Director: Martin Persiel, colour, 99 Min., 2011-12
We are happy to invite you to the next installment of the ArtHouse Cinema program on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. This time we will screen the film called This Ain’t California
directed by Martin Persiel
Berlin 2011: Old friends from the GDR reunite at the funeral of Denis Paraceck, a.k.a. “Panic”, and reminisce about the past: Skateboarding was their great passion; Denis would perform unbeatable daring feats on his skateboard (“roller board” was the official name in the GDR). In many small episodes, the eighties are summoned back to life, a time in which skateboarders were viewed as outsiders - cheerful, defiant and removed from the state and its economic plans. Alexanderplatz in East Berlin was the centre of it all. Here they were observed by amazed or even alienated viewers as they honed and demonstrated their skills. THIS AIN’T CALIFORNIA tells the story of an anarchistic subculture during socialism.
Arthouse Cinema is the regular film program of the Goethe-Institut. Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month we screen independent movies, avant-garde movies, retrospectives, experimental films or documentary films from Europe and Indonesia – anything but the mainstream!