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Tangiers (Tanger)

Tangiers

At the centre of the film is Tangiers - Europe's gate to Africa, with the legendary reputation from the forties and fifties when, as an international zone, the city served as a playground for mad millionaires and famous artists, a focus for secret agents and all kinds of crooks, a Mecca for speculators and gamblers, an Eldorado for the pleasure-seeking haute volée. Tangiers - a sound that is bewitching and fantastic. The film about these "golden years" in Tangiers traces its fascination and myth through a kind of critical homage. The film consists of a mixture of interviews with well-known and unknown witnesses of those times, historical material and, of course, images from the present, filmed while on the quest for the traces of those days in the streets, cafes, hotels and bars. This is all brought together by a fictional story of a former secret diplomat who returns to the "white city" of Tangiers for the first time after four decades to trace events which have never given him peace; above all, the painful loss of his sweetheart Marie who died in 1956 in a bomb attack by the liberation movement shortly before Morocco's independence. He comes back to Tangiers, full of memories and Marie's voice in his heart.


Peter Goedel was born in Torgau in 1945 and studied Literature and Drama, Art History and Philosophy in Cologne and Munich. He worked as a dramaturg and assistant director in the theatre and as an assistant director in television from 1972. He started making films in 1974 and received a German Film Prize in 1988 for The Greenhouse (Das Treibhaus). His films also include Talent Contest (1981, documentary), Ortelsburg - Szczytno. Once upon a time in Masuria (Ortelsburg - Szczytno. Einmal in Masuren, 1990), Trip to Tunis (1993), 50 Years Cannes Film Festival (1996, documentary), Tangiers (Tanger, 1996).
Genre Culture, History
Category Docu-Fiction
Director Peter Goedel
Screenplay Alfred Hackensberger, Roberto de Hollanda
Cinematography Ulrich Jaenchen
Agape Dorstewitz
Khalil Chahine
Cast Armin Mueller-Stahl, Lisa Martino, Martin Kluge, Ulrich K. Guenther
Producers Peter Goedel, Yves Pasquier
Production Company Peter Goedel Film/Munich, in co-production with WDR, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Winkelmann Filmproduktion/Dortmund, Paladin Film/Paris
Length 102 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 French/English/Spanish/Arabic
Subtitled Versions German, English, French
Sound Technology Dolby Stereo
With backing from BMI
German Distributor Filmwelt Verleihagentur GmbH, Munich

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