(ELEKTROKOHLE – Von Wegen)
A film by Uli M Schueppel
starring: EINSTÜRZENDE NEUBAUTEN (Blixa Bargeld, Alexander Hacke, FM Einheit, Mark Chung, Andrew Unruh), Heiner Müller, Jack Lang…
Music: Einstürzende Neubauten; Camera: Cornelius Plache
col, 92min, Engl.subt., Germany 2009
Subculture falls together with big history. This cinematic montage creates a crystalline feeling of the day.” Tageszeitung
“Schueppel’s film tells more about the fall of the wall, then all achive footage TV-channels can edit together.” Die Welt
“Utterly divine. Thanks for this!” Saechsische Zeitung
“A powerful encounter, that still today senses the energy of the time.” Sueddeutsche Zeitung
“A very moving voyage into Germany’s in-between time.” Ostsee Zeitung
“A little event becomes an historical moment!” epd-film
“The audience reacted enthusiastic!” Ostsee Zeitung
At noon on December 21st, 1989 the members of Einstuerzende Neubauten – a band then hailed as a West-German cult export – hit the road in West Berlin for their very first concert in East Berlin, (still-) capital of the GDR.
In the film, it is still a long, strange journey from Berlin Kreuzberg to Berlin Lichtenberg, into the Wilhelm Pieck-Hall of the industrial plant VEB Elektrokohle. The Berlin Wall is still standing and there are still tedious border controls…
What happened back then, on that particular day – ‘in between’? This film merges the paths of West and East. 20 years later some of the concertgoers trace those paths that led them to the concert hall of the VEB Elektrokohle.
Sometimes from around the neighbourhood, sometimes from Berlin’s surroundings, or even from barracks 300km away – retrospectively they reflect a road, which on the one hand led them to this once-in-a-lifetime pop event, and on the other to the German reunification.
Out of these various Western/Eastern routes to the concert emerges a temporal mosaic of Berlin on this ‘extraordinary’ day – a journey back to a German ‘in between-time’.
“Real” trailer (sorry, only in German):