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Golden Lemons

Golden Lemons
Scene from "Golden Lemons"

America in fast-forward mode: German punk band Die Goldenen Zitronen (The Golden Lemons) is on tour together with schizophrenic rock star Wesley Willis.

It’s fourteen days of bus, gig, bus, gig, from San Francisco via Las Vegas to the Mexican border; fourteen appearances as Wesley’s support band playing to an audience that doesn't speak any German.

For both The Golden Lemons and Wesley, the tour is a marriage of convenience, fourteen days in close proximity. In theory, they are worlds apart. On the one side, there is the German band that has walked the thin line between music and politics for twenty years. On the other, there is Wesley, a man driven onto the stage to purge himself of the demons haunting his mind.

The monotonous wilds of America, endless hamburgers and bad cups of coffee, the looped Beatles cassette, while encounters with itinerant preachers and young groupies force them to ponder their creative activity, indeed their very existence away from bourgeois careers and savings accounts.

Golden Lemons is a documentary road movie, an assessment, a trip to the demons.


Jörg Siepmann studied Film in Dortmund and Cologne from 1990-1997. In 1999, he co-founded the production company 2 Pilots together with Harry Floeter. A selection of his award-winning films includes: Luna 13 (short, 1994), Two Days Grey (short, 1995), Hotel (short, 1996), Controlled Demolition (documentary short, 1998), Silverstar (short, 2000), and his documentary-feature debut Golden Lemons (2003).
Genre Music, Road Movie
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2003
Director Jörg Siepmann
Cinematography Hajo Schomerus
Benjamin Ikes
Producer Harry Flöter
Production Company 2 Pilots Filmproduction/Cologne
Length 83 min
Original Version
 German/English
Subtitled Version English/German
Sound Technology DTS
Festivals Berlin 2003 (Forum), Munich Documentary Film Festival 2003, Melbourne 2003
With backing from Filmbuero NW, Filmfoerderungsanstalt (FFA), Filmstiftung NRW
German Distributor Real Fiction Filmverleih/Cologne

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