Film Info: In Berlin

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.

Michael Ballhaus was born in 1935 in Berlin and is one of the world's most well-known cinematographers. He began his career in the 1970s with Rainer Werner Fassbinder and went on to become one of Hollywood's most sought after directors of photography, having worked with the likes of Martin Scorcese, Francis Ford Coppola and Robert Redford on many of their films. A three-time Oscar®-nominee, today he works and lives in Berlin.

Ciro Cappellari was born in Buenos Aires in 1959 where he trained to be a photographer and made his first short films. In 1985, he came to Berlin to study at the German Film & Television Academy (dffb) and has worked as a screenwriter, director and cameraman since 1990. He was DoP on films by Marcel Gisler, Didi and Pepe Danquart, including the Oscar®-winning BLACK RIDER (SCHWARZFAHRER, 1993). He has directed AMOR AMERICA (documentary, 1989), HIJO DEL RIO (1991), SIN QUERER (1997), IN BERLIN (2009, together with Michael Ballhaus), and FRANCESO AND THE POPE (2011).
Genre Art
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2009
Directors Michael Ballhaus, Ciro Cappellari
Screenplay Michael Ballhaus, Ciro Cappellari
Cinematography Michael Ballhaus, Ciro Cappellari
Karl Riedl
Cast Danielle di Picciotto, Alexander Hacke, Nele Winkler, Angela Winkler, Maybrit Illner, Dimitri Hegemann, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Christoph Schlingensief, Jeff Mills
Producers Jörg Schulze, Arndt Potdevin
Production Company cine plus Filmproduktion, in co-production with RBB, ARTE
Length 96 min
Original Version
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
German Distributor Farbfilm Verleih

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