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THE RED COCKATOO (photo © 2005 X Filme Creative Pool)

In spring 1961, 20-year-old Siggi comes to Dresden to work as a scenery painter at the theater. There he falls head over heels in love with the young poet Luise, who makes him acquainted not only with the notorious dance club "Der Rote Kakadu," but also with the boisterous, impulsive Wolle, her husband. While Siggi discovers an entirely new and fascinating world in “The Red Cockatoo”, he also soon finds himself struggling with his growing feelings for Luise. The clique is thirsting for freedom and self-fulfilment and Siggi decides to master his own fate and takes a decisive step...

THE RED COCKATOO is a dramatic love story set in the spring of 1961, the year in which the Berlin Wall went up. A craving for life, rebellion, rock 'n' roll and, above all, the legendary Dresden dance club "Roter Kakadu" are the focus of this film, an authentic and passionate depiction of youthful protest in the former East Germany.

Dominik Graf was born in 1952 in Munich. After studying German and Musical Sciences, he studied at the University of Television & Film in Munich in 1974. He received the Bavarian Film Award for his graduation film DER KOSTBARE GAST (1979). He has played a decisive role in developing the profile of the TV series DER FAHNDER and has alternated regularly between film and TV productions. In 1988, he received a German Film Award for his thriller DIE KATZE (1987). His film SPIELER (1990) was shown at Venice in 1990 and he is a regular to the Berlinale where the premieres of his successful feature films A MAP OF THE HEART (2001), THE RED COCKATOO (2005), DREILEBEN – DON’T FOLLOW ME AROUND (2011) took place. His other films include: TIGER, LÖWE, PANTHER (1988), THE INVINCIBLES (1994), FRAU BU LACHT (TV, 1995), MUNICH –SECRETS OF A CITY (doc, 2000), HOTTE IM PARADIES (TV, 2002), EINE STADT WIRD ERPRESST (2006), DER WEG, DEN WIR NICHT ZUSAMMEN GEHEN (2008), IN THE FACE OF CRIME (2010) and BELOVED SISTERS (2014).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2005
Director Dominik Graf
Screenplay Guenter Schuetter, Michael Klier, Karin Astroem
Cinematography Benedict Neuenfels
Christel Suckow
Claus-Juergen Pfeiffer
Cast Max Riemelt, Klaus Manchen, Heiko Senst, Lutz Teschner, Volker Michalowski, Nadja Petri, Ingeborg Westphal, Tanja Schleiff, Ronald Zehrfeld, Jessica Schwarz
Producer Manuela Stehr
Production Company X Filme Creative Pool, in co-production with German Filmproduction GFP/Berlin, SevenPictures Film, in cooperation with SAT.1/Berlin
Length 128 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Berlin 2006 (Panorama), Moscow 2006, Copenhagen 2006, Hamptons 2006, Molodist Kiev 2006, Marrakech 2006 (In Competition), Cairo 2006, Porto 2007
Awards Bavarian Film Award 2005 (Best Newcomer Actor: Max Riemelt), Best Film & Best Actor Marrakech 2006
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
German Distributor Warner Bros. Pictures

World Sales
Bavaria Media International

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