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8 Miles High (Wilde Leben, Das)

8 Miles High
Scene from "8 Miles High" (photo © Neue Bioskop Film)

A gripping love story based on the life of the legendary top model and groupie Uschi Obermaier, the sex symbol of the 1968 generation of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll.

The beautiful young Uschi Obermaier from Munich is transformed at the end of the 1960s from a fashion top model to the figurehead of the sexual revolution and becomes the medium for an entire generation.

After meeting the pop-communard Rainer Langhans, Uschi moves into the Berlin "Commune 1" and runs through a whirlwind of relationships which make her a media icon, but useless for a "normal" life. When the commune falls apart in 1969, she takes up a relationship with the charismatic adventurer and bar-owner Dieter Bockhorn - during which time she is also involved with the Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

In search of the summer of eternal love and on the run from changing times, Uschi and Dieter take off on a long, adventurous trip in their camper bus around the world. But their dropout idealism soon becomes catastrophic as Dieter cannot come to terms with Uschi's desire for independence. On New Year's Day 1984, Dieter dies in Mexico and Uschi finds herself faced with an existential question: what is the price of freedom?


AKIZ studied Directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. His short film DER MARIANENGRABEN (1995) and his graduation film JOHN & LUCIE (1996) were both nominated for an Oscar® in the Foreign Film category of the Student Academy Award. In 1995, he attended the University of Southern California for post-graduate studies. He produced documentaries and worked as a freelancer until 2004. At the same time, he worked on sculptures, paintings and other art projects. His short film PAINTING REALITY (2010) was featured in Banksy‘s film THE ANTIC‘S ROAD SHOW. AKIZ founded the production company OOO-Films in 2012 which produced DER NACHTMAHR as its first feature film. Kim Gordon presented AKIZ’s work within “PopRally” at the MoMA in New York together with AdRock (Beastie Boys) in 2014. DER NACHTMAHR is the first part of the “demoniac trilogy“, which deals with the triptych “birth/love/death“as a cinematic cycle.
Genre Drama, Love Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 2006
Director AKIZ
Screenplay Olaf Kraemer, AKIZ
Cinematography Benjamin Dernbecher
Peter Przygodda
Alexander Hacke
Eduard Krajewski
Cast Natalia Avelon, Matthias Schweighöfer, David Scheller, Alexander Scheer, Victor Noren
Producers Eberhard Junkersdorf, Dietmar Güntsche
Production Company Neue Bioskop Film/Munich, in co-production with Munich Animation Film/Munich, Starhaus Filmproduktion/Munich, TV60 Film/Munich, H & V Entertainment/Munich, Senator Film Produktion, Babelsberg Film, Studio Babelsberg, B.A. Produktion/Munich
Length 114 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, BKM, MEDIA

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