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Ausnahmezustand, Der - Berlin, 17. Juni '53

Ausnahmezustand, Der - Berlin, 17. Juni '53
Ariane Krampe, Nico Hofmann

Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 04/2002

Running through Berlin is the boulevard known as “Strasse des 17. Juni”, dedicated to those who lost their lives when, on that day in 1953, Soviet tanks brutally and bloodily crushed a popular uprising against the communist government.

What started as a series of protests against continually raised work quotas, simultaneous reductions in rations and falling standards of living, quickly escalated into a call for free, fair and secret elections, the release of political prisoners and, finally, the resignation of the government itself. A state of emergency was declared and the military given orders to shoot to kill.

Set against this historical background, Peter Keglevic’s film tells the story of two brothers, the Kaminskis; one of whom lives in the western zone of the city, the other in the east.

Juergen is a freelance journalist living in West Berlin, his brother Wolfgang a loyal member of the SED (the ruling party in the eastern zone) and a senior government official.

Waiting to receive secret information from an eastern contact, Ruediger Krohn, Juergen instead witnesses his kidnapping and forced removal to the eastern zone. Krohn’s information: a list of names to be placed under “special observation” should a state of emergency be declared. Fatally, it contains those of his brother, Wolfgang, and father, Otto.

Founded in 1998 by Nico Hofmann, Ariane Krampe and Wolf Bauer, teamWorx has established itself among Germany’s leading film and television production companies. Among the company’s award-winning productions are The Tunnel (Der Tunnel), which won the 2001 German Television Award for Best Film, Ende der Saison which took four Adolf Grimme Awards and Dance with the Devil which also gained four Adolf Grimme Awards. Forthcoming productions include a re-telling of the zeppelin disaster story, Die Hindenburg, to be filmed by Roland Suso Richter, director of The Tunnel

Genre History, Drama
Category TV Movie
Year of Production 2002
Director Peter Keglevic
Screenplay Holger Karsten Schmidt
Cinematography Hans-Guenther Buecking
Moune Barius
Cast Hans-Werner Meyer, Sebastian Koch, Matthias Habich, Christoph Waltz
Producers Nico Hofmann, Ariane Krampe
Production Company teamWorx/Berlin
Format Super 16, color
Shooting Dates Berlin and surroundings, October-November 2002
With backing from Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW

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