitude exploration of illness, inner strength and the importance of welcoming assistance – and one that received special mentions from the youth juries at both the 2017 Berlin and Toronto film festivals.

10/08/201811:00amACMI 2Past event
16/08/20181:30pmACMI 2Past event


Language: German with English subtitles
Genre: Drama
Classroom discussion points: Acceptance of limitations, dealing with illness, friendship, personal growth and independence, teenage rebellion
Age suitability advice: Contains very mild, infrequent coarse language
MIFF recommends this film as suitable for ages 12+

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