Berlin - Ecke Bundesplatz: Feine Leute

Berlin - Ecke Bundesplatz: Feine Leute

Deutschland 2012/2013, Dokumentarfilm


Berlin Ecke Bundesplatz - Life of Leisure

Since the mid 1980s Detlef Gumm and Hans-Georg Ullrich have followed the inhabitants of Berlin’s Wilmersdorf district with their cameras. Their long-term observational films describe the hopes and dreams of ordinary people. Dryly humorous and sometimes even grotesque, these films are a touching journey through time pervaded by friendship, patience, trust and warmth. Taking these ostensibly normal events, they have turned them into a compelling "comédie humaine" about health, money and love, fleeting moments of happiness and great misfortune.

After a series of long and shorter documentaries comprising almost 35 hours the filmmakers now round off their project with four new feature-length episodes: "Bäckerei im Kiez" (Baker on the Bread Line) portrays a family of bakers; "Feine Leute" (Life of Leisure) describes a celebrity lawyer’s rise, fall and new beginning. Finally, "Schornsteinfegerglück" (Chimney Sweeps) and "Vater Mutter Kind" (Happy Family) introduce us to locals whose lives reflect contemporary German history – from the latter part of Helmut Kohl’s era, through the political, cultural and economic turmoil of the fall of the Berlin wall, and up to the early twenty-first century.

Source: 63. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)


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All Credits

Director:Hans-Georg Ullrich, Detlef Gumm
Assistant director:Martin Jabs
Screenplay:Hans-Georg Ullrich (Konzept), Detlef Gumm (Konzept)
Director of photography:Michael Weihrauch, Patrick Protz, Harald Beckmann, Hans-Georg Ullrich
Optical effects:Günter Berghaus
Still photography:Ingeborg Ullrich
Editing:Simone Klier
Sound design:Helen Neikes
Audio mixing:Helen Neikes
Research:Claudia Dufke
Music:Andi Brauer
Participation:Ülo Salm
Production company:Känguruh-Film GmbH (Berlin)
Commissioned by:Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) (Köln), Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB) (Berlin + Potsdam), 3sat (Mainz)
Producer:Volker Ullrich
Producer (TV):Lucia Keuter (WDR), Reinhard Wulf (WDR), Rolf Bergmann (RBB), Jutta Krug (3sat)
Funding:Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH (MBB) (Potsdam)
Length:89 min
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Stereo
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 09.02.2013, Berlin, IFF - Berlinale Special


Originaltitel (DE) Berlin - Ecke Bundesplatz: Feine Leute
Reihentitel (DE) Berlin - Ecke Bundesplatz



Length:89 min
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Stereo
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 09.02.2013, Berlin, IFF - Berlinale Special