Witch Lilli - The Dragon and the Magic Book

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Original title Witch Lilli - The Dragon and the Magic Book
Country of production Germany , Austria , Spain , Italy
original language German
Publishing year 2009
length 89 minutes
Age rating FSK without age restriction
Director Stefan Ruzowitzky
script Stefan Ruzowitzky, Armin Toerkell , Ralph Martin
production blue eyes fiction ( Corinna Mehner , Martin Husmann ), Trixter Film ( Michael Coldewey ); Coproduction: Buena Vista International , Filmstudio Babelsberg , Dor Film West , Steinweg Emotion Pictures , Classic
music Ian Honeyman
camera Peter von Haller
cut Britta Nahler

Successor  →
Witch Lilli - The Journey to Mandolan

Hexe Lilli - The Dragon and the Magic Book is a German, partly animated children's film (based on the eponymous book by Knister ) with an Austrian, Spanish and Italian co-production by director Stefan Ruzowitzky from 2009. The film was released in 2011 with Lilli the witch - Die Reise after Mandolan by Harald SICHERITZ and 2017 with the witch Lilli saves Christmas by Wolfgang Groos .


One day Lilli, a young girl, finds the clumsy little dragon Hector, who came flying through the window, together with a magic book in her room. He was just able to save the book from the evil wizard Hieronymus, who wanted to steal it from the old witch Surulunda. In addition, Surulunda is urgently looking for a successor, so Lilli has to prove to the dragon within 99 hours that she is a worthy super witch. To do this, she has to defeat Hieronymus, who has meanwhile stolen the magic book and is trying to build a world domination machine.


The film was produced by the German production companies blue eyes Fiction and Trixter Film in coproduction with Studio Babelsberg AG and the German subsidiary of Walt Disney (Buena Vista International Germany). The Austrian Dor Film (German branch Dor Film West ) as well as the Spanish Steinweg Emotion Pictures and the Italian Classic were also involved in the production .

The film was shot in the summer of 2007 in the Berlin area , in Vienna and in Lower Austria . The main part of the shooting took place in the Brandenburg state capital Potsdam , among others in Studio Babelsberg's studios , in the Dutch Quarter in the city center, at the Havelhaus in the former imperial park Babelsberg and at Marquardt Castle in the north of the city.

The film received funding from the German Film Funding Authority , the German Film Funding Fund , the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg , the Austrian Film Institute , the Film Fund Vienna , the FilmFernsehFonds Bayern , the Bavarian Banking Fund and from the i2i pot of the European MEDIA program .



The OÖN wrote on February 21, 2009 that the film is an endearing as action-packed movie experience, is able to bewitch even Larger whose interspersed, slapstick comedy.

Christina Krisch wrote in the Kronen-Zeitung on February 19, 2009 that the real film adaptation of the classic children's book, which focuses on the enchanting freckled Gör Lilli, was an innovative hocus-pocus that would also delight adults.

“Under the patronage of Disney, nothing was left to chance in the European co-production and lots of promising ingredients were mixed together: Stefan Ruzowitzky was directed by a newly crowned Oscar winner, and the cabaret artist Michael Mittermeier, who was enthusiastic about the masses, dubbed the pot-bellied dragon - an animated character in other real-life films. an international cast, including the Spanish diva Pilar Bardem (mother of Javier Bardem) as Lilli's predecessor Surulunda, ensures the connection to several marketing markets.
The result is less heterogeneous than one would assume with this calculated miscibility. On the one hand, this is due to a straightforward script, the genetic reform of which Ruzowitzky aptly referred to in interviews as a "bond for elementary school students" and which has correspondingly brisk campaigns, for example in wobbly houses. "

- Dominik Kamalzadeh : The standard

Theatrical release

Visits to the cinema
weekly until Sunday (Germany, Austria) or Wednesday (CH), cumulative
Date (D, Austria / CH) Germany Austria German Switzerland
22./25. February 283.171 37,644 7,051
1st / 4th March 622.203 82,133 14,595
8/11 March 816.907 116,520 22,580
15./18. March 943,556 139,822 27,589
22./25. March 1,010,679 153,333 32,731
March 29/1. April nv 162,320 37,128
April 5th / 8th April nv 165.160 39,728

The theatrical distribution in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, where the film started on February 19, 2009, is carried out by Walt Disney Studios . The world distribution rights are with Telepool .

In Germany, the film started the opening weekend at number 1 on the cinema charts with 283,171 visitors. In Austria the film started with 85 copies as the second most successful film of the opening weekend (February 20-22) in the cinemas and reached 33,072 visitors (behind Der Ja-Sager with 46,191). In German-speaking Switzerland, the film reached 6,684 in the first full week of the game (19 to 25 February), which means eighth place in the cinema charts. The film had a total of 7,051 visitors in German-speaking Switzerland until February 25th.


In 2009 the film received a nomination for the German Film Prize in the category of Best Children's and Youth Film.

At the German Children's Media Festival Goldener Spatz 2009 , director Stefan Ruzowitzky was awarded the special prize of the Thuringian Ministry of Building, Regional Development and Media , leading actress Alina Freund with the Goldener Spatzen in the category “Best Actress” and the children's media prize Der Weiße Elefant honored in the “Young Actor” category.

The German Film and Media Assessment FBW in Wiesbaden awarded the film the rating particularly valuable.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Age rating for the witch Lilli - The dragon and the magical book . Youth Media Commission .
  2. PNN: Leading role for Potsdam - premiere for the Babelsberg coproduction "Hexe Lilli": The fairy tale was shot in the city center of Potsdam's latest news from February 19, 2009, accessed March 15, 2019
  3. Filmmuseum Potsdam: Lilli the witch goes to the film filmmuseum-potsdam.de, accessed March 15, 2019
  4. OÖN of February 21, 2009 Proof of a super witch
  5. Kronen-Zeitung of February 19, 2009
  6. Dominik Kamalzadeh: Good witches see the world in rich colors. February 17, 2009 (accessed February 27, 2009); Print edition: February 18, 2009
  7. Charts on kino.de, with source Media Control GfK , accessed on February 26, 2009 (the total number of visitors stated there is identical to that of the weekend, information therefore relates to the opening weekend, obviously including Thursday, February 19); as well as week 9 / March 1, week 10 / March 8, week 11 / March 15, week 12 / March 22
  8. The Standard: Cinema hits in Austria. Status: February 20-22 February 2 , 2009, p. 28 and March 4, p. 12, March 11, p. 28, March 18, p. 28, March 25, p. 28
  9. Austrian Film Institute: 2009 in the cinema. ( Memento of the original from February 20, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Status: March 29 / April 5, 2009 (accessed on April 2 / April 11, 2009)  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.filminstitut.at
  10. KINOHITPARADE - GERMAN SWITZERLAND , 19.2.2009-25.2. / 26.2. – 4.3. / 5.3. – 11.3. / 12.3. – 18.3. / 19.3. – 25.3. / 26.3. – 1.4. (accessed on February 27 / March 7 / March 13 / March 19 / March 26 / April 2 / April 11)
  11. ^ German Film Award: An overview of the nominations at welt.de, March 13, 2009
  12. Goldener Spatz 2009 ( Memento of the original from February 1, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , May 30, 2009 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.goldenerspatz.de
  13. regie.de: Children's Media Prize “White Elephant” 2009 awarded  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Dead Link / www.regie.de