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THIS AIN’T CALIFORNIA

THIS AIN’T CALIFORNIA

Marten Persiel
Germany, 2012, 90 Min

The story of a special friendship that loses itself when freedom begins. This collage of memories is a documentary trip through the curious world of the "Rollbrettfahrer" (skateboarders) in the GDR of the 1980s.

Harald Schmitt

The mere fact that this Californian form of fun could be found behind the Wall is already a sensation. Director Marten Persiel manages to show a subculture of the GDR, whose story has yet to be told – and free of the usual clichés. The director had succeeded in bringing the heroes of the scene together again. They recount stories of wild parties, of first loves, of friends who lost sight of each other after the fall of Communism, and of the clash between West and East German skaters. Thus, the bow stretches into the present – into the here and now – while the "Rollbretter" (skateboards) rattle over Alexanderplatz to a powerful soundtrack with sounds by Anne Clark, Alphaville, Die Ärzte or Feeling B.:  It’s a story of hot pants, sex and music against state-prescribed Spartakiads and championships. THIS AIN'T CALIFORNIA tells of a hitherto unknown youth movement that proves that the GDR was colourful. In this cinematic reconstruction sometimes even a bit more colourful than in real life.

Filmformat
DCP | Doc | Farbe / Colour
Drehbuch
Marten Persiel, Ira Wedel
Kamera
Felix Leiberg
Ton
Ireneusz Szumlanski
Schnitt
Maxine Gödicke, Toni Froschhammer, Bobby Good
Ausstattung
Anne Zentgraf
Musik
Lars Damm, Marten Persiel
Produzent
Ronald Vietz, Michael Schöbel
Produktion
Wildfremd Produktion
Co-Produktion
rbb, arte, MDR
Kontakt
farbfilm verleih
Alexander Masche
Boxhagener Straße 106
10245 Berlin
Germany
+49 30 29 77 290
a.masche@farbfilm-verleih.de
www.farbfilm-verleih.de
Marten Persiel

Marten Persiel - born in 1974 in Berlin, Germany. Screenwriter and director. He studied documentary film at the HfBK in Hamburg, Mixed Media Art at Portsmouth University and directing at Westminster University in London. He spent many years abroad before returning to Germany in 2008. He has made numerous short films, commercials and music videos. THIS AIN'T CALIFORNIA was his cinema debut.

Movies
KEBABLAND (2000, short)
MIMI, LA JOIE (2007, doc)
8 SCHRITTE (2008, short)
JOY (2009, short)
WE ARE SURFERS (2011, doc, short)
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