Wer wenn nicht wir

Wer wenn nicht wir

Deutschland 2010/2011, Spielfilm

Inhalt

If Not Us, Who

West Germany in the early 1960s. The country is quiet – for the time being. Bernward Vesper takes up his studies in Tübingen where he is attending Walter Jens’ seminar on rhetoric. Bernward wants to be a writer and spends his nights bashing the keys of a typewriter. At the same time he is keen to defend his father, the poet Will Vesper who was celebrated by the Nazis as a proponent of their ‘Blood and Soil’ ideology. The land where Bernward lives is being suffocated by its past. The war has only been over for fifteen years, old Nazis are back in positions of power, and nobody is prepared to talk about war crimes; the Republic is standing to attention.

One day Bernward meets Gudrun Ensslin and her friend Dörte. Before long, the three friends are living together in a ménage à trois. But their three-way relationship doesn’t last long. It soon transpires that Gudrun and Bernward are twin souls. This marks the beginning of an extreme relationship that is unquestioning and excessive, a love story that goes beyond the threshold of pain.

Setting out together to conquer the world, the pair arrives in West Berlin in 1964 where they become part of the left-wing bo-ho set. When the Social Democratic Party agrees to form a grand coalition with the Christian Democratic Union, Bernward and Gudrun are not the only ones who decide to join the Extraparliamentary Opposition movement. Gudrun and Bernward become part of a social and political upheaval that soon takes hold around the globe: liberation movements, student protests and the Black Panther movement in the USA; drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. The course of history is inexorable but, at the time, for a moment, it looks as if it might be possible to change its path. If not us, who? And when, if not now? And then another man, Andreas Baader, appears on the scene. Here is someone who is more unswerving, more radical and resolved than Bernward. Before long, Andreas, Gudrun and Bernward find themselves caught up in the centrifugal forces of history – and they cannot control them.

Source: 61. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)

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Credits

Director:Andres Veiel
Screenplay:Andres Veiel
Director of photography:Judith Kaufmann
Editing:Hansjörg Weißbrich
Music:Annette Focks
  
Cast: 
August DiehlBernward Vesper
Lena LauzemisGudrun Ensslin
Alexander FehlingAndreas Baader
Thomas ThiemeWill Vesper
Imogen KoggeRose Vesper
Michael WittenbornHelmut Ensslin
Maria-Victoria DragusRuth Ensslin
Rainer BockVerteidiger
Susanne-Marie WrageAnstaltsleiterin
Benjamin SadlerWalter Jens
Stephanie StremlerUlrike
Peter BenediktVerleger
Kathrin WehlischEllo
Hasko WeberSchriftsteller
Eddie JordanStokely Carmichael
Johannes AllmayerJunger Verleger
Andreas DöhlerJunger Verleger
Bettina RedlichVermieterin
Hanno KofflerUli Ensslin
Vicky KriepsDörte
Henriette NagelJohanna Ensslin
Susanne LotharMutter Ilse Ensslin
Alfredo ZerminiBurschenschaftler
Sebastian BlombergKlaus Roehler
Hark BohmKritiker
  
Production company:zero one film GmbH (Berlin)
Producer:Thomas Kufus

All Credits

Director:Andres Veiel
Assistant director:Scott Kirby
Script supervisor:Falk Schwabe
Screenplay:Andres Veiel
based on:Gerd Koenen
Translation:Alex Ross
Director of photography:Judith Kaufmann
Assistant camera:Michael Rathgeber
Steadycam operator:Matthias Biber
Lighting design:Timm Brückner
Gaffer:Lars Voigtländer
Key grip:Jürgen Zarda
Production design:Christian Martin Goldbeck
Set dresser:Ingo von Heland, Diana Wagner
Set design:Kobita Syed (Assistenz)
Prop master:Felicity Good, David Hoffmann
Construction manager:Roman Berger, Matthias Prange
Make-up artist:Doris Junker, Monika Münnich
Costume design:Bettina Marx, Petra Kray, Walter Barrotta (Assistenz)
Costumes:Theresa Anna Luther
Editing:Hansjörg Weißbrich
Sound:Paul Oberle
Casting:Simone Bär
Music:Annette Focks
  
Cast: 
August DiehlBernward Vesper
Lena LauzemisGudrun Ensslin
Alexander FehlingAndreas Baader
Thomas ThiemeWill Vesper
Imogen KoggeRose Vesper
Michael WittenbornHelmut Ensslin
Maria-Victoria DragusRuth Ensslin
Rainer BockVerteidiger
Susanne-Marie WrageAnstaltsleiterin
Benjamin SadlerWalter Jens
Stephanie StremlerUlrike
Peter BenediktVerleger
Kathrin WehlischEllo
Hasko WeberSchriftsteller
Eddie JordanStokely Carmichael
Johannes AllmayerJunger Verleger
Andreas DöhlerJunger Verleger
Bettina RedlichVermieterin
Hanno KofflerUli Ensslin
Vicky KriepsDörte
Henriette NagelJohanna Ensslin
Susanne LotharMutter Ilse Ensslin
Alfredo ZerminiBurschenschaftler
Sebastian BlombergKlaus Roehler
Hark BohmKritiker
  
Production company:zero one film GmbH (Berlin)
in co-production with:deutschfilm GmbH (Berlin/München), Südwestrundfunk (SWR) (Stuttgart), Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) (Köln), ARD Degeto Film (Frankfurt am Main)
Producer:Thomas Kufus
Co-Producer:Anatol Nitschke, Helge Sasse
Producer (TV):Andrea Hanke (WDR), Stefanie Groß (SWR), Carl Bergengruen (SWR), Jörn Klamroth (ARD-Degeto)
Line producer:Anne Leppin
Unit production manager:Mark Nolting
Location manager:Jens Enderling, Torsten Oppel (Motiv), Moritz Schreiner (Motiv), Sandro Silva (Set)
Production coordinator:Jessica Schulze
Shoot:13.04.2010-16.06.2010: Schleswig-Holstein, Berlin, Tübingen, Schwarzwald
Original distributor:Senator Film Verleih GmbH (Berlin)
Funding:Beauftragte/r der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien -Filmförderung- (Berlin), Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) (Berlin), Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH (MBB) (Potsdam), MFG Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg mbH (Stuttgart), Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein GmbH (FFHSH) (Hamburg), Hessische Filmförderung (Frankfurt am Main), Deutscher Filmförderfonds (DFFF) (Berlin)
Length:3444 m, 126 min
Format:35mm, 1:2,35
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby Digital
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 01.03.2011, 126718, ab 12 Jahre/feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 17.02.2011, Berlin, IFF - Wettbewerb;
Kinostart (DE): 10.03.2011

Titles

Originaltitel (DE) Wer wenn nicht wir
Schreibvariante (DE) Wer, wenn nicht wir

Versions

Original

Length:3444 m, 126 min
Format:35mm, 1:2,35
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby Digital
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 01.03.2011, 126718, ab 12 Jahre/feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 17.02.2011, Berlin, IFF - Wettbewerb;
Kinostart (DE): 10.03.2011
 

Awards

Hessischer Filmpreis 2011
Bester Spielfilm
 
Deutscher Filmpreis 2011
Lola in Bronze, Bester Spielfilm
 
IFF Berlin 2011
Alfred-Bauer-Preis
Preis der Gilde der deutschen Filmkunsttheater
 
FBW 2011
Prädikat: besonders wertvoll
 

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