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Place In Berlin, A (Konzert im Freien)

Place In Berlin, A

Like a fossil, the "Marx-Engels-Forum," a large, ambitious monument project from the former German Democratic Republic (GDR), adorns a central and historical spot in the middle of Berlin. Juergen Boettcher's experimental documentary incorporates his own footage from 1981-1986 about the creation of this monument into new material, shot exclusively on location at the Marx-Engels-Forum. A vast collage with numerous levels: documentary shots of the artists involved at the time, and above all, intense observations of today's visitors to this square's anachronistic monument ensemble. Groups, families, couples, tourists from around the world all have their pictures taken in front of the stiff, stoic figures of Marx and Engels.

Percussionist Guenther "Baby" Sommer and saxophonist Dietmar Diesner are the musical guides through the film, giving it structure, propelling the different kinds of material - partly brittle, strange and even grotesque - to dance. A confrontation with history and art in Berlin's new center.
Genre History
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2001
Director Juergen Boettcher
Screenplay Juergen Boettcher
Cinematography Thomas Plenert, L. Lenski, L. Boettcher, G. Becher
Gudrun Steinbrueck-Plenert
Günther "Baby" Sommer, Dietmar Diesner
Cast Günther "Baby" Sommer, Dietmar Diesner
Producers Katrin Schlösser, Frank Loeprich
Production Company öFilm/Berlin, in co-production with WDR
Runtime 88 min
Format DigiBeta PAL
Subtitled Versions English, French
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Berlin 2001 (Forum), Nyon 2001, Vienna 2002
With backing from Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, BKM
German Distributor Basis-Film Verleih/Berlin

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