Somewhere in Tonga

Somewhere in Tonga

Direction: Florian Schewe


Germany, 2017
98 Min.

Meine sieben Sachen - Der Schuh 24 WEEKS

zero one film in Coproduction with ZDF / Das kleine Fernsehspiel, ARTE.

World Premiere: Oct 25, 2017, 51. Hofer Filmtage
TV premiere: Nov 23, 2017, 11/23/2017



There is nothing that keeps passionate social worker Wolski in Germany. With hard work he has prepared his escape: On an uninhabited island in the Kingdom of Tonga he wants to give criminal teenagers a second chance. His first candidate is Marcel, 16 years old and no stranger to drugs, violence and crime.
From now on, living equals struggling for Wolski. Struggling with a boy who wants everything except staying on an uninhabited island with him. Wolski tries to build something up, Marcel tries to destroy it. A visit to the main island ends in disaster. Wolski only narrowly manages to keep the boy from being send to prison. The deal: From now on, Marcel is not allowed to leave the remote island at all.
„Somewhere in Tonga“ is based on a true story.


51. Hofer Filmtage

Special Mention

Lünen Film Festival

Students Film Price 16+

Lünen Film Festival

Lüdia / Best Film (Audience Award)

Milano International Filmfestival

Best Supporting Performance Male

Milano International Filmfestival

Best Directing


Director: Florian Schewe

Script: Sarah Schill, Florian Schewe - nach Motiven aus dem Tatsachenbericht „Tongan Coffee“ von Uwe Gröne

Production: Volker Heise, Thomas Kufus

Commissioning Editor: Christian Cloos (ZDF – Das kleine Fernsehspiel), Olaf Grunert (ARTE)

Line Producer: Melanie Berke

Production Manager: Sabina Friedland

Casting: Britt Beyer

DoP: Yannick Bonica

Ligtning: Tom Sperling

Sound: Manja Ebert

Production Design: Friederike Sell

Make Up: Rosa Singhofen

Costume: Suni Hoffmann

Editing: Till Ufer

Music: Daniel Dickmeis

Sound design: Dominik Avenwedde

Cast: Sascha Alexander Geršak, Luis Pintsch, Tevita Fukofuka, Fuahea Semi, Lolohea Lin, Mira Partecke, Wolfgang Zechmayer