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KLEINRUPPIN FOREVER (photo © Akkord Film)

Sometimes a misfortune is the best thing that can happen to you.

What's the worst thing that could happen to a West-German teen in the mid 80s? How about getting stuck in gray, Communist East Germany! We're back in the days when Germany still came in two sizes and school kids from the West went on field trips to the East to study their pitiable cousins. Ditto for golden boy Tim, who runs into Ronny, the twin he never knew he had, in the backwater town of Kleinruppin. In a classic "separated-at-birth" case, Tim got the ace and Ronny pulled the joker. But now it's Ronny's turn to call the shots. A couple of hours later, Tim is recovering from a blow to the head from his dear brother and taking his first steps in a world of creepy officials, weird clothes and mind-numbingly boring jobs. Thank God for Jana, gorgeous beyond words, who makes the "wrong" place start feeling right. As Tim falls in love with Jana, makes great new pals and finds a family warmth he missed at home, it looks like there may be worse things in life than to be stuck in Kleinruppin forever...

Genre Comedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2004
Director Carsten Fiebeler
Screenplay Alexander Kuehne, Peer Klehmet, Sebastian Wehlings
Cinematography Bernhard Jasper
Antje Zynga
Masha Qrella, Norman Nitzsche
Bjoern Nowak
Cast Anna Brüggemann, Tobias Schenke, Uwe Kockisch, Michael Gwisdek
Producer Dirk Beinhold
Production Company Akkord Film/Berlin, in co-production with SevenPictures Film
Runtime 103 min
Format 35 mm, color
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Siena 2004, Sao Paulo 2004 (New Filmmakers' Competition), Houston 2005
Awards Special Jury Award Siena 2004
With backing from German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, Nordmedia

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