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Berlin - 1st of May (Berlin - 1. Mai)

Berlin - 1st of May
Scene from "Berlin - 1st of May" (photo © jetfilm/FRISBEEFILMS)

The young Turk Yavuz, the small-town cop Uwe, and the middle-class kids Jacob and Pelle: four people who couldn’t be any more different. But each one of them is convinced that this 1st of May is going to change their life. Their stories rotate around and bounce off each other, driven by the determination to take what they have been missing in life. Today is their day.


Carsten Ludwig was born in 1970 in Braunschweig. After studying Economics, he enrolled in the Direction program at the German Academy of Film & Television (dffb) in Berlin in 1998. During his studies he also worked as a film projectionist in Berlin. Also active as an actor, his films as a director include: Nuesse (short, 1998), Wolfram (short, 1999), Mittenmang (short, 2000), Immer an der Wand lang (short, 2001), Detroit (2003), Berlin - 1st of May (Berlin - 1. Mai, 2007), and 66/67 (2009).

Jan-Christoph Glaser was born in 1976 and studied Communication Sciences and Philology in Berlin. Primarily active as a film editor, his films as a director include the MTV series Auftrag Moabit (1998), Glasgow (short, 2000), and the features Detroit (2002) in co-direction with Carsten Ludwig, Neandertal (2006) in co-direction with Ingo Haeb, Berlin - 1st of May (Berlin - 1. Mai, 2007), and 66/67 (2009).

Sven Taddicken was born in 1974 in Hamburg and studied directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemburg from 1996-2002. For his short film COUNTING SHEEP (1999), he was nominated for the Student Academy Awards®. His feature debut GETTING MY BROTHER LAID (2001) premiered in the Official Competition at the Rotterdam Film Festival where it also received the FIPRESCI Critics' Award. His second feature EMMA’S BLISS (2006) premiered in the Zabaltegi Competition of the San Sebastian IFF and won numerous international awards including Best Screenplay (Hamptons IFF, 2006) and an Audience Award (Sevilla IFF, 2006). His third feature 12 PACES WITHOUT A HEAD (2009) about the legendary German high-sea pirate Klaus Störtebeker was released by Warner Bros. Germany and premiered at the Shanghai IFF (2010). ORIGINAL BLISS (2016) is his 4th feature film as a director.

Jakob Ziemnicki was born in 1975 in Poland and moved to Germany in 1980. After studying Philosophy and German Philology in Cologne, he studied Directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in Ludwigsburg. A selection of his films includes: Dark (1998), Der Ball ist verdammt Rund (short, 2000), Et kuett wie et kuett (short, 2002), Tompson Musik (2004), Mairitter (TV, 2005), and Berlin - 1st of May (Berlin - 1. Mai, 2007).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2007
Directors Carsten Ludwig, Jan-Christoph Glaser, Sven Taddicken, Jakob Ziemnicki
Screenplay Carsten Ludwig, Michael Proehl, Oliver Ziegenbalg, Jakob Ziemnicki
Cinematography Daniela Knapp, Daniel Moeller, Kolja Raschke, David Schultz
Carsten Eder, Jan-Christoph Glaser, Sebastian Marka, Andreas Radtke, Sarah J. Levine, Jens Klueber
Christoph Blaser, Dirk Dresselhaus, Steffen Kahles, Rainer von Vielen
Petra Albert, Juliane Friedrich, Christian Sitta
Cast Jacob Matschenz, Ludwig Trepte, Cemal Subasi, Benjamin Hoeppner, Torsten Michaelis, Oktay Oezdemir, Hannah Herzsprung, Peter Kurth
Producers Jon Handschin, Alexander Bickenbach, Christian Rohde
Production Companies jetfilm/Berlin, Frisbeefilms, in co-production with HR/Frankfurt, ARTE, in cooperation with teamWorx/Berlin
Length 90 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Berlin 2008 (Perspectives German Cinema/Opening Film), MedFilm Festival 2008

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