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Encore. Talent Contest - A Reunion (Zugabe. Talentprobe - Ein Wiedersehen)

Encore. Talent Contest - A Reunion
Scene from "Encore. Talent Contest - A Reunion" (photo © WDR)

On a night in July in 1979, a dozen adventurous characters met at a fountain in Cologne. They were all hopeful for a singing career or at least just wanted to have some fun. Peter Goedel captured their musical ambitions with his camera. Thirty years later, Manfred Behrens sought out those former “talents” and confronted them with their performance from 1979. Almost all of them still have some sort of musical connection, none of them could ever really forget this fateful July evening. Some still perform at informal musical evenings, others tried to make a living with it. One became the “Westerwald Elvis”, another the “Boy from the Hills”. They all went about their ways, dealing with compromise, illness and divorce. The film is about dreams and nightmares, strokes of fate come to the fore – normal life, in all of its facets.

The “talents“ from 1979 all meet again, at the same fountain in Cologne. They want to perform one more time and they dare to do so. For all of them, this reunion is a final farewell from this location.


Manfred Behrens was born in 1949 in Bad Schwartau and studied Theater, Film & Television Sciences, German Language Studies and Philosophy in Cologne. Active as a freelance editor, director and moderator, his films include: Angst, Hoffnung und Der Tod in Brighton (TV documentary, 1993), Drei Fotografinnen (TV documentary, 1994), Vom Leben der Toten (TV documentary, 1996), Hier oder nirgends ist Amerika (TV documentary, 1997), John Le Carré (TV portrait, 1997), Nobel und sein Preis (TV documentary, 1999), 20 Tage im 20. Jahrhundert (TV mini series, 1999), Das Trauma Vietnam (documentary, 2000), Woody and Mr. Allen (TV portrait, 2000), Bushfeuer (TV documentary, 2003), Reisewege: Der Kanal (TV documentary, 2008), Reisewege: Das Kattegat (TV documentary, 2009), and Zugabe. Talentprobe - Ein Wiedersehen (documentary, 2009).
Genre Music, Society
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2009
Director Manfred Behrens
Screenplay Manfred Behrens
Cinematography Axel Brandt, Hans-Albrecht Lusznat
Gesa Marten, Anika Simon
Producer Peter Goedel
Co-Producer Jutta Krug
Production Company Peter Goedel Film/Munich, in co-production with WDR
Length 97 min
Format color
Original Version
 German
Sound Technology Stereo
Festivals Hof 2009

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