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DRAGAN WENDE WEST BERLIN

Thursday, 21.1.2016, at 8pm

In this tragicomic documentary set between West-Berlin and former Yugoslavia, the young cameraman Vuk from Belgrade embarks on the trail of his eccentric uncle Dragan Wende, who once was the street king of West-Berlin’s 1970s hedonistic disco scene. Earning easy money in Berlin’s most famous nightclubs, work and play went hand in hand. Furthermore, thanks to their Yugoslav passport, Dragan Wende and his friends could easily pass from West-Berlin to East-Berlin: they thus profited from the Berlin Wall like few others, made quick money by ‘importing’ goods and hard currency and were loved by the Eastern Ladies. But in 1989 the Wall fell. Suddenly the border was open to everyone and everything changed. In Lena Müller & Dragan von Petrovic’s film we can observe a microcosm of underdogs and their survival strategies in absurd and sit-comic situations. Archive flashbacks interweave the history of West-Berlin with the story of Dragan Wende. An intimate and entertaining underground family-tale about the “Losers of Change” in a still-divided city.

Directed by Dragan von Petrovic & Lena Müller
Germany/ Serbia, 2013, 87 min., Original w/ English subtitles
draganwende.com