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Scene from KÜMMEL GOES EAST (photo © maxim film)

KÜMMEL GOES EAST – living five years for a shopping center. Five years with its developers and local residents. Five years between Germany and Poland. Five years until the dawn of the NEW WORLD.

Hermann Kümmel building a school house in Nicaragua. That was in the ‘80s. Today the native Hessian is working in Rzeszów, east Poland. He’s building the NEW WORLD shopping center. At Kümmel’s side stands Polish manager Viola Wojnowski, who negotiates with trade partners and financiers. But she doesn’t want to continue living in Poland – she’s having her dream house built in the German capital. Investor and art collector Dr. Erich Marx works in the background. The shopping center project is controversial amongst inhabitants of the local prefab estate where it is to be built. But contracts have been finalized and construction vehicles are rolling in.

Director Paul Hadwiger and his team followed the creation of the shopping center over five years. He encounters developers and inhabitants, pursues their stories. Despite their differences, all concerned are united by one question – that of how one wishes to live.
Genre Society
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2011
Director Paul Hadwiger
Screenplay Paul Hadwiger, Doreen Rechin
Cinematography Anne Misselwitz
Producer Peter Roloff
Production Company maxim film/Bremen & Berlin
Runtime 92 min
Format HD, color, 16:9
Subtitled Versions English, Polish
Festivals Max Ophüls Festival Saarbrücken 2011, achtung berlin 2011 (In Competition)
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, BKM, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Filmbüro Bremen
German Distributor Basis-Film Verleih/Berlin

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