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The Mystery of Morphus
Germany | 2008 | 96min | 35mm | COLOR | Drama


What happens when all of a sudden all people fall asleep and you are the only one who stays awake? This is what ten-year-old Nicki involuntarily experiences when the last composition called ‘Morphus’ by the great composer Ludwig van Beethoven accidentally ends up in his schoolbag. The melody holds magic powers to make everybody who listens to it fall asleep. Only few people know about this secret such as the gangsters Max and Kwapisch. The gangsters follow Nicki and his father when they go into the snowy mountains, to steal the Morphus score. They want to use the magic force of the music for their racketeering. For a shy boy like Nicki, this is the start of a turbulent adventure. After arriving at the hotel Nicki learns about the magic powers of the melody when he starts playing it on his trumpet. He experiences that suddenly all people around him fall asleep except for the gangster Max. Now he is completely alone and has to face the attacks and intrigues of the gangster. He has to fight for the Morphus score to save himself, his dad and everyone else from the evil doings of the villain. In this difficult situation, he makes substantial progress and changes from an anxious child into a self-confident boy. Mystery of Morphus is a modern fairytale, an exciting adventure and great family entertainment. 

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Karola Hattop

Karola Hattop, born in 1949, studied at the German Academy for Film and Television in Potsdam Babelsberg. Afterwards she worked as a director at the main television station of the GDR and at the DEFA Studios for Feature Films. From 1990 to 1994 she worked as a producer, director and author at Phantasios Filmproduktion directing such as Elepfant im Krankenhaus (1991). Since 1994 she has been working as a free-lance author and director. 
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