Neukölln Unlimited

Neukölln Unlimited

Deutschland 2009/2010, Dokumentarfilm

Inhalt

Siblings Lial, Hassan and Maradona have lived in the Berlin district of Neukölln since early childhood. The Akkouch siblings are talented dancers and musicians and are well known in the street dance and hip hop scene in Berlin and beyond. But they have a problem: although their family has spent the past 18 years in Germany, their residency status is still unresolved and so they live in constant fear of being deported to Lebanon.

Lial and Hassan, the only family members to have received a limited title of residence, decide to use their art to find a way of supporting the family so that they might be able to remain in the country as legal residents. But the extra workload takes its toll and clearly puts a strain on the relationship between Lial and Hassan; moreover, Maradona’s problems begin to pile up. Time and again he is suspended from school and before long he is up before the law. If charges are pressed this will not only affect his own residency – it could endanger his family’s chances too. Torn between his older siblings’ ambitious lifestyle and life on the streets with his mates he soon finds himself at a crossroads – he must choose between motivation and resignation.

This documentary goes beyond the typical clichés about migrants in ′problem′ areas to portray the everyday lives of three youths struggling for their family’s right to stay in Germany.

Source: 60. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)

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Credits

All Credits

Director:Agostino Imondi, Dietmar Ratsch
Screenplay:Agostino Imondi
Script editor:Raimund Barthelmes
Director of photography:Dietmar Ratsch
2nd Camera unit:Marcel Reategui, Schokofeh Kamiz
Titles / Opticals:Björn Müller
Animation:Benjamin Kniebe, Julia Dufek
Editing:Agostino Imondi, Lars Späth
Assistant editor:Marc Böhlhoff
Sound design:Antonio Paule Harzer
Sound:Agostino Imondi
Audio mixing:Florian Beck
Music:Tim Stanzel, Eike Hosenfeld, Moritz Denis
Participation:Hassan Akkouch, Lial Akkouch, Maradona Akkouch
Production company:Indi Film Produktion (Stuttgart, Berlin)
in co-production with:noirfilm Filmproduktion GmbH & Co. KG (Karlsruhe), Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB) (Berlin + Potsdam)
in association with:Arte Deutschland TV GmbH (Baden-Baden)
Producer:Arek Gielnik, Dietmar Ratsch
Co-Producer:Nico Hain, Boris Michalski, Didi Danquart
Producer (TV):Birgit Mehler (RBB), Dagmar Mielke (RBB/Arte)
Producer:Sonia Otto
Line producer:Arek Gielnik
Unit production manager:Rainer Baumert
Production assistant:Cosima Grohmann, Jasmin Rothenbücher, Ruken Baran
Shoot:01.04.2009-30.04.2009: Berlin, Paris, Köln, Reggio Emilia
Original distributor:GMfilms (Berlin)
Funding:Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) (Berlin), Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH (MBB) (Potsdam), Deutscher Filmförderfonds (DFFF) (Berlin), Media Programm der EU (Brüssel), MFG Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg mbH (Stuttgart)
Length:96 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby SRD
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 18.01.2010, 121275, ohne Alterbeschränkung/feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 13.02.2010, Berlin, IFF - 14plus;
Kinostart (DE): 01.04.2010

Titles

Originaltitel (DE) Neukölln Unlimited
Weiterer Titel (DE) Life’s a Battle

Versions

Original

Length:96 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby SRD
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 18.01.2010, 121275, ohne Alterbeschränkung/feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 13.02.2010, Berlin, IFF - 14plus;
Kinostart (DE): 01.04.2010
 

Awards

IFF Berlin 2010
Gläserner Bär, Bester Spielfilm