New: Das Wunder von Loch Ness

Das Wunder von Loch Ness [lit. The Wonder of Loch Ness; aka The Secret of Loch Ness] (Germany-2008; dir. Michael Rowitz)

Thanks to our friends The Gualagon Team, the Backbrain can tell you a bit more about this new German-produced Loch Ness Monster flick.

Made by Moonlake Entertainment‘s TV Film subsidiary company Alpha Filmtime, this family-oriented monster movie premiered on 5 February this year on Sat1 TV and has garnered two nominations in the 2008 German TV Awards, in the categories “Best Camera” and “Best Visual Effects”, as well as winning the Award for “Best Visual Effects” — thanks to the efforts of VFX Team “Trixter”, headed by Michael Coldewey.

Das Wunder von Loch Ness screenshot -- Nessie Rises

According to IMDB, it has also won a Bavarian TV Special Award for “the development and production of virtual characters” and gained a White Elephant — Special Award at the Munich Film Festival for child star Lukas Schust.

Das Wunder von Loch Ness -- Lucas Schust

The film was directed by Michael Rowitz, a veteran of TV production, and features Lisa Martinek, Hans Werner Mayer and the animated 3D Character “Oki”.

Das Wunder von Loch Ness -- Oki

The movie is about an eleven year old boy named Tim, who has a passion for dinosaurs and, in particular, the Loch Ness monster.

While doing research, he stumbles across information about an explorer who has a striking similarity to his supposedly dead father. Tim decides to go to Loch Ness where the explorer is currently working. He meets Eric and a six hundred year old [CGI] druid called Oki. This druid tells Tim the real Secret of Loch Ness. There are lots of surprises waiting for Anna, Tim`s mother, at Loch Ness.

Das Wunder von Loch Ness -- Nessie

Word on the film has been positive so far and as it has been released on DVD in Germany by Warner Home Video, hopefully we’ll see a subtitled release in the US and worldwide sooner rather than later.

Das Wunder von Loch Ness -- DVD cover

Below is the opening 6 minutes of the film:

You can also view the trailer here.

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8 Responses to New: Das Wunder von Loch Ness

  1. Avery says:

    The effects in this one look awesome!! We all know how much I digg a cool lake/sea monster film. I’m also liking the fantasy element as well. Thanks Rob!!

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  4. luana says:

    Nessie in Italian attic mystery
    Mystery drawing may have been done by master illusionist
    By neil macphail

    Published: 13/03/2010

    ARTISTIC CONUNDRUM: The 1949 painting entitled Loch Ness Monster and Black
    Man without a Face
    More Pictures

    Our Loch Ness Monster is famed the world over, and pops up in very strange
    circumstances from time to time.

    Now she has surfaced at the centre of an art mystery in Italy.

    This centres around a charcoal drawing dating from 1949, which is described as
    Loch Ness Monster and Black Man without a Face, and which could possibly have
    been drawn by famous Dutch artist, MC Escher.

    This story of the mystery painting starts in 2005 in Volturara, a small
    village in the Italian province of Avellino, where traffic police officer
    Raffaele De Feo lives.

    When clearing out his family’s attic, he found what he called “the strange

    Initially he did not take any notice of it, but later, in removing the frame,
    he sees an inscription on the back of the picture, signed by MC Escher, which
    reads: “With all my heart to a friendly remembrance.”

    Now some Italians are urging art experts to authenticate the work as being
    done by Maurits Cornelis Escher, nicknamed “Mauk”, and contacted the Press and
    Journal to spread the world that Nessie “lives” in Italy.

    Escher (1898-1972) was hailed by many as one of the world’s most famous
    graphic artists. His art is enjoyed by millions of people all over the world,
    as can be seen on the many web sites on the internet. And for several years he
    lived and travelled in Italy.

