Start of Principal Photography on "Lilly the Witch 2 - The Journey to Mandolan" (WT)

Shooting began today at Studio Babelsberg.

Potsdam Babelsberg, Tuesday 18. August 2009

After spectacular box office success of Lilly the Witch – The Dragon and the Magic Book, producers Corinna Mehner and Martin Husmann from blue eyes Fiction and Michael Coldewey from TRIXTER continue their successful collaboration on Lilly the Witch – The Journey to Mandolan (working title). The second part, full of Lilly’s new, exciting adventures, is co-produced by Danny Krausz from Dor Film (Austria), Julia Steinweg from Steinweg Emotion Pictures (Spain), Thomas Menne and Justyna Müsch from Buena Vista International Filmproduction as well as Babelsberg Film. The extensive shooting began today at Babelsberg’s stages, at the end of September the crew will move to India.

In a faraway oriental kingdom Mandolan a new king is to be chosen. Because of a curse over the throne, vizier Guliman (Jürgen Tarrach) cannot succeed to the crown and wants the little witch Lilly (Alina Freund) to help him with her magic spells. But as soon as Lilly and her loyal companion, dragon Hektor, arrive to Mandolan they discover that Guliman, greedy for power, wasn’t quite honest with them. By order of the mighty vizier the true king Nandi was captured by an evil wizard Abrasch (Ercan Durmaz). The brave witch Lilly, accompanied by Hektor and a clever Bedouin boy Masa (Tanay Chheda), go on an adventurous journey to save Mandolan…

Lilly the Witch – The Dragon and the Magic Book fascinated more than 1.2 million Lilly-fans at German cinemas. Like the first part, Lilly the Witch – The Journey to Mandolan (WT) is based on a popular children’s book series by best-selling author KNISTER. The script for this magic story was adapted by siblings Bettine and Achim von Borries (Mullewapp); Austrian Harald Sicheritz (Poppitz) will direct the movie. Fans can look forward to meeting young star Alina Freund as Lilly again, Anja Kling as Lilly's mother, Pilar Bardem as Surulunda and, of course, the CGI animated dragon Hektor. The cast was joined by Jürgen Tarrach (The Reader) as vizier Guliman and Tanay Chheda as Musa (Slumdog Millionaire). Shooting will take place from August 18, until October 24, 2009.

Lilly the Witch – The Journey to Mandolan (WT) is produced by blue eyes Fiction and TRIXTER, Corinna Mehner and Michael Coldewey serve as producers. Funding was supported by FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Board Berlin, Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg, German Federal Film Fund DFFF (submitted), Bavarian Bank Fund, Austrian Film Institute, ORF as well as Vienna Film Fund and Eurimages. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Germany will distribute the movie. Theatrical release is scheduled for January 27, 2011. 

For further information or set visit requests please contact LINDALAX Public Relations, Christina von Lindenfels and Luisa Lazarovici, 089-130 100 611, post(at)lindalax.de or Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Germany, Petra Strobl and Karin Helm, 089 - 99340 235, Karin.Helm(at)disney.com.

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