Film Info: alaska.de

alaska.de

alaska.de
Janna Pallaske, Frank Droese

When 16-year-old Sabine can no longer get along with her mother's boyfriend, she is sent to live with her father in an East Berlin suburb. Feeling completely isolated and alone, she finally befriends Eddie, a boy of her own age, and his best friend Micha.

Micha, who is two years older, is unemployed and in trouble with the police. A party at his house turns into a nightmare when he, Eddie and their friend Stefan get into a vicious fight with another boy. Eddie stabs the boy to death. Sabine finds the bleeding corpse and sees Micha running away with a knife in his hands. The boys are terrified at what they've done and threaten Sabine to keep silent. When Micha decides to take matters into his own hands, things only get worse...

alaska.de isn't an ordinary crime story depicting the brutality of suburban youth. It is an acute portrayal of German kids struggling with contemporary urban life. The idea for the film was born when the director met with members of two gangs while producing a music video about violence in German schools. All the young actors in the film are amateurs. The director and the 13 participating kids met over several weekends and an intensive week-long training session to prepare for the film. During the improvisation exercises of these workshops, the film's narrative was honed to correspond with the real-life experiences of the kids.


Esther Gronenborn studied at the University of Television & Film in Munich, specializing in documentaries and shorts. Her films include: I Wonder in Pornoland (short, 1990), The Road to Happiness (Die Strasse zum Glueck, 1995), Sie schaemen sich ihrer Traenen nicht, Morgengrauen (1992), alaska.de (2000) - winner of the German Film Award in Gold, Adil geht (2005), Berlin Stories (Stadt als Beute, 2005), and Kaifeck Murder (Hinter Kaifeck, 2008), as well as numerous music videos.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2000
Director Esther Gronenborn
Screenplay Esther Gronenborn
Cinematography Jan Fehse
Christian Lonk
moser.meyer
Cast Andrusch Jung, Willi Benner, Nele Steffen, Toni Blume, Frank Droese, Jana Pallaske, Danny Fripan
Producers Dietmar Güntsche, Eberhard Junkersdorf
Production Company Bioskop Film/Munich, in co-production with Studio Babelsberg Motion Pictures/Potsdam, Shorts Productions, Berlin, Starhaus Filmproduktion/Munich, in cooperation with ORB/Potsdam
Length 89 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, French, Italian, Spanish
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals San Sebastian 2000 (in competition), Toronto (2000), Gothenburg 2001, Berlin 2001 (New German Films)
Awards German Film Awards 2001 for Best Direction & Best Editng, Best Film Score (ex aequo) from the Society of German Film Critics 2002
With backing from MFG Baden-Württemberg
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