Berlin - Ecke Bundesplatz: Grenzgänger

Berlin - Ecke Bundesplatz: Grenzgänger

Deutschland 1986-2001, Dokumentarfilm


Detlef Gumm and Hans-Georg Ullrich began working on their long-term observational documentary "Berlin – Ecke Bundesplatz" twenty-four years ago. Their plan was to make a series of short and longer films documenting the fortunes of several inhabitants of an ordinary Berlin neighbourhood as they moved towards the year 2000. The protagonists were a typical cross-section of people living an old quarter of West-Berlin, and so, in their film, widows, a high-flying lawyer, drop-outs, owners of small businesses and a single mother became chroniclers of their Wilmersdorf world.

The filmmakers paid another visit to their protagonists for five new episodes of their opus. In "Mütter und Töchter" we meet a woman who brought up her daughter on her own and became dependant on social welfare as a result; this episode compares their lives, then and now. "Die Aussteiger" relates what has happened to the dreams and plans of a gay couple. At the centre of "Schön ist die Jugend …" are an 89-year-old woman and the man who later became her carer and set up his own business. "Die Köpcke-Bande" is about a family whose members almost all have artistic jobs, while "Der Yilmaz-Clan" tells the story of an upwardly mobile family of immigrants. Everyday stories and contemporary history merge on Berlin′s Bundesplatz to provide an authentic picture of Germany.

Source: 59. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)


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All Credits

Director:Detlef Gumm, Hans-Georg Ullrich
Director of photography:Hans-Georg Ullrich, Harald Beckmann
Editing:Monika Smith
Negative cutter:Ljiljana Fisch
Sound:Detlef Gumm
Audio mixing:Manfred Herold
Music:Andi Brauer
Production company:Känguruh-Film GmbH (Berlin)
Commissioned by:Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) (Köln), 3sat (Mainz), Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB) (Berlin + Potsdam)
Producer (TV):Monika Paetow (WDR), Rolf Bergmann (RBB), Reinhard Wulf (3sat)
Length:60 min
Picture/Sound:Farbe , Stereo
Screening:TV-Erstsendung (DE): 12.12.2001, 3sat


Originaltitel (DE) Berlin - Ecke Bundesplatz: Grenzgänger
Reihentitel (DE) Berlin - Ecke Bundesplatz



Length:60 min
Picture/Sound:Farbe , Stereo
Screening:TV-Erstsendung (DE): 12.12.2001, 3sat