25 km/h by Markus Goller makes headway
by Bénédicte Prot
- A road movie about two brothers by the director who brought us the much-loved film Friendship! is due to hit German cinemas this autumn, starring Lars Eidinger, Sandra Hüller and Bjarne Mädel
Markus Goller has once again teamed up with Oliver Ziegenbalg, who wrote the screenplay for Friendship! [+see also:
film profile] (the most popular German film in 2010 with more than 1.5 million admissions), to work on his 7th feature film, 25km/h [+see also:
film profile]. Goller recently founded the production company Sunny Side Up with Ziegenbalg, producing his film as their first project, in co-production with Deutsche Columbia Pictures Filmproduktion, Pictures in a Frame, Mythos Film, Traumfabrik Babelsberg (run by Tom Zickler, already a producer of Friendship!, which was inspired by an affair he experienced in his youth) and 26. Babelsberg Film.
Goller has also selected a highly-skilled cast, including the omnipresent Lars Eidinger (seen last year in the series Sense8 and due to star in six films plus a mini-series this year), Bjarne Mädel (24 Weeks [+see also:
Q&A: Anne Zohra Berrached
film profile]), the star of Toni Erdmann [+see also:
Q&A: Maren Ade
film profile], Sandra Hüller, the young fashionable actress Jella Haase (known for the role of Chantal in the very popular saga Suck Me Shakespeer [+see also:
interview: Jella Haase
film profile] 1, 2 and 3 byBora Dagtekin), Alexandra Maria Lara,and Jördis Triebel (recently at Berlin Film Festival in the excellent The Silent Revolution [+see also:
The film tells the story of two very different brothers who have not seen each other for 20 years: city manager Christian (Eidinger) and cabinetmaker Georg (Mädel), who never left their hometown and took care of their father until his passing. When their father dies and Christian returns, after all this time, for the funeral, the alcohol helping, the brothers decide on a whim to hop on mopeds and fulfil an old dream: travelling through Germany together on two wheels. This journey will offer them a series of incredible adventures and encounters, as well as the opportunity to rediscover themselves.
Filming on 25 km/h took place from 1August to 20 September in several regions, naturally corresponding to the regional funding received in Germany: the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg fund (€300,000), the FFF Bayern fund (€250,000), the North Rhine-Westphalia NRW fund (€100,000), the Schleswig-Holstein Hamburg fund (€225 000), and the Baden-Württemberg fund (€100 000) coming from the regions of North Rhine-Westphalia, Schleswig-Holstein and the Berlin-Brandenburg. 25 km/h has also been supported at a national level by the Federal DFFF Fund (€829,280) and the FFA (€494,000). Sony Pictures Germany will be distributing the film on German screens on 1 November 2018.
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