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The acclaimed Afro-German author Sebastian Klein is on a reading tour in the East German backwater and is given a fitting welcome by local neo-Nazis: a blow to the head. Sebastian promptly loses his memory and parrots everything people tell him. Nina, Sebastian‘s pregnant girlfriend in Berlin, is highly agitated. Without further ado she travels to Prittwitz and teams up with the village policeman Sascha to track down her boyfriend. He is in the hands of the neo-Nazis and their leader Sven and feels right at home among them. Smirking, he appears on talk shows and mouths the slogans that Sven whispers to him. A ‘blackie’ railing against integration – the public goes crazy. And Sven sees himself finally on his way to becoming an opinion leader. But he isn’t impressing his beloved, Nazi girlfriend Doreen. She wants to see action. Historic deeds. And so Sven prepares his people for a big showdown – while at the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing, and neither can get online at the moment. What can save the world now? And Nina and Sebastian’s love?


Dietrich Brüggemann was born in 1976 and studied at the “Konrad Wolf” University of Film and Television in Potsdam. His films include: the shorts HEAVY ROTATION (2001), MEHR LICHT (2003), WARUM LÄUFT HERR V. AMOK (2003), KATJA KANN FAST ALLES (2004), numerous music videos, and the features NINE TAKES (NEUN SZENEN, 2006), RENN WENN DU KANNST (2010), MOVE (3 ZIMMER/KÜCHE/BAD, 2011), STATIONS OF THE CROSS (KREUZWEG, 2014, Silver Bear Berlin), HEIL (2015), and NÖ (2019).
Genre Comedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2015
Director Dietrich Brüggemann
Screenplay Dietrich Brüggemann
Cinematography Alexander Sass
Cast Benno Fürmann, Jacob Matschenz, Daniel Zillmann, Liv Lisa Fries, Jerry Hoffmann, Oliver Bröcker, Anna Brüggemann, Thelma Buabeng, Richard Kropf
Producers Katrin Goetter, Michael Lehmann
Production Companies Real Film, Letterbox Filmproduktion/Hamburg, in co-production with Bella Firma, RBB, SWR, ARD Degeto, in cooperation with ARTE
Length 103 min
Format DCP, color, 1:2.39
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Munich 2015, Karlovy Vary 2015, Palic 2015, Stockholm 2015, Black Nights Tallinn 2015, Cleveland 2016, Cluj-Napoca 2016, Shanghai 2016, Cork 2016
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, German Federal Film Fund, German Federal Film Board
German Distributor X Verleih

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