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GG 19

GG 19 consists of 19 short episodes, each one telling a story of instances where the constitutionally instituted German "Laws of Basic Human Rights" interfere, with often long-lasting impact, in the lives of its protagonists. Using a large variety of cinematic means such as comedy, drama, satire and science-fiction, GG 19 attempts to offer an entertaining and thought-provoking outlook on the German Constitution and its effectiveness or failure towards contemporary German society.

The original constitiutional text - the "Grundgesetz" abbreviated as GG on the customary paperback books issued in Germany - was instituted in 1949 by the four allied forces that had just defeated the Nazis. Unique in the history of its origins after the dark chapters of the German Nazi-Regime, the Grundgesetz was created in the ruins of World War II to obliterate any possibility of future dictatorships or any violation of human rights occuring on German soil ever again. This comprehensive commitment to Human Rights gave birth to a strong and meaningful wording of the Law. The legal wording of the Articles is as unambiguous and overreaching as hardly any other constitutional text still valid in the world.

GG 19 is a journey through Germany based on the first 19 paragraphs - The Basic Rights. The 20th paragraph of the Grundgesetz states: “He who sees his Basic Rights damaged or abandoned should arise and be given the necessary means to enunciate his grievances.” GG 19 is also an entertaining approach to democracy.

Johannes von Gwinner , born 1967, studied Social and Economic Communication at the Berlin University of the Arts. He has worked as an assistant director, attended several film workshops and has directed various commercials. For You My Sweetheart is his first short film.

Marion Kracht

Andreas Samland , born in 1974, has worked as a 3D designer for several PlayStation and PC video games in Germany and the UK. Since 1999, he has been a student at the German Film & Television Academy (dffb) in Berlin. His films include Der neue Hit (2000), Red Gourmet Pellzik (2001), Tag 26 (2002), The Dud (Der Blindgaenger, 2004), and The Date (2005).

Savas Ceviz

Suzanne von Borsody

Philipp von Werther

Johannes Harth

Marcel Ahrens

Christine Repond

Sabine Bernardi initially studied Political Science, followed by studies at the international film school in Cologne, where she graduated in 2005. Since then, she has been working as a freelance director and writer. A selection of her award-winning films includes: GRETA (short, 2004), LUDMILLA'S LOVE SONG (short, 2005), TRANSFAMILY (documentary, 2005), GG19 - KINDERSICHERUNG (short, 2006), POWERFUL PUNCH (documentary, 2009), ES HAT SICH EINE WELT ERÖFFNET (documentary, 2009), and ROMEOS (2011).

Carolin Otterbach

Kerstin Polte

Axel Bold

David Dietl studied at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin. His films include: AUF NUMMER SICHER (TV, 2007), KING OF GERMANY (2013), ELLA’S BABY (TV, 2017), RATE YOUR DATE (2018), and BERLIN BOUNCER (2019).

André F. Nebe was born in 1973. After studying Law he completed several internships at various film and television production companies. He then participated in exchange programs in Spain and Costa Rica, followed by film studies at the University of Hamburg. His films include the shorts: Morning (Morgen, 1997), Stars (Sterne, 2001), Tricky Fingers (Kunstgriff, 2002), Knockout (2003), Studying Law (documentary, 2003), Examen (2004), and Final Credits or The Hero of the Hour(Abspann oder der Held der Stunde, 2005). More information on

Ansgar Ahlers is a German director and writer, born in 1975. Active as an assistant director on numerous international productions, his films as a director include: COVERED WITH CHOCOLATE (short) which screened in competition in Berlin, WEDDING DAYDREAM (Friedrich Murnau Short Film Award), TAXI TO DAYDREAM (short, Premio TV Cultura), and his feature debut BACH IN BRAZIL.

Harald Siebler was born in 1960 in Cologne and studied Theater Studies, New German Literature, Philosophy and American Literature in Erlangen. Since then he has been active in theater, television and film as a dramaturg and director. In 1999, he founded movie members filmproduktion and developed the omnibus project GG 19.
Genre Comedy, Educational, Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2007
Directors Johannes von Gwinner, Marion Kracht, Andreas Samland, Savas Ceviz, Suzanne von Borsody, Philipp von Werther, Johannes Harth, Marcel Ahrens, Christine Repond, Sabine Bernardi, Carolin Otterbach, Kerstin Polte, Axel Bold, David Dietl, André F. Nebe, Ansgar Ahlers, Harald Siebler
Screenplay Eva Ludwig, Raimund Maessen, Harald Siebler, Catherine Ann Berger, Kathi Liers, Falko Hennig, Esther Bernstorff, Robert Hennefarth, Savas Ceviz, Bodo von Braunmuehl, Sonia Karst, Kati Faude, Silke Riemann, Jens Koester, Gerhard Winter, Jurek Werner, Jana Evita Seidel, Sabine Bernardi, Jens Baumeister, Cristina Zehrfeld, Olaf Nollmeyer, Henner Schulte-Holtey, David Dietl, Jan Neumann, Ansgar Ahlers, Bettina Klimaschewski
Cinematography Carl-Friedrich Koschnick, Marco Uggiano, Max Penzel, Bjoern Knechtel, Albrecht Silberberger, Gerd Breiter, Sebastian Meuschel, Matthias Biber, Carsten Thiele, Matthias Fleischer, Michael Leuthner, Pierre Pasler, Patrick Waldmann, Dagmar Jaeger, Felix Cramer, Henner Besuch, Dirk Morgenstern, Christopher Rowe
Oliver Kless
Producer Harald Siebler
Production Company movie members filmproduktion/Berlin, in co-production with ZDF, SWR, WDR, BR alpha/Munich
Length 140 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, BKM, Nordmedia, Kulturelle Filmfoerderung Schleswig-Holstein, Kulturelle Filmfoerderung Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Bundeszentrale fuer politische Bildung
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