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Liberated Zone (Befreite Zone)

Liberated Zone
Florian Lukas, Johanna Klante (photo © 2002 Oe Film GmbH/JUNIFILM GmbH)

The eyes of the nation, and those of its football fans, are fixed on Saesslen, a small town in eastern Germany. The local club has made it through to the League Cup final and now only a certain bunch of Bavarians stands between them and triumph. Yes, it’s the mid-1990s and good times are-a-comin’ to the former East Germany!

The town's inhabitants are all very intimately intertwined, sharing triumphs and failures, ... and even the occasional partner.


Norbert Baumgarten was born in 1973 in Bautzen. He has been studying at the "Konrad Wolf" Academy of Film & Television in Potsdam in 1997. He has worked in various functions in the film business, including as location manager, director's assistant, and production manager. He has also worked as a video artist and set designer, in addition to writing and directing children's plays. His films include: Die Abenteuerin (short, 2000), Sex & Crime (short, 2001), Happy End (short, 2001), Achterbahn: Flachschwimmer (2001), and Liberated Zone (Befreite Zone, 2002).
Genre Comedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2003
Director Norbert Baumgarten
Screenplay Norbert Baumgarten
Cinematography Christine A. Maier
Juergen Winkelblech
Juergen Ehle
Juliane Friedrich
Cast Johanna Klante, Florian Lukas, Annett Renneberg, Michael Ojake
Producers Katrin Schlösser, Anke Hartwig
Production Companies öFilm/Berlin, JUNIFILM, in cooperation with ORB/Potsdam, ZDF
Length 93 min
Format Super 16
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
With backing from German Federal Film Board, BKM

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