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Scene from IF NOT US, WHO (photo © Markus Jans/zero one film)

Germany in the early 60s: a time of departure. Bernward Vesper, son of the Nazi-writer Will Vesper, is rebellious. During the night, he slams the angry words into his typewriter that he wants to throw in the face of the establishment. When he meets Gudrun Ensslin, it’s the beginning of an extreme affair: unconditional, excessive, beyond all thresholds of pain. Together they set off to conquer the world. But less than 10 years later, Bernward is caught up in the madness of drugs and Gudrun throws herself into the armed underground. For both of them, there is no turning back.

Andres Veiel was born in 1959 in Stuttgart and studied Psychology in Berlin. After attending seminars in Directing and Dramaturgy at the Artist House Bethanien in Berlin, he has been active writing film and theater scripts and lectures at the Free University in Berlin. His films include: A WINTERNIGHT'S DREAM ( doc, 1992), BALAGAN (doc, 1993) winner of the IFFS Main Prize and the German Film Award in Silver, THE SURVIVORS (doc, 1996) winner of the Main Prize at DOK.fest München and the Adolf Grimme Award in 1998, the highly-acclaimed BLACK BOX GERMANY (2001) which received the German Film Award for Best Documentary in 2002 and the European Film Award, DIE SPIELWÜTIGEN (2004), THE KICK (2006) which won the Grand Prix Cinema du Réel, the feature IF NOT US, WHO (2011) which screened in Competition in Berlin, and his latest documentary BEUYS (2017).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2011
Director Andres Veiel
Screenplay Andres Veiel
Cinematography Judith Kaufmann
Hansjörg Weißbrich
Annette Focks
Christian M. Goldbeck
Cast Michael Wittenborn, Lena Lauzemis, Alexander Fehling, Maria Dragus, Rainer Bock, Thomas Thieme, Susanne Lothar, August Diehl, Imogen Kogge
Producer Thomas Kufus
Production Company zero one film, in co-production with Degeto Film, WDR, SWR, Senator Film Produktion, deutschfilm/Berlin
Length 124 min
Format 35 mm, color, cs
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Berlin 2011 (In Competition), Moscow 2011, Jerusalem 2011, SANFIC Santiago de Chile 2011, Cambridge 2011, Chicago 2011, Sao Paulo 2011, Sevilla 2011, Palm Springs 2012, Sofia 2012
Awards Alfred Bauer Award Berlin 2011, German Film Award 2011 (Best Film Bronze)
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, MFG Baden-Württemberg, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, BKM, German Federal Film Board, German Federal Film Fund, Hessische Filmförderung
German Distributor Senator Film Verleih/Berlin

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