The Big Eden

The Big Eden

Deutschland 2010/2011, Dokumentarfilm

Inhalt

“I’ve always been lucky. My whole life. I’ve always been really, really lucky,
never experienced any lows, never knew any real trouble – it’s been one
high after another, right up until the present”, says Rolf Eden of himself. This
octogenarian, widely regarded as Berlin’s last playboy, was once top of the
list of "most embarrassing Berliners" – a rank that Eden however takes as a
compliment: "A population of four million and I’m the most embarrassing –
who can say that? I think it’s great!"



In his younger days Rolf Eden ran a string of night clubs and discotheques.
"Eden Salon", "New Eden", "Eden Playboy Club", "Cabaret Schlüsselloch" and "Big
Eden", which he sold in 2002, were all something of an institution in West
Berlin, and Eden himself is still a popular topic in Berlin’s tabloids. Fifteen
thousand nights without sleep, one thousand bottles of champagne and
three thousand female conquests – these are the kind of statistics that
make good cover stories. And whenever he buys a new car, such as his Rolls
Royce Convertible in his favourite shade of arctic white, a snap of him in his
new wheels, new girlfriend in tow, duly appears in the news.



In this third part of his trilogy about ego-driven men ("Der Panzerknacker" and "Achterbahn" being the first two) Peter Dörfler takes a look at the
biography of Rolf Eden, a man who invented himself sixty years ago and
looms large in the history of city’s colourful nightlife. Filmed in lavish
CinemaScope, the filmmaker, a trained cinematographer, portrays a flamboyant
personality who has managed to survive the world he created in
and around the Ku’damm – the heart of ‘old’ West Berlin.



Source: 61. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)

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Credits

Director:Peter Dörfler
Screenplay:Peter Dörfler
Director of photography:Peter Dörfler
Editing:Peter Dörfler
Production company:Rohfilm GmbH (Berlin)
Producer:Benjamin Drechsel, Karsten Stöter

All Credits

Director:Peter Dörfler
Assistant director:Maja Classen
Screenplay:Peter Dörfler
Director of photography:Peter Dörfler
Assistant camera:Sebastian Krügler
Steadycam operator:Harald Mellwig
Key grip:Bernard Kühn
Editing:Peter Dörfler
Assistant editor:Aline Pegels, Annette Kurzbach
Sound editor:Moritz Hoffmeister
Sound design:Jörg Theil
Sound:Frank Bubenzer
Audio mixing:Michael Kaczmarek
Participation:Rolf Eden, Uschi Buchfellner, Yoram Kaniuk
Production company:Rohfilm GmbH (Berlin)
in co-production with:Strandfilm GmbH (Frankfurt am Main), Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF) (Mainz)
in association with:Arte Deutschland TV GmbH (Baden-Baden)
Producer:Benjamin Drechsel, Karsten Stöter
Co-Producer:Kurt Otterbacher, Bert Schmidt
Producer (TV):Martin Pieper
Unit production manager:Ricardo Brunn
Production assistant:Paul Shottner
Shoot:: Tel Aviv, Berlin, Paris, Cannes, Konstanz
Original distributor:Senator Film Verleih GmbH (Berlin)
Funding:Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) (Berlin), Deutscher Filmförderfonds (DFFF) (Berlin), Hessische Filmförderung (Frankfurt am Main), Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung GmbH (MDM) (Leipzig), nordmedia Fonds GmbH Niedersachsen und Bremen (Hannover + Bremen)
Length:90 min
Format:35mm, 1:2,35
Picture/Sound:Farbe & s/w, Dolby SRD
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 30.01.2012, 129947, ab 12 Jahre
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 15.02.2011, Berlin, IFF - Panorama Dokumente;
Kinostart (DE): 08.12.2011

Titles

Originaltitel (DE) The Big Eden
Weiterer Titel (DE) Big Eden

Versions

Original

Length:90 min
Format:35mm, 1:2,35
Picture/Sound:Farbe & s/w, Dolby SRD
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 30.01.2012, 129947, ab 12 Jahre
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 15.02.2011, Berlin, IFF - Panorama Dokumente;
Kinostart (DE): 08.12.2011