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B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West Berlin 1979-1989

(c) DEF Media GmbH
(c) DEF Media GmbH
Closing Night:
Sunday, November 6, 7:30 pm

Closing night reception takes place before the screening. Introduction by professor, DJ and visual artist Adrian Loving.

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

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LtR: Jörg A. Hoppe, Mark Reeder and Klaus Maeck (c) Brigitte Dumme

Klaus Maeck
(b. 1954, Hamburg) started out in the entertainment industry, publishing and distributing independent German music worldwide and managing bands such as Einstürzende Neubauten. In 2003, he co-founded corazón International with director Fatih Akin, and produced his next five award-winning films as well as those of other directors. In 2013, he founded his new film production company, Interzone Pictures.

Jörg A. Hoppe (b. 1952, Meyenburg) began working in the music industry in the 1970’s and set up his own label in West Berlin after arriving in 1983. After working as a moderator for various music broadcasters, he cofounded MME Film & TV with Christoph Post, concentrating on music shows and events. Hoppe was the initiator and founding shareholder of the music broadcaster VIVA. In 1996 he won the Golden Apple Award for the documentary Straight to You about Nick Cave.

Heiko Lange (b. 1976) has worked as a director, writer and producer for TV shows, TV documentaries and music videos. In 2011, he founded the Scenes From production company. His documentary The Noise of Cairo (2011) won awards at international festivals.