    He is most famous for his so-called impossible structures, such as Ascending
    and Descending, Relativity, his Transformation Prints, such as Metamorphosis I,
    Metamorphosis II and Metamorphosis III, Sky & Water I or Reptiles.
    Read more:

  5. jessica says:

    T A T E M O D E R N
    Bankside London SE1 9TG
    Call+44(0)20 7887 8000
    Fax+44(0)20 7401 5052

    02 May 2007
    De Feo Raffaele
    Sezione Polizia Stradale de Avellino
    83100 Via G.Palatucci 16

    Dear DE Feo Raffaele

    Thank you for the letter and information that you sent Tate Modern, which have now been
    Discussed by the curatorial team at Tate Modern and have been passed to me for reply. While we
    Appreciate your thoughtful proposal, exhibitions and displays are planned far in advance. Our
    Calendar is now completely booked through 2009, and we are reluctant to commit to any new
    Projects until we are fuether along in planning for the shows that are currently being organised by
    Our own curatorial staff.

    I am sorry to be the bearer of such disappointing news, but on behalf of the team here, I should
    Like to wish you every success in realising your idea elsewhere.

    Thank you for thinking of Tate Modern.

    Yours sincerely,
    Aleanor Jones
    Director’s Office
    Tate Modern

  6. arteluan says:

    20 Agosto 2010 alle 08:51
    Nessie Loch Ness Monster and the Black Man without a face date 1949-
    Artist Maurits Cornelis ESCHER 1898-1972 NL

    June 29th 2010, Rome
    Great works of art
    Andrea Dipré, famous art critique with Antonio Prospero, CEO of the Escher-
    Nessie association.
    Welcome to you all by Andrea Dipré, presenter of the program The Great Works
    of art. The subject of today’s program is a drawing of exceptional and
    fundamental importance due to its artistic value by the Dutch graphic artist
    and engraver Maurits Cornelis Escher who, with his genius, tackled the
    geometrical representation of art.
    One of his works was found by chance a few years ago, stashed away for decades
    in an old and forgotten garage in a small village in the southern region of
    Campania. This work is of extraordinary importance.
    Escher was loved by scientists, mathematicians and logicians. The work is
    dedicated to the myth of the Monster of Loch Ness known as Nessie.
    The picture is held together in a wooden oak frame and depicts a mysterious
    figure playing a fife who seems to be enchanting the sea creature with his
    Here you can see a life-size photo of the original, which is well hidden in a
    secret location. On the back of the picture there is the signature of Escher
    himself as confirmed by a scientific study of his calligraphy.
    The work is a charcoal drawing measuring 53 cm x 42 cm. This extraordinary
    piece of art was found, as said above, by chance by policeman Raffaele De Feo.
    The calligraphy and signature have been officially recognized. The work is of
    amazing importance also due to the sightings of the Monster of Loch Ness which
    began in the 1930s.
    The work was given to policeman Rafaelle De Feo’s mother and brought to Italy
    a few years later to Volturara Irpina a small village in the southern province
    of Avellino . Escher managed to represent the essence of Nessie. Here is the
    life-size photo of the picture. You can contact the owner or Mr. Prospero for
    more information, and have the chance to see the original which belongs to myth
    rather than history.
    The work, I remind you, is an Escher, the great Dutch artist who was born in
    1898 and died in 1972. Mr. Prospero is also working hard to make the piece of
    art obtain the recognition it deserves. It has already had great success by a
    vast public, but my wish is for it to obtain even larger and wider popularity.
    Thank you.

    Descritption of the work of art

    The moon is well visible high in the dark sky which reflects its yellowish
    light on a waving sea. From underneath this mass of water emerges a monstrous
    The famous Monster of Loch Ness emerges from the water by the music plyed by a
    mysterious faceless flute, or fife, player.
    The faceless player shows no human features, such as nose, ear or left eye.
    On the left side of the picture rises the mysterious creature known as
    ‘Nessie’. Its body is easily visible in the centre-left part of the
    composition, with its long neck coming out of the water turning its head
    towards the player. Nessie shows the right side of her face and large horns
    under the moonlight. Both figures are encircled by a mysterious halo which
    gives them a saint-like appearance.
    The picture gives us the idea that Nessie will not emerge from its hidden
    waters if not called by the mysterious flute player. Such as the harp, the
    flute is considered an instrument played by the gods.
    At the back of the picture on the upper left side we can see a dedication from
    the famous Dutch graphic artist and engraver , M.C. Escher 18.01.49.
    On the lower right side, the signature of the artist, with the cataloging or
    number of registration.
    The frame is in oak, 42cm x 53cm

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