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THE RED COCKATOO

by Dominik Graf

synopsis

Dresden in the Spring of 1961 – four months before the Berlin Wall was built. Siggi, aged 20, comes to Dresden, with the aim of taking up art studies with his parent's financial support. But his plans are foiled when he meets and falls in love with a young poet named Luise, whose poems are banned from publication in the recently founded GDR. Luise introduces Siggi to the “Red Cockatoo”, a notorious nightclub that dares to play music from the West – something unheard of in the GDR at the time. Siggi soon makes friends with Wolle, Luise’s fun-loving husband. Although there’s bound to be a Stasi informer among the group, passing on to the department every single detail about what goes on in the “Red Cockatoo”, Siggi finds himself being drawn deeper into this clique of young beatniks.

international title: The Red Cockatoo
original title: Der Rote Kakadu
country: Germany
sales agent: Global Screen GmbH (a brand of Telepool GmbH)
year: 2006
genre: fiction
directed by: Dominik Graf
film run: 129'
release date: DE 16/02/2006, FR 02/01/2008
screenplay: Karin Åström, Michael Klier
cast: Jessica Schwarz, Max Riemelt, Ronald Zehrfeld, Tanja Schleiff, Ingeborg Westphal
cinematography by: Benedict Neuenfels
film editing: Christel Suckow
costumes designer: Barbara Grupp
music: Dieter Schleip
producer: Manuela Stehr, Stefan Gärtner, David Groenewold, Alicia Remírez
production: X Filme Creative Pool, Seven Pictures Film, German Filmproduction GFP
distributor: X Verleih, CTV (FR)
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