Achterbahn

Achterbahn

Deutschland 2008/2009, Dokumentarfilm

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Norbert Witte once had a dream to turn Spreepark in the Berlin district of Treptow-Köpenick into the largest amusement park in Germany. Instead, this fun fair fief ended up bankrupting the park. In 2002, he moved to Peru with his family and a large part of the fairground rides, leaving behind a pile of scrap metal and a mountain of debt for the city of Berlin.

But the big break he had been hoping for in Peru never materialises. After taking up with the Peruvian mafia, Witte returns to Berlin. However, their drug trafficking scam is discovered and Witte′s son Marcel is apprehended in Peru. Witte is arrested in Berlin and begins a lenient sentence at an open prison. Meanwhile in Peru his son Marcel is sentenced to twenty years in one of the harshest and most dangerous prisons in the world. His chances of survival are very slim.

The fortunes of Norbert Witte are at the centre of this documentary that charts the ups and downs of the man and his family. Witte comes across as a likeable showman and diehard optimist who would never forsake his family; a man who is still full of plans for the future. But how does he (and his family) cope with the way he has apparently gambled away his son′s life? Is Norbert Witte addicted to dreams, or is he a visionary entrepreneur who is always somehow scuppered by circumstances? Peter Dörfler′s film traces the Witte family′s story in Berlin and Lima and follows their struggle to secure their son′s release.

Source: 59. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)

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Director:Peter Dörfler
Screenplay:Peter Dörfler (Konzept)
Director of photography:Peter Dörfler
Assistant camera:Sebastian Krügler, Kruno Virbat
Editing:Vincent Pluss, Peter Dörfler
Sound design:Jörg Theil
Sound:Frank Bubenzer
Audio mixing:Michael Kazcmarek
Music:Bernd Schultheiss
Participation:Norbert Witte, Pia Witte, Sabrina Witte, Marcel Witte
Production company:Rohfilm GmbH (Berlin), Strandfilm GmbH (Frankfurt am Main)
in co-production with:Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF) (Mainz)
in association with:Arte Deutschland TV GmbH (Baden-Baden)
Producer:Karsten Stöter, Benjamin Drechsel
Co-Producer:Bert Schmidt, Kurt Otterbacher
Producer (TV):Martin Pieper (ZDF / Arte)
Location manager:Juan Manuel Garcia Cadenillas
Funding:Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH (MBB) (Potsdam), Hessische Filmförderung (Frankfurt am Main)
Length:89 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 08.02.2009, Berlin, IFF - Perspektive Deutsches Kino;
Kinostart (DE): 02.07.2009

Titles

Originaltitel (DE) Achterbahn
Untertitel (DE) Wenn du alles riskierst, wer zahlt den Preis?

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Original

Length:89 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 08.02.2009, Berlin, IFF - Perspektive Deutsches Kino;
Kinostart (DE): 02.07.2009
 

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