Films/Andreas Bolm

All The Children But One

40 min, DigiBeta, color,D/H 2008 

Hungarian with English subtitles


Life for a child in this small Hungarian village is one of simple pleasures - bike rides, play fights and hunting for gorillas. But everyone has to grow up sometime, and the nearly idyllic world of the children is shattered sooner than expected when Karcsi, their playmate, dies just before his tenth birthday.

Now it’s up to Karcsi’s faithful friends to tell his story - how he loved lions and elephants, how he used to deliberately pronounce words in a funny way and how he wanted to become a doctor and develop a medicine to cure all the illnesses in the world. Fantasy and reality are blended together in equal measures as the children’s words keep Karcsi’s memory alive. They talk of going with their friend to the International Space Station and taking a spaceship to Mars. And they tell us how one day he lost a tooth and the wound started to bleed and didn’t stop. This is a story of the loss of childhood – an affectionate yet unsentimental goodbye.


Director’s Statement

Directors : Andreas Bolm and Noëlle Pujol

Photography : Noëlle Pujol

Sound : Andreas Bolm

Editing : Claire Atherton

Sound Mix : Cécile Chagnaud

Production : ZDF/3SAT, pickpocket production

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Distribution : pickpocket production

Festivals : Festival Cinéma du Réel, Paris, 2009, Duisburg Documentary Film Festival, Duisburg, Germany, DocumFest 2008, Timisoara, Romania, Festival International du Film Documentaire de Munich, Germany, Indie Lisboa, Festival International du Film Indépendant, Lisboa, Portugal…

Awards : Special Prize for Best Documentary on Kids and Teens Issues, DocumFest, Timisoara, 2008