Film still from <em>Timm Thaler</em>. Image courtesy of Goethe Institut.

Film still from Timm Thaler. Image courtesy of Goethe Institut.

The Legend of Timm Thaler

Goethe-Institut NZ German Film Series
  • Sun 29 Sep 2019
  • 1—2:55PM
  • Len Lye Centre Cinema
  • Rating: PG
  • Free entry
  • All welcome
  • Free entry tickets will be re-allocated to waiting customers five minutes after screening start time
  • Hearing loop provided for the hearing impaired
  • Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked

The story of Timm, the boy who traded in his infectious laugh for the ability to win any bet.

Timm Thaler is poor, but he laughs a lot, and often. His laughter is so charming and contagious that the diabolical Baron Lefuet wants, at all costs, to have it for himself. And so the world’s richest man makes the boy a dubious offer: if Timm agrees to sell him his laugh, he’ll win every bet he ever makes in the future.

After hesitating at first, Timm signs the contract. But though he can now seemingly fulfil his every wish, without his laugh he is a different person. Of all Timm’s friends, only Ida and the hotel bar keeper Kreschimir continue to stick with him. Together they hope to rescue Timm from the clutches of the baron and, through a clever trick, win back his inimitable laugh.

German with English subtitles, 2016, Colour, 102 min., Rated PG Dir. Andreas Dresen


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