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Berlin Stories (Stadt als Beute)

Berlin Stories
Julia Hummer, Stipe Erceg in "Berlin Stories" (photo © Filmgalerie 451, Thomas Aurin)

Berlin Stories was shot in Berlin and is inspired by the theater: three directors developed three astounding tales about the German capital based on rehearsals of a play by Volksbuehne-playwright René Pollesch. The film comments on the relationship between art and life in a tongue-in-cheek way.

Marlon, a young acting student, has to forget the rules of acting he has just learned before he can know how to flesh out his role. He plunges into the vortex of the city for two days and nights.

Lizzy constantly stages herself, but it always goes wrong: no money, no agency, no red carpet. She meets the cute callboy Julian in a bar and turns his biography into her story.

Ohboy, a flâneur, is afraid of the theater rehearsals, so he does not attend them. In a long walk down Potsdamer Strasse, which unites all of Berlin’s facets, he faces his fear of the script, and above all himself.


Irene von Alberti was born in Stuttgart. She studied Media Technology in Stuttgart and at the Munich University of Television & Film. She works as producer and director. Her films as a director include: PAUL BOWLES – HALBMOND (1995), CALL AT CORAZÓN (1995), BERLIN STORIES (2005), MAROC EN VOGUE (2006), TANGERINE (2008), HASSAN’S FILM (2014), and THE LONG SUMMER OF THEORY (2017).

Miriam Dehne was born in Duesseldorf. She studied Design at the Berlin University of the Arts and then worked as a costume designer and assistant director in theater and film. A selection of her films includes: Barbie Lives (Barbie lebt, 1992), Cinderella’s Dress (Cinderellas Kleid, 1996), Urban Style Mutation (1997), Spacy Tracy, Betty Bondage (2000), Vivi Kiss (2000), 99euro-films: Loreley S. (2002), and Berlin Stories (Stadt als Beute, 2005)

Esther Gronenborn studied at the University of Television & Film in Munich, specializing in documentaries and shorts. Her films include: I Wonder in Pornoland (short, 1990), The Road to Happiness (Die Strasse zum Glueck, 1995), Sie schaemen sich ihrer Traenen nicht, Morgengrauen (1992), alaska.de (2000) - winner of the German Film Award in Gold, Adil geht (2005), Berlin Stories (Stadt als Beute, 2005), and Kaifeck Murder (Hinter Kaifeck, 2008), as well as numerous music videos.
Genre Tragicomedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2005
Directors Irene von Alberti, Miriam Dehne, Esther Gronenborn
Screenplay Irene von Alberti, Miriam Dehne, Esther Gronenborn
Cinematography Dirk Heuer, Felix Leiberg, Patrick Waldmann
Robert Kummer, Daniela Kinateder
Don Philippe
Cast Julia Hummer, Stipe Erceg, Inga Busch, Richard Kropf, David Scheller, RP Kahl, René Pollesch
Producer Frieder Schlaich
Production Company Filmgalerie 451, in co-production with ZDF
Length 93 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Berlin 2005 (Forum), Femme Totale 2005, Cine Independiente Buenos Aires 2005, Kolkata 2006
With backing from MFG Baden-Württemberg, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
German Distributor Neue Visionen Filmverleih

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