B-movie: lust & sound in West Berlin 1979 – 1989

Germany, 2015, 92 min.


Jörg A. Hoppe,
Heiko Lange,
Klaus Maeck




DEF Media, ZDF / ARTE, Interzone Pictures, Scenes From

Marc Reeder from Manchester, fascinated by West Berlin, moved there at the end of the 70s. He filmed the urban jungle of the divided city. B-MOVIE is both a video diary and a retro collage of the unpredictable, chaotic, extremely vibrant, sleepless Berlin, this melting pot for sub and pop culture. The city that ceased to exist and that will never exist again. Blixa Bargeld, Nick Cave, Tilda Swinton; endless parties, clubs and fights; punk, avant-garde and techno; drugs and chaos before the Wall came crashing down. The sound, the image, the characters – everything is so authentic that one might think the West Berlin of the 80s is right here.

2015 Berlin IFF (Germany) – Panorama Section
Jörg A. Hoppe - 1

Jörg A. Hoppe

German TV producer, music publisher and music journalist. Cooperated with numerous stars of German music scene and various music channels, produced films, organized concerts and festivals. Cofounder of MME Film- u. TV-Produktions- GmbH. Initiator and founder of VIVA TV channel. In 2002 won the Echo
prize (Media Person of the Year), in 2004 won the Deutscher Filmpreis. Joint proprietor and manager of DEF Media GmbH and Radio Doria Film GmbH together with Jan-Josef Liefers.

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Heiko Lange

German documentary filmmaker. After taking a degree in sports science worked for television as a director, writer and producer. In 2011 co-founded the production company “scenes from”. His documentary The Noise of Cairo (2011) won awards at international festivals. B-Movie is his second documentary film.

Selected filmography

2015 B-movie: Lust & Sound in West Berlin 1979 – 1989

2011 The Noise of Cairo

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Klaus Maeck

German producer and director. In 1979 opened “Rip Off”, Hamburg’s first record store for punk music. His feature DECODER (1984) became a cult film beyond the punk scene. Directed and produced William S. Burroughs: Commissioner of Sewers (1991) and Liebeslieder: Einsturzende Neubauten (1993). In 2003 cofounded Corazón International production company. In 2008 won the German Film Award for the Best Feature Film for the production of Fatih Akin's The Edge of Heaven (2007). In 2013 founded Interzone Pictures.

Selected filmography

2007 The Edge of Heaven

1993 Liebeslieder: Einsturzende Neubauten

1991 William S. Burroughs: Commissioner of Sewers