B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West Berlin 1979-1989
Sunday, November 6, 7:30 pm
Germany, 2015, 92 min., Director: Jörg A. Hoppe, Klaus Maeck, Heiko Lange, Screenplay: Jörg A. Hoppe, Klaus Maeck, Heiko Lange, With: Mark Reeder, World Sales: Celsius Entertainment
- Heiner Carow Prize of the DEFA Foundation 2015
Music, art and chaos in the wild West-Berlin of the 1980’s: B-MOVIE is a fast-paced collage of unreleased film and TV footage, photos, and original interviews compiled by Hoppe, Maeck, and Lange and dramatized scenes of the music, art and chaos in West Berlin of the 1980s. The walled-in city, which became a cultural inter-zone and creative melting pot for avant-garde sub- and pop-culture unlike anywhere else in Europe, attracted “brilliant dilettantes,” squatters, artists, musicians, and world famous celebrities alike. This is a fast-paced collage of mostly unreleased film and TV footage from a frenzied but creative decade, starting with punk and ending with the Love Parade, in a city where the days are short and the nights are endless. Where it was not about long-term success, but about living for the moment – the here and now.
Producer and musician Mark Reeder, who narrates the film, left Manchester, England for Berlin in 1979 and soon found himself at the center of this dynamic cultural hub, meeting and often working with legendary bands and artists. – excerpts courtesy German Currents LA 2015
Including interviews and archival footage from Joy Division, Blixa Bargeld (Einstürzende Neubauten), Die Toten Hosen, Nick Cave, Gudrun Gut, Die Ärzte, Nena, Christiane F. and Westbam, B-Movie offers an intimate portrait of the constantly changing cultural constellations of the city, from the Geniale Dilletanten, to the Love Parade, and ending with the fall of the Berlin Wall.
“If you think Berlin is sexy now, you should have been there in the 80s.“ – Deutsche Welle