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Sat, 10/14/2023

1:15 PM

Goethe-Institut LA Project Space


This film is presented as a free in-person screening on Saturday, October 14th @ 1:15 PM at the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles.

Discussion with Filmmaker David Wnendt will follow the screening.

Admission is free with RSVP below. Capacity is limited. 
RSVP holders will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Light refreshments provided

FREE TICKETS - SONNE UND BETON Germany (2023) 107 min. Digital.  German/English with English Subtitles
Director: David Wnendt, Screenplay: David Wnendt, Felix Lobrecht, 
Cinematography: Jieun Yi, Music: Enis Rotthoff, Konstantin Scherer,

Cast: Levy Rico Arcos, Vincent Wiemer, Rafael Luis Klein-Heßling, Aaron Maldonado-Morales, Luvre47, Wael Alkhatib, Lucio101, Jörg Hartmann, Derman Eker, Leon Ullrich, Producers: Franziska Suppee, Fabian Gasmia, David Wnendt, Production Company: Seven Elephants GmbH.

It is a record-breaking hot summer in Berlin. For German teens Lukas (Arcos), Gino (Klein-Heßling), and Julius (Wiemer), life in the sprawling Gropiusstadt housing complex in Berlin’s Neukölln district is rough, to say the least. The parks stink, are overrun with drug dealers, and broken bottles are everywhere. Here, you’re either a gangster or a victim. With stress at home, no cash, and no luck with girls, the three friends are certainly no gangsters. While ditching school one day to buy weed, the boys are caught between two rival dealer-gangs who leave Lukas severely beaten and demand the boys pay 500 Euros as protection money. With no way to come up with the cash, Lukas’ new classmate Sanchez (Maldonado-Morales) proposes a heist: break into the school, steal the brand-new computers, and re-sell them. Problem solved…almost. 
A German box office smash-hit, Wnendt’s (Combat Girls, Wetlands) adaptation of German stand-up comedian and best-selling author Felix Lobrecht’s novel SONNE UND BETON is a raw, often violent, and street-slang-filled portrait of friendship on the rough streets of the city – this too, is Berlin!

German Film Awards 2023: (Nominated) – Best Feature, Editing, Sound, Screenplay
Festival des deutschen Films 2023: Best Film
Bavarian Film Awards 2023: Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay
Goldener Spatz 2023: Audience Award – Best Youth Film

GC2023-David-Wnendt_c_Peter-Hartwig David Wnendt was born in Gelsenkirchen, Germany and grew up in Islamabad, Miami, Brussels, Prague and Meckenheim. He studied at FAMU in Prague and at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf. In 2011, his graduation feature COMBAT GIRLS won prizes including Best Screenplay at the German Film Awards. His film adaptions of the bestsellers WETLANDS and LOOK WHO’S BACK were big hits; his international production THE SUNLIT NIGHT screened at Sundance in 2019. In 2018, he co-founded the Seven Elephants production company which produced UND MORGEN DIE GANZE WELT (2020) and SONNE UND BETON (2023). David Wnendt is a Villa Aurora Fellow (2012).

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The German Currents Film Festival is produced by the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles and the American Cinematheque in kind cooperation with the German Consulate General, and with the support of The Friends of GoetheThe Hollywood Foreign Press AssociationELMA, and the German Film Office

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