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Berlin is in Germany

Berlin is in Germany
Scene from "Berlin is in Germany"

Brandenburg penitentiary 2001: Martin Schulz is released after 11 years of imprisonment. As a former citizen of the German Democratic Republic, he experienced the fall of the wall from his prison cell. Upon release, he receives the items in his possesion at the time of his arrest: a blue East German identification card, an East German driver's license, and a wallet full of East German money. Martin is full of hope when he returns home, but hardly recognizes East Berlin again. The "New Berlin" has already taken over and the "Old East Berlin" clings desperately to its last remaining traits. The eleven-year absence is like a time machine and Martin runs into one difficulty after another while finding his place in this "new" world.


Hannes Stoehr was born in 1970 in Stuttgart. After studying European Law in Passau, he studied Scriptwriting and Directing at the German Film & Television Academy (DFFB) in Berlin. Active in all areas of filmmaking, a selection of his films includes: BIETE ARGENTINIEN, SUCHE EUROPA (1995), MAULTASCHEN (1996), LIEBER CUBA LIBRE (doc, 1997), GOSH, ZIRKUSPORTRÄT (doc, 1998), BERLIN IS IN GERMANY (2001), ONE DAY IN EUROPE (2004), BERLIN CALLING (2008), HOPPER VU PAR… (TV series, 2012), and GLOBAL PLAYER (2013).
Genre Tragicomedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2001
Director Hannes Stoehr
Screenplay Hannes Stoehr
Cinematography Florian Hoffmeister
Anne Fabini
Florian Appl
Anke Bisten, Natalja Meier
Cast Jörg Schüttauf, Julia Jaeger, Tom Jahn, Valentin Platereno, Robin Becker
Producer Gudrun Ruzicková-Steiner
Production Company Luna-Film/Berlin, in cooperation with ZDF, ORB/Potsdam
Length 95 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, French
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Berlin 2001 (Panorama), Troia 2001, Schwerin 2001, Valencia 2001, Moscow 2001, Jerusalem 2001, Montreal 2001, AFI Los Angeles 2001, Gothenburg 2002, Poitiers 2002, Annonay 2002, Istanbul 2002, Singapore 2002, Cairo 2003, Kolkata 2003
Awards Audience Award Berlin 2001, Audience Award Schwerin 2001, Luna de Plata Valencia 2001, First Prize Studio Hamburg Young Directors' Competition 2001, Prix Special du Jury Poitiers, Special Jury Prize Annonay 2002, Best Main Actor by the German Association of Film Critics 2002
German Distributor Piffl Medien/Berlin

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