film & video

BERLIN BLUE

Written & directed by Hartmut Jahn, Peter Wensierski
35mm cinemascope 15 Min.  1986

THE TEAM

Cast: 
Vera Schrankl:
"Gesänge aus dem Neuen Deutschland" 

Thierry Noir und Christophe Bouchet:
"Hommage a la Fontaine" 

Joachim Lodek:
"Mauern aus Fleisch" 

Matthias Hohl-Stein:
"Mauerspiegelung" 

Wang Min, Xiao Xue He, Xue Hua Chen, Wei Huang:
"The Chinese Wall" 

Arthur Kuggeleyn
Constanze und Melanie Lange
Steffan David, Tapdance
Marianne Gräfe, Zither
Traugott Schürle, Cello
Heinz Drogies, Dolmetscher 

Musik: Johann Christian Bach: Konzert A-Moll
Jacques Offenbach: Hoffmanns Erzählungen 

Written & directed by Hartmut Jahn,
Peter Wensierski 

Director of Photography: Carlos Bustamante, Alexander Honisch
Dolly Grip: Wolfgang Kluge cineservice berlin
Sound: Klaus Klingler
Continuity: Beate Pfeiffer
Casting: Steph. Diepenbrock
Driver: Thomas Liesche
Costume & Make-up: 
Barbara Telg-Tebbe
Sound Design: 
Frieder Butzmann
Music: Bernhard Voss,
Re-Recording Mixer:
Lothar Mankewitz
Editing: Stefan Beckers
Special Effects: Geyer Lab
Graphic Design: Wilk Studio Berlin

Producer: Paul Müller
Produced by: Hartmut Jahn, Peter Wensierski
Made with the support of: Berliner Filmförderung

BERLIN BLUE / BERLINER BLAU

EN

cinemascope...?
fits for snakes and walls only...
Fritz Lang in: "Le Mepris" by J.L.Godard 

"I would like to stand with both legs on either side of the Berlin Wall at the same time.It is a shizophrenic position, maybe, but there is no otherreal one."
Heiner Müller 

A film combining disparate art forms - including the art of film itself - to paint a psychological portrait of the Berlin Wall's effect on the German psyche.
36. Melbourne Film Festival 1987 

An original, angrily political view of the Berlin Wall usingstylish avant-garde imagery.
32. London Film Festival 1988 

The most striking is the witty, fanciful and imaginative work BERLIN BLUE. With advanced technology and cleverly used special effects the Berlin Wall transforms from a political object to a subjective area for art alienation.
Filmecho/Filmwoche 

The Wall Jumpers  
The cinemascope-film "Berlin Blue" by Hartmut Jahn and Peter Wensierski contains varied performances all of which have their starting point at the wall, which functions as anartistic projection screen. 

Vera Schrankl sings from a tourist look-out "Tunes from the News: Neues Deutschland" (This newspaper was run by the leading party in East-Germany). Thierry Noir and Christophe Bouchet who paint approximately 180m of the Wall installing also an urinal upon it.
Wang Min, Xue Hua Chen, Xiao Xue Hua and Wei Huang show the witty and ironical Tourist Information Performance "TheChinese Wall".

A French author explained to me recently that the Berlin Wall is besides the Chinese Wall the only man-made construction which can be seen from outer-space. 

The film-makers avoid making too easy assessments which, in political discussions, inevitably  divide the wall into either the "anti-fascist protection wall" or the "Blemish wall".
Rather than a basic outline of existing ideas, they produce and montage an artistic work in an unique and  creative way. Using the blue-box effect one can tap-dance on the wall, mirrored images are produced upon the wall and beautiful mirages appear on it.
Another videotape produced by the combined talents of these video- artists is the "Double German Fantasy". This video experiments with the East/West media and language "war ofwords" during the fifties and sixties. Unforgettable remains one of the archive-excerpts, which show a "Young Pioneer" singing a beautiful Russian song
tip-Magazin Berlin by K.D.Schacht

If you would like to watch BERLIN BLUE please contact the studio. Thanks.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

German Filmprize Nom. 1987
Best European Short Film, Cork Int. Film Festival 1987, Irland (E.E.C.- Prize)
FBW-Prädikat: wertvoll TV-Screening: WDR  1992      

FESTIVALS

official international competition in:
 
Tampere Film Festival 1987, Finnland (Premiere)
Seattle Film Festival 1987, USA
Melbourne Int.Film Festival 1987
Barcelona Int.Film Festival 1987
San Sebastian Int.Film Festival 1987
Figuera da Foz Int.Short Film Festival 1987
Cork Int. Film Festival 1987
Uppsala Int.Film Festival 1987
Denver Int.Film Festival 1987
Bilbao Int.Short Film Festival 1987
Clermont-Ferrand Int. Short Film Festival 1988
Edinburgh Int.Film Festival 1988
London Int.Film Festival 1988 

and in
"cinema of today and tomorrow", World Film Festival Montreal, 1987
Kamerapreis der photokina 1988
HongKong Arts Centre 1989
International Audiovisueel Experimenteel, Arnheim 1989                
Academy of Motion Picture Art and Sciences 1989      
Montecatini Mostra Int. di Cinema 1990        
4.Leeds Int. Film Festival 1990
"Deutsche Filme aus Ost und West", XXI. Int. FilmfestivalVerona 1990
2. Europ. Medienkunstfestival Osnabrück 1990: in retrospective:
10 Jahre Experimentalfilm-Workshop      
Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo 1990
Int. Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen 1990,        
Retrospective "Die Mauer/The Wall", Bonner Kinemathek e.V., Bonn 7/1990
Film and TV Institute of India, Pune 10.9.1990
Arsenal Berlin, 17.10.1990        
Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley 8.11.1990
Max-Ophüls-Wettbewerb Saarbrücken, 22./25.1.1991
Int. Festival für Film- und Videokunst Györ,  Ungarn  4.5.1991
Das Kino, Ludwigshafen 31.5.1991
Goethe Institute: Hongkong 12.1989, New Delhi 9.1990, Poona 9.1990,  
San Francisco 11.1990
Tampere Intl. Film Festival, Retro, 1999
Cinémayence Mainz, März 1999      
15. Intl Hamburger Kurzfilm Festival, Juni 1999
NOVA-Festival Brüssel, Oktober 1999        
Interfilm-Festival Berlin, Oktober 1999
Interfilm-Festival Berlin,  November 2000
Dazzle Films Ltd. Bold Studio, London England  17.01.2009
Initiative Kino c/o art der stadt e. V. Gotha 28.03.2009  
Architectur Film Festival Rotterdam, Rotterdam Netherlands 01.11.2009
Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre, Budapest, Hungary, 12.12.2009  
Orfeo´s Erben, Frankfurt / Main Germany, 29.09.2010  
Tabor Film Festival, Zagreb, Kroatien, 30.07.2011

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