DJ on the verge of a nervous breakdown
by Bénédicte Prot
After Berlin Is in Germany and One Day in Europe, Hannes Stöhr (see interview) continues to base his work in his favourite cities. The young director’s new project about techno music, Berlin Calling (initially entitled "Ickarus"), is currently being shot in Berlin and Amsterdam.
Produced by Karsten Aurich for Berlin studio Sabotage Films and supported by the MBB regional fund (€300,000), Berlin Calling was written by Stöhr.
The story revolves around a Berlin DJ nicknamed Ickarus (played by techno DJ Paul Kalkbrenner, making his film debut), who is on a worldwide club tour with his girlfriend and manager Mathilde (Rita Lengyel). While preparing an album and living a fast-paced life, like Greek hero Icarus, his wings begin to melt and drug abuse lands him straight in a psychiatric hospital.
For its director, the film – also starring Corinna Harfouch (who will soon be seen in Aftermath by Oscar-winning director Caroline Link) as the psychiatrist, Mehdi Nebbou (Sleeper, Running on Empty) and Erdal Yildiz (One Day in Europe) – represents "a musical portrait of the Berlin of today, from intoxication, ecstasy, hope, art and madness, friendship and family, music and passion for life… to naturally, love".
The film will be released by Movienet Filmverleih in 2008.
(Translated from French)
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