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(24 Stunden Schlesisches Tor)

Scene from “24 Stunden Schlesisches Tor” (photo © dffb)

Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 04/2008

Schlesisches Tor in the Berlin district of Kreuzberg is one of the most lively places in the city. The area is full of shops, snack bars, restaurants and clubs. It is also home to the above-ground subway station of the same name, which is the last stop line U1 makes in Kreuzberg before it crosses the Oberbaumbruecke into the eastern part of the city. Just behind the bridge used to be the Wall.

Directors Eva Lia Reinegger and Anna de Paoli, both students at the dffb, acknowledge Louis Malle’s 1972 Place de la République as their template, but instead of ten days talking to and observing the people of Paris, they’re doing 24 hours Schlesisches Tor!

“We’re taking the rhythm of the place,” Reinegger explains, “Its breath, the subway, the cars, pedestrians. We’re participating in its daily routine, acknowledging its atmosphere, how its tempo changes from morning hectic to afternoon sleepiness. Then comes the evening rush hour and then the night, which belongs to partygoers, clubbers and, finally, people making their way home.”

“We spoke to passers-by, and asked them about themselves,” de Paoli explains. “They paused for thought for a moment, and then told us about their lives, their work, their children, the people and things they love. It was astonishing and touching to experience such a variety of personalities. These interviews became the film’s backbone. We are trying, in this way, to create a document of time that explains something about life in the year 2007.”

To turn the location itself, Schlesisches Tor, and the people into the main protagonists, Reinegger and de Paoli used Mini DV video, the format’s flexibility and the small size of the camera allowing them to react spontaneously, interviewing passers-by as they go.

24 Stunden Schlesisches Tor is a slice of Berlin life, a snapshot of the many people who make this city the exciting and dynamic metropolis it is.

Genre Culture, Society
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2008
Directors Eva Lia Reinegger, Anna de Paoli
Screenplay Eva Lia Reinegger
Cinematography Jenny Lou Ziegel, Luciano Cervio
Karin Nowarra
Producer Hartmut Bitomsky
Production Company Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB)
Format color
 German, English
Shooting Dates Berlin, July 2007
Sound Technology Dolby SR
German Distributor Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB)

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