At Christmas, DAS ERSTE and ORF 1 show the third part of the successful series about Witch Lilli, which is being MMC Movies coproduced and shown, among others, in the MMC Studios was shot.
"Witch Lilli Saves Christmas" by Wolfgang Groos, has a top-class cast including Hedda Erlebach, Jürgen Vogel, Anja Kling and Maresa Hörbiger, as well as Michael Mittermeier as the voice of the dragon Hektor. In the latest adventure of Witch Lilli, she must bring the wild-eyed Knecht Ruprecht under control in order to save Christmas for all the children of the world.
Lilli is annoyed: She always has to be considerate of her little brother Leon! His allergy prevents her from getting a rabbit as a pet, and when he also destroys her new telescope, which Santa Claus (actually Lilli's grandmother with a glued-on raccoon-beard) has just brought, Lilli has had enough!
Despite the warnings of her little green dragon Hector, she uses a spell from her witch book and conjures Knecht Ruprecht from the Middle Ages into her world to teach 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 brains to make up for her mistake and save Christmas for her family and all the people of her town....
The cinematic adventures of Hexe Lilli are based on the highly successful and worldwide million-selling children's book series by Crackle.
The adult leading roles in "Hexe Lilli retten Weihnachten" play Jürgen Vogel as Ruprecht, Anja Kling as Lilli's mother, Maresa Hörbiger as Lilli's grandma and Gerti Drassl as teacher Mrs. Schnabel - and of course may also Michael Mittermeier as the voice of Lilli's clumsy dragon Hektor!
The children's roles are filled with young talent like 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.
"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, Universum Film, WDR and MMC Movies Cologne.
The director was Wolfgang Groos, the camera took over Marcus Kanter.
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 MMC Studio 41 built. Here, the team around Wolfgang Groos shot on nine days.
Promoted was "Hexe Lilli rettet Weihnachten" 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.
"Witch Lilli Saves Christmas": Free TV premieres on December 24, 2019 at 12:05 p.m. on ORF 1 and December 26, 2019 at 07:30 a.m. on DAS ERSTE.
Photo: Lilli (Hedda Erlebach) opens the door for Santa Claus. © Universum Film