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Downhill City

Downhill City

Downhill City - The story of six people who are in the process of radically altering their lives. The Finnish musician Artsi leaves his home to achieve the breakthrough in Berlin. Peggy breaks with Hans who can only think of his career as a kickboxer. Sascha, who has just been released from prison, doesn't know where he is going to sleep. Fabian, the writer, keeps his head above water as a pizza delivery man, and Doris, who wants to break out of her narrow existence as a wife and wanders aimlessly through the city. Their paths cross and become absorbed again in the big city - Berlin.


Hannu Salonen was born on the West coast of Finland in 1972. Even before receiving his school-leaving certificate he had already made several shorts, documentaries and a music video. In 1993, he began studies at the German Film & Television Academy (dffb). His films include various short films and documentaries. Downhill City was his first feature film. His other films are: EinTeenager flippt aus (TV, 2001) and All' Arrabbiata - Eine kochende Leidenschaft (TV, 2001).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1996
Director Hannu Salonen
Screenplay Hannu Salonen
Cinematography eska
Julia Oehring
22 Pistepirkko
Cast Franka Potente, Teemu Aromaa, Andreas Brucker, Michaela Rosen, Sebastian Rudolph, Axel Werner
Producer Gudrun Ruzicková-Steiner
Production Company Luna-Film/Berlin, in co-production with ZDF, Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB), Talent House/Helsinki
Length 103 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Intertitled Versions English, Spanish
Sound Technology Dolby Stereo
Festivals Munich 1999, San Sebastian 1999 (New Directors' Competition), Wels 1999, Gothenburg 2000, Saarbruecken 2000
With backing from Finish Filmfoundation
German Distributor Basis-Film Verleih/Berlin

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