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(Maison de France)

Scene from "Maison de France" (photo © WSR 2003)

In 1983, a bomb explodes in West Berlin’s Maison de France. Among the dead is racing cyclist Michael Haritz who, with his peace group, is about to hand in a petition to the French Consulate-General. He was an accidental victim of a private war that his murderer, Johannes Weinrich, is waging against France in the name of the terrorist Carlos for a beautiful woman.

Maison de France is a film against forgetting the countless victims of terrorism, whose photos often vanish from the newspapers and our memory just days later. Two completely opposite lives are reconstructed in a double portrait. They lead, from the killer’s and victim’s perspective, to the Maison de France, where they finally cross with fatal results: Johannes Weinrich, 1968 still a figure in the Frankfurt students’ movement, chooses the most radical and bloodiest path of all the German terrorists. Michael Haritz, in contrast, finds new meaning in life in the peace movement after a sporting career. He decides on peaceful protest and in so doing loses his life.

Stefan Suchalla was born in 1968 in Berlin. From 1988 to 1992 he studied General and Comparative Literature in Vienna and Berlin. He also works as a sports reporter for the Berlin radio station Inforadio 101. From 1992 to 1994, he studied at the Berlin School of Journalism, followed by several years employment as an editor on the television show Spiegel TV Magazin in Hamburg. He has worked on over 70 reports on RTL, SAT.1 and VOX for various Spiegel-TV formats. He then took up studies at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in Ludwigsburg, specializing in documentaries. His first 90-minute documentary was Blut und Ehre (2001). Suchalla lives and works as a filmmaker and journalist in Berlin.
Genre History
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2003
Director Stefan Suchalla
Screenplay Stefan Suchalla
Cast Sophie von Behr, Ute Breuer, Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Isabelle Coutant Peyre, Andreas Genten, Guenter Haritz, Hannelore Haritz, Lilith Hermannussen, Magdalena Kopp, Barbara Koester, Detlev Mehlils, Paul Ruhnau, Oliver Schroem, Til Schulz
Producer Ernst Ludwig Ganzert
Production Company EIKON Media/Berlin
Length 89 min
Original Version
Subtitled Version French
Festivals FIPA Biarritz 2005
With backing from MFG Baden-Württemberg

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