Posts Tagged ‘Kreuzberg


Good god(s)!


Krach im Hause Gott, we were at the première of this pièce Friday night with our Milanese-Berlinese friends 🙂 from Charlottenburg.

I am sure that Michela Murgia would have loved this play! God is wearing white, he’s Elvis, actually. Satan sports black jeans, black Converse, a glamourous black feathered studded jacket. The Holy Ghost, integralist and always right, wears something seamless, golden braides intertwined tight. Jesus wears blue jeans and his human condition. And Mary, très Romy Schneider, glows in a Princess Leyla total-look, outfit and hairdo. Lovely work, lovely atmosphere!


the empire of cakes strikes back

The empire of cakes strikes back. Tucked away in a not so hype area of Kreuzberg, the Kaiser has no sleek design but its scrambled eggs, mini-Wiener Schnitzels and cakes are yummy indeed. And Kaiserschmarren with violette… 🙂


Looking ahead

You and I are lucky tonight because here’s another clip from DJ Vida…Max Herre, Blick nach vorn, recalling Summer in Kreuzberg!



Gray and gold

In Berlin gray and gold find themselves frequently side by side. Pas mal…


the snowball effect

And now some local news, picked from The Local. The giant snowball battle Neukölln vs Kreuzberg scheduled for January 10th in Berlin has been called off due to huge popular demand. Last year it attracted 500 snowball throwers.

Social networks pulled in 8,000 enthusiastic participants for 2011’s edition. The police is not sure to be able to cope with such masses of people throwing snow at each other. In Leipzig in November there was a bit of a mess with other objects being thrown in.

Well, this means that the next “throwing” appointments will be the Oberbaumbrücke ritual fight and, of course, May 1st in Kreuzberg.

Social network’ snowball effect indeed.



24 hours Berlin: 6am in the morning


Two nice discoveries today. A friend in London told me about The Auteurs. And while browsing the movies MeinMann discovered 24 hours Berlin by Volker Heise.

Well, all this has been around for a while but nevertheless, better late than never!

If you love movies The Auteurs is a precious website. And if you love Berlin, you will love this collection of 24 movies shot in Berlin one year ago, each one covering a specific hour of the day. With stunning photography and everyday stories.

The first part of 24 hours Berlin takes us in the capital and her inhabitants at 6am. Nori at the BMW motorbike factory in Spandau. An inmate in the Knast in Reinickendorf. Waking up in a flat in Schoeneberg. A Koepenick fisherman on the Mueggelsee. An old man waiting for heart surgery at the Charite’ hospital in Mitte. A round-the-clock bakery in Schlesisches Tor. An interview with von und zu Guttemberg in front of Brandenburger Gate about John McCain (John McCain…? who was that?). A vain and antipathique foreign correspondent headquartered in Gendarmenmarkt and totally waterproof to the country he’s reporting from.

The crisis was just starting: September 5th, 2008. MeinMann and I only watched episode 1 so far (the one covering the awakening of the city, in between6.00 am and 7 am) and so there’s more to come. We have 23 movies in stock to look forward to now!

One year after this magnificient series of shootings I wonder what happened to the people portrayed in the movie. The world changed an awful lot in the meantime.

Sarah Palin and her red jackets were pestering our screens one year ago. FW Steinmeier was not sure to become THE candidate to the Kanzleramt. Lehman Brothers was fame and glory. Barack Obama was preceded by an “If”. Von und zu Guttemberg was in the making. KaDeWe was strong as an ox. The S-bahn ran on time (but with a dark secret) and the U55 was still in the box.  We were still discussing the project for our flat in Berlin.

This movie frames life in the city and its Zeitgeist. Berlin is the lucky town which deserved but also generated such an oeuvre, I hope it means something beautiful for its future.



film making: Rome, Berlin…Rage

kohlenq_01At Kohlenquelle, in Prenzlauer Berg, MeinMann and I met the authors of FirstWeTakeBerlin, Thorsten and Daniel. We had followed them on Miro’, their Berlin video-clips mixing reportage and sur-reality. The friendly riot in Kreuzberg on May 1st, the Oberbaumbruecke fight between Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain, the diverse social mix in Moabit, Wedding by night. Together with Phil they are now filming Dougs Deutschland, their first film, in Berlin. We met them on Kopenhagener Strasse during a pause in the tournage.

As Daniel suggested, this round of cappuccinos and Club Mate seemed one episode of the FirstWeTakeBerlin series itself, because it did have a slight surreal twist. We had contacts via e-mail and followed their videos on the web so it was a bit like FirstWeTakeBerlin meets its Italian public or anyway, a good portion of it. It was like when you met your pen-pals, you had seen pictures, exchanged views in writing, but to sit at the same table in a bar seems odd at first.

Our questions were the usual naïve ones of those who go and see movies, and don’t make them. The movie is a movie in the movie, and its matrioska structure was not always easy to grasp because the authors made references to movies we had never seen. Thorsten took us through the intricacies of the plot, which reminded me of Patrick Modiano’s Rue des Boutiques Obscures, where the plans of reality and amnesia are strictly intertwined. We glimpsed a few scenes on Daniel’s phone, we are really curious!

I was curious to understand if creative city Berlin or Europe were  helping financially the young cinéastes (a local film commission? Eurimages?). Daniel and Thorsten told us that they are financing the film by themselves, since film commissions want to have too much control on the plot and the whole process.

I had to put my sunglasses on, I was staring to the warm afternoon sun and it started to get visually difficult to sustain a conversation with the guys sitting à contrejour. Producers, financing, sunglasses, bright sun light brought to my mind a movie scene, Sally Potter meeting the producers in LA (“The Tango Lesson”). Her plot was still in the making, the producers chase her, want to force her ideas in a cookie-cutter scheme, her expression remains frozen behind her sunglasses. She would finance the film herself, in order to let her freedom shape the plot. And that was a movie in a movie.rage_2

Yesterday night we were asking to MV, a film director living here in Rome, the differences digital vs film photography in movie making. Eventually we ended up talking about Sally Potter once more: her i-phone movie, Rage, is just out now on the Babelgum platform. And about film commissions. The new Tornatore movie, Baaria, apparently cashed-in 4 millions Euro from the Sicily film commission, and is one of the most expensive movies ever produced in Italy.

Rage is out today on the i-phone and on Nokia N96 (among others), I am definitely curious to watch it, also for the techniques used by Sally Potter, as described by Lily Cole: “The unusual shooting set up on RAGE, of just Sally with the camera, the sound recordist, and myself created an extraordinary level of intimacy quickly which allowed Sally and I to experiment and really explore the character. With great sensitivity and intensity, Sally was drawing out emotions in me and then tempering them, always guiding me toward delivering just what was necessary and true to the character.”

I hope my German will improve further in the coming months in order to fully enjoy  Dougs Deutschland when it will hit the silver screen. And in the meantime MV intends to leave Rome for Turin in order to realize her movie projects in a truly creative environment, now completely dried out in Rome. As per Baaria, probably as an Italian tax payer I already paid for it, I’ll wait for it to turn up on the TV shores, no hurry.


Photos: Babelgum, Ragethemovie,

Enter your email address to keep track of what's going on at BerlinRomExpress - check your Inbox (and Junk mailbox too) to activate the subscription!

Join 45 other followers