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What To Do In Case Of Fire? (Was tun, wenn's brennt?)

What To Do In Case Of Fire?

What To Do In Case of Fire? tells the humorous and touching story of six former creative anarchists who lived as house squatters in Berlin during its heyday in the 80s when Berlin was still an island in the middle of the former eastern Germany. At the end of the 80s they went their separate ways with the exception of Tim and Hotte, who have remained true to their ideals and continue to fight the issues they did as a group. In 2000, with Berlin as Germany's new capital, an event happens forcing the group out of existential reason to reunite and, ultimately, come to grips with the reason they separated 12 years ago.


Gregor Schnitzler was born in 1964 in Berlin. During his studies of Communication Design, he worked as a set photographer. Together with Eleni Ampelakiotou, he directed the shorts DAS FENSTER (1991) and SONNTAGE (1992) and the feature FINNLANDIA (1999). His other films include: the episodes UNTERNEHMEN FEUERTAUFE and TÖDLICHER WINDfrom the T.E.A.M. BERLIN series, GEFÄHRLICHE VATERSCHAFT from the BALKO series, and the features WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF FIRE? (WAS TUN, WENN’S BRENNT?, 2001), SOLO ALBUM (SOLOALBUM, 2003), THE CLOUD (DIE WOLKE, 2006), RESTURLAUB (2011), and GAMING INSTINCT (SPIELTRIEB, 2013), as well as over 65 music videos and commercials.
Genre Adventure, Comedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2001
Director Gregor Schnitzler
Screenplay Stefan Daehnert, Anne Wild
Cinematography Andreas Berger
Hansjörg Weißbrich
Stephan Zacharias
Albrecht Conrad
Cast Sebastian Blomberg, Til Schweiger, Klaus Loewitsch, Nadja Uhl, Martin Feifel, Doris Schretzmayer, Matthias Matschke
Producers Thomas Wöbke, Jakob Claussen, Andrea Willson
Production Company Deutsche Columbia Pictures Filmproduktion , in co-production with Claussen+Putz Filmproduktion
Length 100 min
Format color, 35 mm
Original Version
 German
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Sound Technology Dolby SR, Dolby SRD
Sound Technology Dolby SR, Dolby SRD, Dolby
Festivals Luenen 2001, Ophuels Festival Saarbruecken 2002
Awards Audience Award & Award for Best Title Luenen 2001
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, MFG Baden-Württemberg, Filmfoerderung Berlin-Brandenburg, Assosciation éQuinoxe
German Distributor Columbia TriStar Film/Berlin

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