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THE RED COCKATOO (photo © 2005 X Filme Creative Pool)

In spring 1961, 20-year-old Siggi comes to Dresden to work as a scenery painter at the theater. There he falls head over heels in love with the young poet Luise, who makes him acquainted not only with the notorious dance club "Der Rote Kakadu," but also with the boisterous, impulsive Wolle, her husband. While Siggi discovers an entirely new and fascinating world in “The Red Cockatoo”, he also soon finds himself struggling with his growing feelings for Luise. The clique is thirsting for freedom and self-fulfilment and Siggi decides to master his own fate and takes a decisive step...

THE RED COCKATOO is a dramatic love story set in the spring of 1961, the year in which the Berlin Wall went up. A craving for life, rebellion, rock 'n' roll and, above all, the legendary Dresden dance club "Roter Kakadu" are the focus of this film, an authentic and passionate depiction of youthful protest in the former East Germany.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2005
Director Dominik Graf
Screenplay Guenter Schuetter, Michael Klier, Karin Astroem
Cinematography Benedict Neuenfels
Christel Suckow
Claus-Juergen Pfeiffer
Cast Max Riemelt, Klaus Manchen, Heiko Senst, Lutz Teschner, Volker Michalowski, Nadja Petri, Ingeborg Westphal, Tanja Schleiff, Ronald Zehrfeld, Jessica Schwarz
Producer Manuela Stehr
Production Company X Filme Creative Pool, in co-production with German Filmproduction GFP/Berlin, SevenPictures Film, in cooperation with SAT.1/Berlin
Runtime 128 min
Format 35 mm, color
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Berlin 2006 (Panorama), Moscow 2006, Copenhagen 2006, Hamptons 2006, Molodist Kiev 2006, Marrakech 2006 (In Competition), Cairo 2006, Porto 2007
Awards Bavarian Film Award 2005 (Best Newcomer Actor: Max Riemelt), Best Film & Best Actor Marrakech 2006
With backing from German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
German Distributor Warner Bros. Pictures

World Sales
Bavaria Media International

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