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Center, The (Mitte, Die)

Center, The
Scene from "The Center" (photo © strandfilm)

Where is the geographical center of Europe?

No less than a dozen towns within a radius of two-thousand kilometers claim the distinction of being the "center". So director Stanislaw Mucha and his film team take off on an entertaining odyssey – sometimes burlesque, sometimes tragicomic – across Central Europe in search of the one-and-only, the "true center" of a continent covered with centers.


Stanislaw Mucha was born in 1970 in Nowy Targ/Poland. He studied Acting at the Ludwik Solski Drama School in Cracow, graduating with an M.A. in 1993. He then joined Cracow\'s Old Theatre. In 1995, he moved to Berlin and studied Film Directing at the \"Konrad Wolf\" Academy of Film & Television (HFF/B), which he concluded in 2000. His films include: the documentaries Polish Passion (Polnische Passion, 1996/1997), Back Home to the Reich with Bubi (Mit Bubi heim ins Reich, 2000), Absolut Warhola (2001), The Center (Die Mitte, 2004), Reality Shock (2005), and his feature debut Hope (2007).
Genre Culture, Society
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2004
Director Stanislaw Mucha
Screenplay Stanislaw Mucha
Cinematography Susanne Schüle
Stanislaw Mucha
Moritz Denis, Eike Hosenfeld
Producer Dieter Reifarth
Production Company Strandfilm/Frankfurt, in co-production with HR/Frankfurt, ARTE
Length 85 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German/Polish/Slovak/Lithuanian/Ukranian
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Berlin 2004 (Panorama), Karlovy Vary 2004 (Documentary Competition), Montreal 2004, Seville 2004, IDFA Amsterdam 2004, Fantasporto 2005
With backing from FilmFoerderung Hamburg, Hessische Filmfoerderung, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film, Filmstiftung NRW, Filmbuero NW

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