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by Lars Jessen


It’s the summer of 1984 in the Baltic coastal village of Schmalenstedt. Seven teen-year-old Malte Ahrens has just ‘discovered’ punk, which has just arrived in Schmalenstedt. One day, Malte and his friends are invited to a party. The question arises of how to get a girl and the quartet hit upon an idea that gets them all going: “let’s become musicians and form a band!” At the same time, Roddy meets Maria, and is utterly smitten. The band’s rehearsals prove to be a lot more difficult than they envisaged; worse still, their first gig is a complete disaster. More - over, when Roddy’s mates trash everything in sight at Maria’s party, Maria refuses to have anything more to do with Roddy. The band’s disintegration is inevitable, and Roddy senses that the four friends are drifting apart. It’s not until he meets a neighbour’s son, Schwaster, that Roddy finds his own definition of punk and with it, a bit of freedom.

international title: Small-Town Punks
original title: Dorfpunks
country: Germany
sales agent: The Match Factory
year: 2009
genre: fiction
directed by: Lars Jessen
release date: DE 23/04/2009
screenplay: Norbert Eberlein
cast: Cecil von Renner, Ole Fischer, Pit Bukowski, Daniel Michel, Laszlo Horwitz, Samuel Auer, Axel Prahl
cinematography by: Michael Tötter
film editing: Sebastian Schultz
costumes designer: Ingken Benesch
music: Jakob Ilja
producer: Florian Koerner von Gustorf, Michael Weber
production: Schramm Film Koerner & Weber, NDR - Norddeutscher Rundfunk
backing: German Federal Film Board (FFA), BKM, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FilmFoerderung Hamburg
distributor: Piffl Medien Filmverleih, MCF Megacom
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