Timm Thaler is a poor boy who laughs loud and often. His laughter is so contagious that the rich and naughty Baron wants to have it, so he offers Timm to sell him his laughter in exchange for the power to make his every wish come true. After initial hesitation, the boy signs a contract with Baron. Timm can now make all his wishes come true, but he soon begins to realise that without his laughter he is becoming quite a different, lonely person. His friends Ida and Kreschimir join Timm on an adventure of helping him bring his laughter back. In his first film for children, the famous German director Andreas Dresen adapted a 1962 novel by James Kruss.
The Legend of Timm Thaler or the Boy who sold his Laughter
About the director Andreas Dresen
Andreas Dresen was born 1963 in East Germany. In the early 1980s he started working in theatre and making short films. After studying directing at the Babelsberg Konrad Wolf Film University in Potsdam, since 1992 he has been active as a film, TV and theatre writer and director. One of the most acclaimed and successful German directors of today, with a diverse range of works and many awards and honours.