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(Fuer den unbekannten Hund)

Scene from “Fuer den unbekannten Hund” (photo courtesy of Eye!Warning Film)

Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 01/2006

Twins Benjamin and Dominik Reding are back to rattle some more cages! After their no-punches-pulled drama of skinhead and right-wing violence, Oi!Warning (1999), achieved rave reviews, excellent audience figures and numerous plaudits including recognition by the Directors Guild of America, they are again tackling the theme of violence and social displacement among young people in Germany.

This time, in Fuer den unbekannten Hund (translation: “For the Unknown Dog”), they tell the story of 20-year-old Bastian, who beats a tramp to death. The crime goes undiscovered and unpunished. But blackmail rears its head and Bastian is forced to flee. A stonemason, he joins other young people on that unique German institution, the Wanderschaft, whereby newly qualified apprentices tour the country for three years. What he undergoes on his journey drives deep cracks into his emotions until the murder, which he has fought to suppress, becomes a turning point.

“Similar events occur quite often,” says Benjamin Reding. “We wanted to make this film because nobody else was tackling the theme. What standards and ethics, if any, bind us together in a society? What laws do we live by? Everyone says young people are becoming more brutal, but why? And what are their prospects?”

For the raw and intense emotion of the subject material, the Redings deliberately chose non-actors. That is not to say their cast lacks professionalism but, as Benjamin explains, “I wanted to surprise myself and the audience with the intensity that comes off the screen. I cast hip-hoppers, rappers, dancers and streetkids from the scene. They’re special, genuine talents. The most important word is powerful. I didn’t want professional acting but people who can project power and throw it onto the screen!”

Currently situated in the Berlin district of Neukoelln, the brothers’ company, Eye!Warning Filmproduktion, is another example of small but grittily determined German filmmakers that punch above their weight. In addition to a number of shorts, the Redings have also contributed to the famous Tatort police stories.

Benjamin was a stage actor before moving into the film business while Dominik started off in architecture before switching to film studies in Hamburg. They founded their first production company, Schlammtaucher-Film, in 1993. In 2001 it was renamed Eye!Warning when they moved their activities to Berlin.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2006
Directors Dominik Reding, Benjamin Reding
Screenplay Dominik Reding, Benjamin Reding
Cinematography Axel Henschel
Margot Neubert-Maric
Dominik Reding, Benjamin Reding
Cast Lukas Steltner, Sascha Reimann, Zarah Loewenthal, Katharina Lorenz
Producers Benjamin Reding, Dominik Reding
Production Company Eye!Warning Filmproduktion/Berlin
Format 35 mm, color
Shooting Dates Wuppertal, Dortmund, Hagen, Essen, Saalfeld, Wismar, October - December 2005
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Viareggio 2008
With backing from German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, MOIN Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, MFG Baden-Württemberg, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
German Distributor Rekord-Film/Berlin

Eye!Warning Filmproduktion GbR
Benjamin Reding, Dominik Reding
Sonnenallee 7
12047 Berlin/Germany
phone +49-30-69 00 11 08
fax +49-30-69 00 13 35