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Babylon Berlin

Babylon Berlin

Synopsis

Director

Berlin in the Roaring Twenties: It is a metropolis for those with talent and ambition, for those in a hustle. It is „Babylon Berlin“. But beneath the glittering surface, the impoverished masses strive for a better life. It is a time of organized crime and political extremism. The old militaristic elites have not yet abdicated, while an even more dreadful monster starts flexing its muscles. Gereon, a Cologne police officer, is new to the vice squad at the Red Fort, Berlin’s monumental police headquarters. Though calm and sincere at first sight, he carries a haunting burden.

The squad is headed by Bruno Wolter, a loyal and caring colleague, whose hidden agenda becomes a serious threat. Caught between these two men is Charlotte, a bright young woman struggling to improve her family’s miserable living conditions and is leading a double life. When a freight train from the young Soviet Union arrives, it draws attention from many corners: to some, its treasure is the key to political power, to others it secures a life in freedom and wealth, but first and foremost it is a deadly trap to everyone trying to approach it.

Based on the best-selling novels by Volker Kutscher, „Babylon Berlin“ is the first German TV series where viewers can emotionally experience the story of the political developments leading from the Weimar Republic to the spread of National Socialism.

Tom Tykwer, Achim von Borries, Henk Handloegten

Tom Tykwer (b. 1965) had worked as a projectionist and booker in various independent art house cinemas for several years before he helmed his first feature film „Deadly Maria“ in 1993, followed by „Winter Sleepers“ (1997) and „Run Lola Run“ (1998) which was screened also at PÖFF. His „The International“ opened the Berlin Film Festival in 2009.

Achim von Borries (b. 1968) studied directing at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin. His debut „England!“ (2000) was shown at many international festivals and was awarded prizes from the Deutsche Filmkritik for the best script and best photography.

Henk Handloegten (b. 1968) graduated at the dffb with „Paul is Dead“ (2000) which won several awards and was followed by the award winning „Learning to Lie“. Henk also co-wrote the scripts for Wolfgang Becker’s „Good Bye Lenin!“ and Achim von Borries’ „Love in Thoughts“.


 

Schedule

27.11.2017
18:15 - 20:05
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall Scape
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 110501
Guests (7)
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Movie guests:  Director Achim von Borries, Director Henk Handloegten, Cast Liv Lisa Fries, Cast Volker Bruch, Crew Kristjan Järvi, Crew Uli Hanisch, Michael Polle
NB! New screening venue: Scape
01.12.2017
19:30 - 21:00
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 4
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 151101
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Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

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Film info

Country: Germany
Year: 2017
Duration: 90 minutes
Language: German
Directors: Tom Tykwer, Achim von Borries, Henk Handloegten
Producers: Stefan Arndt, Uwe Schott, Michael Polle
Writers: Tom Tykwer, Achim von Borries, Henk Handloegten
DOP: Bernd Fischer
Montage: Alexander Berner, Claus Wehlisch, Antje Zynga
Composers: Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek
Cast: Volker Bruch, Liv Lisa Fries, Leonie Benesch, Peter Kurth
Productions: X-Filme Creative Pool, ARD Degeto Film, Beta Film, Sky

Synopsis

Director

Berlin in the Roaring Twenties: It is a metropolis for those with talent and ambition, for those in a hustle. It is „Babylon Berlin“. But beneath the glittering surface, the impoverished masses strive for a better life. It is a time of organized crime and political extremism. The old militaristic elites have not yet abdicated, while an even more dreadful monster starts flexing its muscles. Gereon, a Cologne police officer, is new to the vice squad at the Red Fort, Berlin’s monumental police headquarters. Though calm and sincere at first sight, he carries a haunting burden.

The squad is headed by Bruno Wolter, a loyal and caring colleague, whose hidden agenda becomes a serious threat. Caught between these two men is Charlotte, a bright young woman struggling to improve her family’s miserable living conditions and is leading a double life. When a freight train from the young Soviet Union arrives, it draws attention from many corners: to some, its treasure is the key to political power, to others it secures a life in freedom and wealth, but first and foremost it is a deadly trap to everyone trying to approach it.

Based on the best-selling novels by Volker Kutscher, „Babylon Berlin“ is the first German TV series where viewers can emotionally experience the story of the political developments leading from the Weimar Republic to the spread of National Socialism.

Tom Tykwer, Achim von Borries, Henk Handloegten

Tom Tykwer (b. 1965) had worked as a projectionist and booker in various independent art house cinemas for several years before he helmed his first feature film „Deadly Maria“ in 1993, followed by „Winter Sleepers“ (1997) and „Run Lola Run“ (1998) which was screened also at PÖFF. His „The International“ opened the Berlin Film Festival in 2009.

Achim von Borries (b. 1968) studied directing at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin. His debut „England!“ (2000) was shown at many international festivals and was awarded prizes from the Deutsche Filmkritik for the best script and best photography.

Henk Handloegten (b. 1968) graduated at the dffb with „Paul is Dead“ (2000) which won several awards and was followed by the award winning „Learning to Lie“. Henk also co-wrote the scripts for Wolfgang Becker’s „Good Bye Lenin!“ and Achim von Borries’ „Love in Thoughts“.