Magical premiere in Cologne

Cologne, November 06, 2017: Yesterday, the MMC Movies co-production HEXE LILLI RETTET WEIHNACHTEN celebrated a magical premiere at the Cinedom in Cologne. The third part of the successful series about Witch Lilli thrilled young and old and set the mood for the most wonderful time of the year.

The actors Hedda Erlebach, Jürgen Vogel, Maresa Hörbiger and the dragon Hektor spokesman Michael Mittermeier as well as director Wolfgang Groos, book author KNISTER and producer Corinna Mehner spread Christmas spirit on the red carpet.

Premiere of Hexe Lilli saves Christmas at the Cinedom Cologne
The premiere of HEXE LILLI RETTET WEIHNACHTEN at the Cinedom Cologne. © Universum Film

They were rewarded with thunderous applause after the screening by around 1000 enthusiastic premiere guests.

HEXE LILLI RETTET WEIHNACHTEN opens in cinemas on November 9, 2017, distributed by Universum Film.

About the film:
Witch Lilli is back! The third part of the successful series about Lilli the witch, HEXE LILLI RETTET WEIHNACHTEN by Wolfgang Groos, has a top-class cast with Hedda Erlebach, Jürgen Vogel, Anja Kling and Maresa Hörbiger as well as Michael Mittermeier as the voice of the dragon Hektor. Lilli's latest adventures are turbulent: Will she manage to save Christmas and bring the wild-eyed Knecht Ruprecht under control?

To the story:
Lilli is annoyed: she always has to take her little brother Leon into consideration! His allergy prevents her from getting a rabbit as a pet, and when he destroys her new telescope, which Santa Claus (actually Lilli's grandmother with a glued-on ruffled beard) has just brought, Lilli has had enough! Despite the warnings of her little green dragon Hektor, she uses a spell from her witch book and conjures Knecht Ruprecht from the Middle Ages into her world, so that he teaches Leon a little lesson...

The summoning spell works, but when Ruprecht then goes off on his own in the present-day world to look for his friend Nicholas, it gets Lilli into all kinds of trouble. He makes one of Lilli's teachers disappear and slowly reverts to the creature from the underworld he was before Santa Claus appeased him. Now only the real Santa Claus from the Middle Ages can help. But how is Lilli supposed to find him?

While she conjures herself back to Ruprecht's time with her classmate Layla, Ruprecht continues to wreak havoc in Lilli's town and Christmas is in serious danger. Now Lilli needs all her courage and wits to make up for her mistake and save Christmas for her family and all the people of her town....

For production:
The cinematic adventures of HEXE LILLI are based on the highly successful and worldwide million-selling children's book series by KNISTER.

The main adult roles in HEXE LILLI SAVES CHRISTMAS are played by Jürgen Vogel (DIE WELLE, "Blochin") as Ruprecht, Anja Kling (WHERE IS FRED?, OUR TIME IS NOW) as Lilli's mother, Maresa Hörbiger ("Romy", "Dr. Klein") as Lilli's grandma and Gerti Drassl ("Vorstadtweiber") as the teacher Mrs. Schnabel - and of course, in the new HEXE LILLI film Michael Mittermeier (HEXE LILLI - DIE REISE NACH MANDOLAN) as the voice of Lilli's clumsy dragon Hektor!

The children's roles are filled with new young talent such as. Hedda Erlebach as Lilli in her first leading role in a movie, Claudio Magno than her brother Leon, Aleyna Hila Obid as her friend Layla and Maurizio Magno as Count Tetrich was outstandingly cast.

Directed by Wolfgang Groos (DIE VAMPIRSCHWESTERN, RICO, OSKAR UND DAS HERZGEBRECHE), the camera was taken over by Marcus Kanter (THE MAMBA, WEDDING POLKA).

WITCH LILLI SAVES CHRISTMAS is a production of blue eyes Fiction (Corinna Mehner) and Trixter (Michael Coldewey) in co-production with Dor film, Potemkino, Be-Films, Universe Film, WDR and MMC Movies Cologne.

The Filming for the third episode of the successful Hexe Lilli series took place from November 22, 2016 to mid-February 2017 in North Rhine-Westphalia, Belgium, Austria and South Tyrol. For the theatrical adventure, the MMC Art Department the complete home of witch Lilli including winter garden in the 1.000 sqm large MMC Studio 41 built. Here, the team around Wolfgang Groos shot on nine days.

Promoted HEXE LILLI RETTET WEIHNACHTEN was supported by Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Belgian Tax Shelter by BNP Paribas Fortis Film Finance, Österreichisches Filminstitut, IDM Südtirol - Alto Adige, Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Filmförderungsanstalt, Screen Flanders, Filmfonds Wien, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, ORF Film/Fernseh-Abkommen, FISA - Filmstandort Austria and Creative Europe Programme - MEDIA of the European Union.

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Behind, from left to right. Moderator Malte Arcona, Matthias Körnich (WDR), Hans-Jörg Seibold (MMC Studios), Brigitta Mühlenbeck (WDR), Jutta Bose (Universum Film), Christina Bentlage (Film- und Medienstiftung NRW), Danny Krausz (Dor Film), Maresa Hörbiger, director Wolfgang Groos, Michael Mittermeier, producer Corinna Mehner, screenwriter Gerrit Hermans.
Front row, f.l.t.r. Composer Anne-Kathrin Dern, Maurizio Magno, Jürgen Vogel, Hedda Erlebach, Claudio Magno, Aleyna Hila Obid and KNISTER. © Universum Film