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Never Mind the Wall (Wie Feuer und Flamme)

Never Mind the Wall

Berlin 1982. Seventeen-year-old Nele was born and raised in West Berlin, with the ever-present Wall. The other side looked grey and empty until the day when she first crossed through the Iron Curtain and met the young Punk, Captain. A fleeting moment, an exchange of glances - for Nele it’s love at first sight. Captain is an East Berliner, a man from another world, yet when this girl from the West meets the rebel from the East, they both know this is it. But the divided city has no place for the young lovers, who find themselves united against the world on both sides. Captain’s father can’t accept her, his gang doesn’t trust her, and Nele’s best friend is jealous of their love. But the real danger comes from the Secret Police, who see Captain and his gang as a subversive element. After a raid, Nele is expelled from East Germany, with no hope of ever seeing Captain again. But when she learns of his arrest, she desperately seeks a way to slip back into the East and rescue her lover.

A film from the makers of Run, Lola Run, with a script by Natja Brunckhorst - famous for her real-life role in the film We Children from Bahnhof Zoo, sensitively brought to the screen by Connie Walther and starring talented newcomers Anna Bertheau und Antonio Wannek.
Genre Drama, Love Story / Romance
Category Feature
Year of Production 2001
Director Connie Walther
Screenplay Natja Brunckhorst
Cinematography Peter Nix
Ewa J. Lind
Rainer Oleak
Gabriele Wolff
Cast Antonio Wannek, Luise Helm, Anna Bertheau, Tim Sander, Aaron Hildebrand, Carmen Birk, Michael Krabbe
Producers Stefan Arndt, Maria Koepf
Production Company X Filme Creative Pool, in co-production with ZDF
Runtime 99 min
Format 35 mm, color
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Pusan 2001, Berlin 2002 (German Cinema), Gothenburg 2002, Viareggio 2002
With backing from German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, BKM
German Distributor X Verleih

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