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Beloved Berlin Wall (Liebe Mauer)

Beloved Berlin Wall
Scene from "Beloved Berlin Wall" (photo © Relevant Film/Steffen Junghans)

Berlin, 1989. Sascha is a young East German border guard; Franzi a lively young West German woman who's just moved into a flat next to Sascha's watchtower at the Berlin Wall. It takes only a slight mishap and a selfless act of chivalry – and the two fall in love. But soon the Stasi believes they are witnessing the start of a revolt – this is the time of mass protests and East Germans taking refuge in the West German embassy in Prague after all. Franzi and Sascha have to find their ways to stand up for their love and strive for the impossible – to bring down the wall…

Casting a perceptive look at the last days of the GDR, Beloved Berlin Wall is a lively screwball comedy set against the harsh historical facts, a tale of a love affair that becomes an act of civil courage. Written and directed by Peter Timm (Go Trabi Go, Rudy, the Racing Pig), the film stars Grimme Award-winner Felicitas Woll (Dresden), Maxim Mehmet (NVA) and Thomas Thieme (The Lives of Others) in the lead roles.

Peter Timm was born in East Germany in 1950. In 1969, he began studies at the East Berlin Drama School. In 1976, he moved to Frankfurt and started working as a writer, actor and director. In 1981, he wrote the screenplay for the award-winning Meier, which he filmed four years later. His other films include: Fifty Fifty (1988), Go, Trabi, Go (1991), Manta - der Film (1991), Pauline In Between (Ein Mann fuer jede Tonart, 1992), Simply Love (Einfach nur Liebe, 1993), Rudy, The Racing Pig (Rennschwein Rudi Ruessel, 1995), The Cleaning Ladies Island (Die Putzfraueninsel, 1996), Dumm gelaufen (1996), Ferkel Fritz (TV, 1997), Millennium Love (TV, 1998), Der Zimmerspringbrunnen (2001), Familie XXL (2002), My Brother is a Dog (Mein Bruder ist ein Hund, 2004), Rudy - The Return of the Racing Pig (Rennschwein Rudi Ruessel 2, 2006), and Beloved Berlin Wall (Liebe Mauer, 2009).
Genre Love Story, Romantic Comedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2009
Director Peter Timm
Screenplay Peter Timm
Cinematography Achim Poulheim
Barbara Hennings
Karim Sebastian Elias
Monika Bauert
Cast Margarita Broich, Karl Kranzkowski, Thomas Thieme, Anna Fischer, Maxim Mehmet, Felicitas Woll, Gisela Trowe
Producer Heike Wiehle-Timm
Co-Producers Helmut G. Weber, Thomas Springer
Production Company Relevant Film, in co-production with Tradewind Pictures/Erfurt
Length 109 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Montreal 2010, Sao Paulo 2010
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, German Federal Film Fund
German Distributor Warner Bros. Pictures

World Sales
Bavaria Media International