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Reclaim Your Brain (Free Rainer - Dein Fernseher luegt)

Reclaim Your Brain
Scene from "Reclaim Your Brain" (photo © Amelie Losier/Kahuuna Films)

TV producer Rainer has it all: big salary, luxurious penthouse, high life, hot car, even hotter girlfriend. The 30-something go-getter has reached the top by creating TV shows of the most stupid and vulgar kind. In his latest hit, a man gets the privilege of fathering a woman’s child if his spermatozoid wins a microscopic race to fertilize an ovum!

One day, mysterious young woman Pegah vengefully drives full speed into his car. After this near-death experience, Rainer has a major change of heart and decides to produce a thought-provoking news show for his station’s prime-time lineup. Devastated by the show’s poor ratings, Rainer quits his job and embarks on an investigation of the audience measurement system that keeps intelligence-insulting programs at Number One.

Teaming up with the beautiful Pegah and a gang of unemployed social misfits, Rainer sets out to prove that a conspiracy surrounds the boxes used in select households to estimate audience percentage. Determined to fight television’s dumbing down of society, Rainer and his new friends eventually go all the way with an intricate and ingenious plan to get the public interested in quality cultural programs. But the station execs who live off audience hunger for brainless TV are not willing to give up what they have ruthlessly built over the years...


Hans Weingartner was born in 1970. He studied Physics and Neurosciences in Vienna and Berlin and earned a diploma as a camera assistant from the Austrian Association of Cinematography, followed by post-graduate studies at the Academy of Media Arts (KHM) in Cologne. His films include: the shorts DER DREIFACHSTECKER (1994), SPLIT BRAIN (1997), and FRANK (1999), and the features THE WHITE SOUND (2000), THE EDUKATORS (2004), RECLAIM YOUR BRAIN (2007), HUT IN THE WOODS (2011), and 303 (2018).
Genre Comedy, Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2007
Director Hans Weingartner
Screenplay Katharina Held, Hans Weingartner
Cinematography Christine A. Maier
Andreas Wodraschke
Martin Hossbach
Udo Kramer
Cast Moritz Bleibtreu, Elsa Sophie Gambard, Milan Peschel, Gregor Bloéb, Simone Hanselmann
Producers Hans Weingartner, Antonin Svoboda
Production Company Kahuuna Films/Berlin, in co-production with coop99 filmproduktion
Length 129 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Toronto 2007 (Special Presentation), San Sebastian 2007 (In Competition), Goeteborg 2008, Berlin 2008 (German Cinema), Hong Kong 2008, Istanbul 2008
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, BKM, Oesterreichisches Filminstitut, Filmfonds Wien
German Distributor STUDIOCANAL/Berlin

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