Are you a party animal, do you love electronic music, and do you happen to dream about the city of Berlin for just those reasons? Then you should come to Vienna Café on Thursday, who will show the 2008 flick Berlin Calling – a film about a Berlin DJ and his attempt to make it in the club music industry, “a melodramatic tragic comedy set in the world’s most recognizable and bustling hub of dance music activity today.”
Directed by Hannes Stöhr, who also helmed ‘One Day in Europe’ (Berlinale 2005 in Official Competition) and ‘Berlin is in Germany’ (Berlinale 2001 Panorama Audience Award), this movie follows a struggling DJ in one of Europes most famous club cities:
Berlin electronic music composer Martin (Paul Kalkbrenner), known as DJ Ickarus, is touring with his manager and girlfriend Mathilde (Rita Lengyel) from club to club around the globe and is about to release their biggest album to date. However, all of his plans are thrown out of kilter after Ickarus is submitted to the emergency ward of a psychiatric clinic high on drugs after a gig. A tragicomedy in Berlin of today.
Although the movie is fictional, it seems to spill over a great deal into the real world. To create the film set, real clubs in Berlin were rented out for film shoots and the main character DJ Ickarus is portrayed by Paul Kalkbrenner, who is in fact a German electronic musician from Berlin. He was also the composer of the film’s soundtrack and is apparently “delivering the perfect music for this movie in its present form. The soundtrack contains ten exclusive as well as six previously released tracks.”
Where: Vienna Cafe, 25-2 Shaoxing Lu, near Shanxi Nan Lu.
Starts: 19:30 Thursday 19th November 2009
Also, director Hannes Stöhr was there himself when it all happened, living in the midst of the famous Berlin underground music scene:
I spent all of the nineties in Berlin and yes, I was dancing from the beginning, following the evolution of electronic music. At the end of the nineties my friends and me, we were a group of people organizing illegal techno parties in Berlin in a place called Deli.
Read more about his thought´s around the movie, in this interview, or why not in this one. Stöhr has a history of making short films, animations, docfictions and documentaries since 1991 and Berlin Calling is his third feature lenght movie. Check out its cool website to get a first taste of what Thursday nigth at Vienna Café will be all about.
The film screening will be in German with English subtitles.
Check out what other movies are showing in Shanghai this coming week after the jump. Links lead to info about times and venues.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE MOVIES
- 2012: Ever get chills from the Mayan prophecy that predicts the world will end on December 21, 2012? Sony Pictures’ upcoming disaster drama 2012 simulates the catastrophic happenings of the last days of the earth with plenty of epic floods and destruction. The Day after Tomorrow director Roland Emmerich helms. John Cusack and Amanda Peet star. The film boasts a sky-high US$200 million budget and breath-taking special effects. In English with Chinese subtitles
- Diamond Dogs (唐卡迷踪): “Diamond Dogs” is the story of a group of American fortune hunters, who come to China looking for a long-lost-treasure. During the Soviet crack-down on religion in the 1930’s, a priceless Buddhist artifact, a Tangka was taken across the border to China and hidden in the mountains. The fortune hunters need a guide and protection on the trip, so they hire an American ex-pat, Ronson. He’s ex-Army and living an existence in Inner-Mongolia of drinks, women and bare-knuckle fights. The group takes off into the Mongolian mountains on a trek that will change their lives forever. King of the B-Movie action film, Dolph Lundgren (best known for his role as Captain Ivan Drago in Rocky IV), plays Xander Ronson in Diamond Dogs.
- Michael Jackson´s This Is It (迈克尔·杰克逊：就是这样): Fans of Michael Jackson: get a glimpse of the King of Pop’s last days with this documentary. Pieced together from more than 100 hours footage of Jackson’s rehearsals of his comeback London concert tour, this highly anticipated film offers you a private look into the late superstar’s life through on-stage and behind-the-scene material. In English with Chinese subtitles.
- Knowing (神秘代码): Nicolas Cage continues his action thriller career in Alex Proyas’ latest production. The plot focuses on elementary school student Caleb and his father John as they discover a string of numbers that match with dates of disasters over the past 50 years, including the numbers of people who died. In Mandarin or English depending on the cinema.
- Astro Boy (阿童木): An origin story set in futuristic Metro City, Astro Boy is about a young robot with incredible powers created by a brilliant scientist, Dr. Tenma, in the image of the son he had lost. Unable to fulfill the grieving man’s expectations, our hero embarks on a journey in search of acceptance, becoming part of a group of rowdy kids led by a girl named Cora, experiencing betrayal, and a netherworld of robot gladiators led by the greedy ring master, Ham Egg…
- The Taking of Pelham 123 (地铁惊魂): Tony Scott directs this remake of the original Palomar Production/Walter Matthau-starring thriller from 1974 with this Columbia Pictures production that pits Denzel Washington and John Turtorro against a group of hijackers, lead by John Travolta, who take over a subway train in order to rake in a hefty ransom. David Koepp (War of the Worlds) is adapting the book by author John Godey.
