Boxhagener Square

Boxhagener Square

Boxhagener Square

               Genre: drama, literature
               Detective, grandmother, Berlin, murder, GDR, 1960, Berlinale 2010, People’s Police

A Berlin native film

  The eponymous Boxhagener Square is now located in Berlin’s trendy district, he is surrounded by bars, cafes and fashionable shops with baby clothes. Has set to the time when Torsten Schulz’s novel of the same, he still looked very different. Director Matti Geschonnek, who grew up here, remembers a place “where even the pubs, the brewery wagons beer kegs provided” to scissor and knife sharpener. At the same time, in the late 1960s, playing his film.

Holger (Samuel Schneider), who is here, lives near the pub “fire alarms”, which is twelve years old and spends his afternoons with his grandmother Otti (Gudrun Ritter), a worldly-wise and loving woman. “The fact that the guys have to wilt ever so quickly,” she is annoyed when her sixth man is dying. The daily visit to the cemetery is one of their favorite pastimes, next to the cooking of hearty meals. Holger is always there, eating like the weeding. For his parents, he is not feeling well. They have little in common and seem to ask every day why they ever married. His father, Klaus-Dieter (Jurgen Vogel), the section represented by the People’s Police, takes his job very seriously – so should his family behaved perfectly in the service of the GDR. Holger’s mother, Renate (Meret Becker), however, has had enough of her meek husband, as well as by the whole stuffy country. After working at the hair salon she goes to dance, to forget their frustrations. Rather than see her West GDR television stations that report in 1968, mainly from the student protests.

If Otti is Holger’s world is fine. She explains to him how to do it with the men know how to Kohlroularden eat and how to ensure a good digestion. In the next room, meanwhile, tosses her husband Rudi (Hermann Beyer) back and forth. The shrapnel in his head makes him trouble. But if he meddles too much into the conversation, Otti slams the bedroom door too easy. Of the men, they can say anything. And still have several very interested in her.

In their daily walks to the cemetery Otti is courted by the two sides. Old nazi fish Winkler (Horst Krause), they can enchant with his finest trout not, Karl Wegner (Michael Gwisdek), however, tried it successfully with West Coffee, Friederike Kempner’s poems and stories from his days as Spartacus fighters. Charles, whose wife near Ottis is men who will soon become familiar Holger. The particular interest in political insight, Charles taught him. “Ulbricht? The Goebbels but stood on a stage,” he told this knowledge at the earliest opportunity in the classroom. Because with secrets you can impress the girls. This doctrine of Karl actually works. Holger But it also brings into conflict with the teachers who really want to know where he heard such a thing.

To correct the conflicts, however, begin only when fish is found Winkler dead in his shop, beaten with a beer bottle. Has something to do with the murder of Otti to Grandma? Issues relate to a cock fight between old men? Holger begins to investigate. And his father is doing his best, after all it is his district and he wants to impress his superiors. In the now deserted fish shop moves while the “Club of solidarity, one people.”

Incidentally Geschonnek captures the atmosphere in East Berlin in the 1960s. Reports on the “successful defeat of the counterrevolution” in Prague, coming out of Ottis’ hormonsexuellem “son of Bodo (Milan Peschel all people) on a funeral gone awry, the village atmosphere right in the Friedrichshain neighborhood show a Berlin that is far removed from the glamorous appearance, which was now connected with the territory.

Boxhagener The place itself could not show the film-makers – from sixties flair is there no trace found. But the award-winning production designer Lothar Holler (The Shop, Sun Alley, Good Bye, Lenin!) A genuine ambience succeeded, perhaps in some places looks like something leaked, are draped so beautifully, the old garbage cans in front of the unrenovated older buildings. The film was shot, along with Berlin and in Halle, Dessau and in the studio Babelsberg – in Berlin, there is hardly a match ruined streets.

They are (wonderfully down to the smallest supporting roles, the bartender and guests in the fire alarms) star-studded ensemble makes the film – actually a pleasant but innocuous story – into something special. Jurgen Vogel as the misprint philistines who Wasserstoffblond backcombed Meret Becker and especially the excellent Gudrun Ritter, who played for decades at Berlin’s Deutsches Theater, are simply fun.

A Berlin native film, it has become is neatly in the Berlin dialect. The Kiezcharakter the area around the square Boxhagener actually plays the main role – more than two or three streets away from here, no one moves. The fact that the film celebrated at the Berlin premiere, there is only adequate.

(Claire Horst)

Title: Boxhagener Square Country of production: Germany Year of production: 2010 Length: 103 (Min) of material: ( #) Pandora Film Distribution

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