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Friendship!

Friendship!
Scene from "Friendship!" (photo © Wiedemann & Berg Filmproduction)

November, 1989. The Berlin Wall has fallen. The whole world celebrates, and the two pals Veit and Tom along with it. The two young East-Germans, products of the GDR's repressive Communist regime, heed the call of the West, and set out for America with little more than 100 Deutsch-Marks in their pocket and a dream in their head: to make it to San Francisco. Veit's convinced that his dad's been living there since he fled the GDR years ago. But with their knowledge of English limited to the words "friendship" and "Vee are Communists," they're in for a rough ride. With a combination of patience and luck, the pals make it to New Mexico, where they meet Zoey, a young woman whose beauty matches her business sense: after raising some money with a screening of the boys' home video – a touching yet irreverent homage to their rapidly disappearing GDR – she gets them to sell chunks of rubble allegedly from the Berlin Wall… Then they're off to Las Vegas, where they top off their funds by stripping in a gay club. Finally they've got enough cash to get to San Francisco. But Zoey is still with them, and they've both fallen for her. Will their dream of going West end a few hundred miles short of San Francisco? And more importantly: Will their friendship end in the Nevada desert?


Markus Goller was born in 1969 in Munich. He began his career as a freelance editor. In addition to directing numerous commercials for well-known companies such as McDonald's, Kellogg’s and Coca-Cola, he has also directed the feature films MASK UNDER MASK (2001), FRIENDSHIP! (2009), HOT LINE (2011), FRAU ELLA (2013), MY BROTHER SIMPLE (2016), and 25 KM/H (2018).
Genre Comedy, Road Movie
Category Feature
Year of Production 2009
Director Markus Goller
Screenplay Oliver Ziegenbalg
Cinematography Ueli Steiger
Olivia Retzer, Markus Goller
Deborah Riley
Cast Alicja Bachleda, Friedrich Mücke, Matthias Schweighöfer
Producers Quirin Berg, Tom Zickler, Max Wiedemann
Co-Producers Stefan Gärtner, Marco Beckmann, David Groenewold
Production Companies Wiedemann & Berg Film, Mr. Brown Entertainment/Berlin, in co-production with SevenPictures Film, Marco Beckman & David Groenewold Medien/Berlin
Length 108 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Taormina 2010, Montreal 2010, Sao Paulo 2010, Golden Horse Taipei 2010, Karlovy Vary 2010
Awards Bavarian Film Prize 2010 (Best Newcomer Actor: Friedrich Muecke), Best Non-Mediterranean Film Taormina 2010
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Fund, BKM
German Distributor Sony Pictures Releasing

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