CHINESE LANGUAGE MOVIES
- Master Xuan Zhang (玄奘大师): A live action retelling of Journey to the West, this movie follows the monk Xuanzhang as he goes to India in search of Buddhist scriptures. While most movies focus on his adventures with the Monkey King, this one looks to present a more realistic, less fairy tale-like portrayal of the famous historical figure.
- Glittering Days (万家灯火): The film revolves around the changes that happen in a community in the southern part of Beijing. The characters are residents that live in a small congested courtyard but finally get to move into the apartment they´ve longed for.
- My Airhostess Roommate (恋爱前规则): Beautiful stewardess Ranjing meets Otaku Lu Fei after a night out on town and through a series of mishaps, they become roommates in her duplex apartment. And then they fall in love. Adapted from an ultra popular internet novel “Diary of Living with an Airhostess.”
- Love At Seventh Sight (7天爱上你): He is an audio technician, an unromantic man looking for the most romantic sound on earth. In an unexpected encounter, he comes across two of the most romantic things—- a beautiful recreational vehicle and its beautiful owner. The girl loves to travel the world and the boy hopes to find the most soul-soothing sound in nature. Pursuing their dreams, they decide to travel together in the recreational vehicle.
- Stubborn Radish (倔强萝卜): An amateur scientist plans to dig a tunnel to steal back some money from his ex-best friend now worst foe. Starring Huang Bo.
- Qiu Xi (秋喜): The romantic spy thriller “Qiu Xi” by director Sun Zhou, takes place in wartime Guangzhou before the country’s liberation by the Communist Party of China in 1949. A young woman named Qiu Xi is a “boat person”, or Tanka, living in the coastal area of Guangdong Province. Qiu Xi, (Jiang Yiyan), becomes a servant to Yan Haiqing, (Guo Xiaodong). She finds herself falling for the undercover communist agent who works with the Kuomintang regime that ruled China until 1949. The story unfolds as the two fall for each other but are kept at distance because of the wartime situation. The 45-million-yuan film comes several years after Sun Zhou’s widely acclaimed movies “Zhou Yu’s Train” in 2002 and “Breaking the Silence” in 2000. His films are known for their exploration of humanity and the genuinely virtuous nature of people.
- The Message (Feng Sheng, 风声): “The Message” is set in Japanese-occupied China in 1942. It tells a story of a Japanese spy chief trying to identify a Chinese agent from a group of suspects. Produced by China’s leading entertainment producer Huayi Brothers, the film is the company’s tribute to the 60th birthday of the People’s Republic of China. Riding the popularity of the TV series and play of the same name, this espionage flick features Zhou Xun, Zhang Hanyu and Li Bingbing. Mandarin only.
- The Warrior and The Wolf (狼灾记, Lang zai ji): This costume fantasy drama is the latest production by China´s influential director and producer Tian Zhuangzhuang. Set in the Qing Dynasty, the plot follows a warrior and his foreign lover. Their romantic encounters lead to a supernatural event. Japanese star Joe Odagiri, Taiwanese actor Tuo Zonghua and American diva Maggie Q star. Mandarin only.
- My Fair Gentleman (窈窕绅士, Yao Tiao Shen Shi): My Fair Gentleman” follows the romantic pursuit of a newly rich businessman obsessed with a female entertainer. Through the hilarious quest for a woman he thinks is the love of his life, the vulgar rich man transforms himself, as well as the object of his affection. In the end, he becomes a perfect gentleman.
- Wheat (麦田): Award-winning Chinese director He Ping creates a new costume drama featuring Wang Zhiwen, Fan Bingbing, Huang Jue and Wang Ji. The film opened to enthusiastic crowds at this year´s Shanghai International Film Festival and follows the adventures of two army deserters in an entirely female kingdom during the Warring States Period. Mandarin only.
- Lost Indulgence (Mi Guo, 秘岸): In this family drama, the relationship between a teenage son and his mother become complicated when they take in secretive young woman into their home. Upon the apparent death of his taxi-driver father (Eric Tseng), Xian-chuen (Tan Jianci) and his mother Li (Jiang Wenli) take in his father’s last fare, Su-Dan (Karen Mok), a bar girl, to fulfill the family’s obligations. The father, Wu Tao drove his cab into the Yangtze River, breaking Su-Dan’s leg and potentially paralyzing her for life.
OTHER LANGUAGE MOVIES
- The Samouraï: This 1967 crime thriller features Alain Delon as a canny killer called the “samouraï “. On a mission to kill a nightclub owner, he is seen by witnesses. Now the “samouraï” needs to find the perfect alibi and dodge hidden threats left and right. Join French film gurus Liu Wei and Thierry Berthommier for a post-screening discussion. In French with Chinese subtitles. Free.