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At the age of nine, German twins Bill and Tom Kaulitz decide to become famous. Aged twelve, they form a band together with Gustav Schäfer and Georg Listing that would go on to conquer the world as Tokio Hotel from 2005. They are admired, ridiculed, hated and adored … And a gigantic success: they go platinum in 60 countries, concerts are sold out and the androgynous Bill becomes a style icon. Rich and famous in their early 20s, the twins fly to Los Angeles by private jet, leaving behind thousands of devoted fans and a life behind protective walls. They want their freedom back … without knowing what the future holds. The film delves into the lives of the band, accompanying Bill and Tom through
Californian deserts and visiting Gustav and Georg in their hometown, Magdeburg. They talk about the price of success, the inseparability of twins, about love, sexuality, home and music. The band comes together in a Berlin studio to produce their new album and to prepare for their next world tour. With steely determination and a lifetime of experience already, the band follows their childhood dream: the pop fairy tale that is Tokio Hotel continues…

Oliver Schwabe was born 1966 in Hanover. After studying Photography, he studied at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne and at the New York University, Department Arts and Media. Active as a filmmaker, cameraman, scriptwriter, and producer, a selection of his films as a director include: EGOSHOOTER (2004), ZARTE PARASITEN (2009), and THE BROTHER (2016) in co-direction with Christian Becker, and his latest documentary TOKIO HOTEL – BEHIND THE WORLD (2017).
Genre Biopic, Culture, Music
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2017
Director Oliver Schwabe
Cinematography Benjamin Wistorf
Producer Birgit Schulz
Production Company Bildersturm Filmproduktion
Length 90 min
Format DCP, color, cs
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Stereo
Festivals Filmfestival Cologne 2017
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW

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