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Never Mind the Wall (Wie Feuer und Flamme)

Never Mind the Wall

Berlin 1982. Seventeen-year-old Nele was born and raised in West Berlin, with the ever-present Wall. The other side looked grey and empty until the day when she first crossed through the Iron Curtain and met the young Punk, Captain. A fleeting moment, an exchange of glances - for Nele it’s love at first sight. Captain is an East Berliner, a man from another world, yet when this girl from the West meets the rebel from the East, they both know this is it. But the divided city has no place for the young lovers, who find themselves united against the world on both sides. Captain’s father can’t accept her, his gang doesn’t trust her, and Nele’s best friend is jealous of their love. But the real danger comes from the Secret Police, who see Captain and his gang as a subversive element. After a raid, Nele is expelled from East Germany, with no hope of ever seeing Captain again. But when she learns of his arrest, she desperately seeks a way to slip back into the East and rescue her lover.

A film from the makers of Run, Lola Run, with a script by Natja Brunckhorst - famous for her real-life role in the film We Children from Bahnhof Zoo, sensitively brought to the screen by Connie Walther and starring talented newcomers Anna Bertheau und Antonio Wannek.


Connie Walther studied Sociology and Spanish before switching over to Photography. After gathering experience as a lighting gaffer and production and directing assistant, she studied at the German Film & Television Academy (dffb) in Berlin and landed her first success with her graduation film Das erste Mal (1996), which was named Best Graduation Film from a German film academy in that year. Since then, she has demonstrated her talents with various genres and formats with films such as: Boersday Blues (short, 1992), Der Clown II (TV, 1997), Tic Tac Toe (TV documentary, 1998), Hauptsache Leben (1998), Offene Rechnung (TV, 1999), Never Mind the Wall (Wie Feuer und Flamme, 2001), Im falschen Leben (TV, 2001), Und Tschuess, ihr lieben (TV, 2002), Ei in Japan (documentary, 2005), Mord in aller Unschuld (TV, 2006), 12 Means: I Love You (TV, 2007), and Long Shadows (Schattenwelt, 2008).
Genre Drama, Love Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 2001
Director Connie Walther
Screenplay Natja Brunckhorst
Cinematography Peter Nix
Ewa J. Lind
Rainer Oleak
Gabriele Wolff
Cast Antonio Wannek, Luise Helm, Anna Bertheau, Tim Sander, Aaron Hildebrand, Carmen Birk, Michael Krabbe
Producers Stefan Arndt, Maria Koepf
Production Company X Filme Creative Pool, in co-production with ZDF
Length 99 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Pusan 2001, Berlin 2002 (German Cinema), Gothenburg 2002, Viareggio 2002
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, BKM
German Distributor X Verleih

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