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GANGS
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This is the story of 17-year-old Flo and his gang, the Rox. A story of great romance and hard choices. When his brother, the leader of the Rox, gets into trouble, Flo has to decide between the love of his life, or his flesh and blood. It's a matter of life and death...

Far from the tourist attractions, where the capital of Berlin is dark and dangerous, is the home turf of the Rox. Always front and center in a crunch is Flo, whose cool older brother Chris is still the leader of the posse, even while he's doing time. But Flo's world gets turned upside down when he meets Sofie, his exact opposite: cosmopolitan, smart and from a good family. Despite all their differences, the two find themselves irresistibly drawn to each other, finally giving in head over heels to their feelings. But when Chris gets out of jail, things come to a head: Chris is in debt to big-time criminal Rico. In order to pay Rico back, Chris plans a heist with the Rox. But the job goes bad and Flo is forced to make a choice...


Rainer Matsutani was born in 1964 in Hockenheim. He worked as a freelance film critic from 1984-1987, receiving a scholarship for the Berlin Script Workshop in 1987. He then attended the University of Television & Film in Munich. In 1989, he founded the production company Engram Pictures, writing and shooting various commercials and shorts, including the cult thriller KLINIK DES GRAUENS (1992). For his debut feature OVER MY DEAD BODY (1995) he won the Bavarian Film Prize. His other films include: GEISTERSTUNDE - FAHRSTUHL INS JENSEIT (TV, 1997), 666 - TRAUE KEINEM, MIT DEM DU SCHLÄFST! (2002), DIE STIMMEN (TV, 2003), DAMALS WARST DU STILL (TV, 2005), DAS INFERNO - FLAMMEN ÜBER BERLIN (TV, 2007), GANGS (2009), and ROOM 205 (2011).
Category Feature
Year of Production 2009
Director Rainer Matsutani
Screenplay Peer Klehmet, Sebastian Wehlings
Cinematography Clemens Messow
Marco Pav D'Auria
Wolfram de Marco
Carola Gauster
Cast Jannis Niewöhner, Michael Keseroglu, Christian Bluemel, Michael-Kai Mueller, Sina Tkotsch, Marie-Lou Sellem, Emilia Schüle, Wilson Gonzalez Ochsenknecht, Jimi Blue Ochsenknecht, Aaron Le
Producers Andreas Ulmke-Smeaton, Ewa Karlström
Production Company SamFilm
Length 90 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Zlin 2010
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Fund
German Distributor Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Germany/Munich

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