SID & NANCY – EX & POP
A FILM BY ULI M SCHUEPPEL
Starring: BEN BECKER, MERET BECKER, ALEXANDER HACKE, BARBARA PHILIPP and OTTO SANDER
col, 45min, Engl. Subt., Germany 1996
In July and August 1995 Ben Becker staged “Sid&Nancy”, the play he wrote, at the Berlin club “Ex&Pop”. The lead roles of the production are played by Becker’s sister, Meret Becker, the gitarrist from “Einstürzende Neubauten” Alexander Hacke, and Ben Becker himself.
The film documentation by Uli M Schueppel follows the intense, at times chaotic process of this self-styled project, revealing the true path to the actual production with the help of footage taken from the sidelines of rehearsals – statements, outbursts, individual rehearsals.
The result is a portrait in the tradition of the “direct cinem”; through the crises of the actor’s rehearsals, the blending of people and their dramatic roles, reality and theater becomes near and palpable.
press quotes (selection)
Cult ! (…)
Der Spiegel (7/96)
“Drug angels as local heroes: the creation of a depraved romantic junkie fairytale.”
Script, Director, Camera & Editing:
Uli M Schueppel
Ed Csupkay (Mandoline)
Stephan Hachtmann (Gitarre)
Jaki Engelken (Bass)
Sceanery & Costumes:
Danielle De Picciotto
Wolfgang Bergmann (3sat/Theater)
Jo Schmitt (3sat)
A Schueppel-Production in cooperation with ZDF/3sat Theater
shot in Juli/August 1995