Directed by Heiki Ernits + Janno Põldma
Estonia/Latvia | 2006 | 81 min.
Leiutajateküla Lotte (original title)
Lotte is a lively and joyful girl-dog living somewhere on the seashore. The inhabitants of the village have an unusual hobby; they all invent simple machines and the yearly invention contest is the most important day in their calendar. Lotte’s father Oscar works on a new invention, as does his main competitor Adalbert. The day before the contest Lotte and her best friend Bruno go for a refreshing swim. They find an old book floating in the waves. It turns out to be in Japanese with interesting pictures of rabbits in white clothes and even a bee. When they hang the book up to dry, the bee falls down from between the pages. He is Susumu, a Japanese judo assistant sensei, who was caught between the pages of a falling book and has travelled across the ocean.
Oscar and Lotte have a plan for how to help Susumu back home. They hear about a judo contest in Japan and all three kids join him on the journey to Japan to test their skills. Has the lively and impatient Lotte managed to learn how to balance her nature with patient rehearsal? – Sola Media
2007 Winner of the Latvian Film Prize for Best Animated Feature Film – also nominated for Best Music and Best Screenplay – 2007 Official Program 2007 of the Annecy International Animated Film Festival – 2006 Best Film, Ene and Tonis Birch Foundation of the Estonian National Culture Foundation – 2007 Children’s Jury Award from Divercine International Children’s Festival in Monevideo, Uruguay – 2007 Best Feature Length Animation, Lielais Kristaps, Latvia – 2007 Fred, der Goldene Gossi, Children’s Jury Award for Best Film Festival from 19 Kids Festival, Bielefeld, Germany – 2007 Best Feature Length Animation Tindirindis from the International Animated Film Festival, Lithuania – 2008 Audience Award, Mill Valley Children’s Film Fest – 2008 Official Selection of the New York Children’s Film Festival
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