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Berlin '36

Berlin '36
Scene from "Berlin '36" (photo © Gemini Film GmbH/Thomas Kost)

1936. The United States threatens to boycott the Berlin Olympics if there are no Jews in the German team. Still aiming to mislead the world about their true ambitions, the Nazis are forced to admit some Jewish athletes. Among them the leading female high jumper of the time - Gretel Bergmann. Although Gretel, who has emigrated to England and become the current UK champion, has no desire to return, the Nazis force Gretel back by threatening her family in Germany. With seemingly no other German female high jumper around who could challenge Gretel, the unknown Marie Ketteler is suddenly introduced as a member of the team. Marginalized by the rest of the team, the two rivals forge a tenuous friendship, with Marie carrying a secret that puts their friendship and a hidden Nazi agenda to the test… Based on a true story.


Kaspar Heidelbach was born in 1954 in Tettnang on Lake Constance. After studies in Art History and Theater & Film Sciences, he was a director\'s assistant for numerous television series. In 1984 he had his directing debut with the series Ein Fall fuer Zwei. His other work includes: numerous episodes of the crime series Eurocops, Tatort, Die Kommissarin, and the TV two-parter Das Wunder von Lengede which won an Adolf Grimme Award, Golden Camera, and Bavarian Television Award in 2004, and Berlin \'36 (2009).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2009
Director Kaspar Heidelbach
Screenplay Lothar Kurzawa
Cinematography Achim Poulheim
Hedy Altschiller
Arno Steffen
Goetz Weidner
Cast Robert Gallinowski, Marita Breuer, Maria Happel, Thomas Thieme, August Zirner, Axel Prahl, Sebastian Urzendowsky, Karoline Herfurth
Producers Gerhard Schmidt, Tim Rostock
Co-Producers Jörn Klamroth, Doris J. Heinze
Production Company Gemini Film/Cologne, in co-production with NDR/Hamburg, Degeto Film
Length 100 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Palm Springs 2010, Festroia 2010, Shanghai 2010
With backing from Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, German Federal Film Fund, Nordmedia, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW
German Distributor X Verleih

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