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B-MOVIE: Lust & Sound in West-Berlin

Jörg A. Hoppe, Klaus Maeck, Heiko Lange
Germany 2015 / 92’

West Berlin was a colorful island of freedom not only when juxtaposed against the dreary GDR. Surrounded by the Wall, the city attracted artists, hedonists, and squatters because the nightlife there continued long after night had ended, drugs were cheap, and vacant apartments were there for the taking. This film collage assembled from fragments of private recordings, television news clips, and music videos shows Berlin's music and party scene in the 1980s. Our guide is Mark Reeder, a musician from Manchester who, fascinated by Berlin's electronic music scene, settled in the city in 1979 and became a local legend. He held a variety of jobs over the years, including as a bouncer, a waiter, a musician, a manager, an actor, and as a reporter for British television. The recordings from his personal archive include, among others: Blixy Bargeld at the Risiko bar, a young Nick Cave collecting German Goth, and Christiane F cavorting somewhere that is definitely not Berlin Zoo station. In the background, we are treated to a powerful dose of music, from punk to techno, from David Bowie to Westbam. We also see the very first Love Parade, which was attended by barely a hundred people. The Wall fell just a few months later, and West Berlin vanished into the history books.

Ewa Szabłowska

awards

Berlinale 2015 – Heiner Carow Prize

Jörg A. Hoppe

He is a journalist, music manager, publisher, and cinephile. He has also worked as a television producer, director, and producer of programs about alternative music for Tele 5 and MTV. He created the VIVA and VH-1 programs.

Filmography

1983 Die Wahrheit über Extrabreit

2012 Alles für die Kunst! - Die Fernseh-Masterclass (tv series doc.)

2015 B-MOVIE: Namiętność i dźwięk w Berlinie Zachodnim / B-MOVIE: Lust & Sound in West-Berlin

Klaus Maeck

A director, producer, and music publisher born in Hamburg. In the 1980s, he ran the first punk record store in Hamburg, which is also when he began shooting his first films with a Super8 camera. He was the long-time manager of Einstürzende Neubauten and the owner of Freibank Music Publishing.

Filmography

2015 B-MOVIE: Namiętność i dźwięk w Berlinie Zachodnim / B-MOVIE: Lust & Sound in West-Berlin

Heiko Lange

After graduating from the Deutsche Sporthochschule in Cologne, he moved to Berlin, where he has been living and working as a director, writer, and producer of television programs, documentary films, and music videos.

Filmography

2012 The Noise of Cairo

2015 B-MOVIE: Namiętność i dźwięk w Berlinie Zachodnim / B-MOVIE: Lust & Sound in West-Berlin

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Cast & Crew

director Jörg A. Hoppe, Klaus Maeck, Heiko Lange
screenplay Jörg A. Hoppe, Klaus Maeck, Heiko Lange
cinematography Till Vielrose, archival footage
editing Alexander von Sturmfeder
music Mark Reeder
producer Jörg A. Hoppe, Klaus Maeck, Heiko Lange
sales DEF Media GmbH
language German, English
colouration colour & b&w