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In Berlin

In Berlin
Scene from "In Berlin" (photo © Cine Plus)

Cinematographer Michael Ballhaus, who transposed the visions of Fassbinder and Scorsese into unforgettable images, returned to Berlin from Hollywood – and didn't recognize his native city. Together with colleague Ciro Cappellari, he rediscovers his hometown, 20 years after the fall of the Wall. The result is a lyrical film essay about the city and the people whose skills, talent and ambition make it such a unique place: less hectic and glamorous than Paris or London, but possibly more stimulating. Among the "Berliners" they portray are Alex Hacke, bass player of the Einstuerzende Neubauten, and his partner Danielle di Picciotto, a performance artist and co-founder of the Love Parade... actresses Angela Winkler and her daughter Nele, who has Down syndrome, yet pursues her career on various Berlin stages... author Peter Schneider, Berlin's mayor Klaus Wowereit, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, a Turkish shop owner, a DJ, fashion designers, a rapper, artists, architects..... a colorful array of personalities who are realizing their dreams in Berlin and reinventing the city in the process.
Genre Art
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2009
Directors Ciro Cappellari, Michael Ballhaus
Screenplay Ciro Cappellari, Michael Ballhaus
Cinematography Ciro Cappellari, Michael Ballhaus
Karl Riedl
Cast Danielle di Picciotto, Christoph Schlingensief, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Dimitri Hegemann, Maybrit Illner, Angela Winkler, Nele Winkler, Alexander Hacke, Jeff Mills
Producers Arndt Potdevin, Jörg Schulze
Production Company cine plus Filmproduktion, in co-production with RBB, ARTE
Runtime 96 min
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Berlin 2009 (Berlinale Special), Istanbul 2009, Shanghai 2009, Cambridge 2009, Planete Doc Review Warsaw 2010
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds
German Distributor Farbfilm Verleih

World Sales
Bavaria Media International

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