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MEN IN THE CITY (MÄNNERHERZEN)

MEN IN THE CITY
Scene from "Men in the City" (photo © Warner Bros. Entertainment)

Five men in search of love and happiness in a time when men aren't really sure anymore what it means to be a man, and what women expect of them. From their "home base" at a Berlin gym, the men swarm out into the big city to talk up, seduce, betray, leave and, maybe, reunite with the women who enter their orbit. Jerome is the alpha male, oozing self-assurance, his steeled abs literally reaching out for success. The very opposite of Jerome is Gunther, who collects tips from his gym acquaintance on how to seduce women. Another denizen of the gym club, Roland keeps to himself and screams out his repressed emotions while working out. The two pals Philip and Niklas are a study in contrasts. Philip, the eternal student, has been fired from his trainee job and wants to open a health-food restaurant. Niklas is an advertising and PR ace. What they both share are women problems.

Are men the strong sex? These five – sensitive, vulnerable, often intolerable – ask themselves this question as they stumble from one misadventure to another, from one woman to another, until they learn a very valuable lesson: that you have to fight for the woman you love. Even if you have to take on a crocodile single-handedly!


Simon Verhoeven was born in 1972 in Munich. He studied Performing Arts at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute in New York, Film Music at Berkley College of Music in Boston and Film Directing at the Tisch School of the Arts in New York. He has appeared as an actor in numerous television and feature films. In addition to numerous music videos and short films, his films as a director include: WATER (1997), PHONE (1997) and NICE MEETING YOU (1999), all three of which were Showcase Winners at NYU Film Festivals, 100 PRO (2001), MEN IN THE CITY 1 & 2 (2009), UNFRIEND (2016), and WELCOME TO GERMANY (2016).
Genre Romantic Comedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2009
Director Simon Verhoeven
Screenplay Simon Verhoeven
Cinematography Jo Heim
Stefan Essl
Simon Verhoeven
Thomas Stammer
Cast Til Schweiger, Justus von Dohnányi, Jana Pallaske, Maxim Mehmet, Liane Forestieri, Florian David Fitz, Wotan Wilke Möhring, Nadja Uhl, Christian Ulmen
Producers Quirin Berg, Max Wiedemann
Production Company Wiedemann & Berg Film
Length 107 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Shanghai 2010
Awards Bavarian Film Prize 2010 (Best Screenplay), German Film Award 2010 (Best Supporting Actor Justus von Dohnányi)
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Fund, BKM

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