Before I moved to Berlin in 2012, if I closed my eyes and thought about the city, I would remember the videos I saw while growing up in Brazil. Most of it was focused on the divided city and a mixture of punk rock and hedonism.
But this West Berlin in the 80s doesn’t exist anywhere besides some memories and videos that some people shot back them. This is what B-Movie is all about.
B-Movie might be the first video that captures the essence of all that happened in West Berlin in the 80s.
B-Movie gives you a first-person point of view of what West-Berlin in the 80s used to look and feel like. The movie is narrated by Mark Reeder, a musician and record producer responsible for discovering the teenage Paul van Dyk. It features a vast number of people, from Nick Cave to Tilda Swinton, who once cycled the Berlin Wall in Cycling The Frame.
In 1986, (experimental filmmaker) Knut Hoffmeister organised a party behind the squatted Bethanien hospital in Kreuzberg to celebrate 25 years of the wall. Just like they did in ’81, they painted the wall white and used it as a screen for their Super 8 movies. This time they projected their movies right across the ‘death strip’ onto a house in East Berlin. There was no censorship, no regulations – everybody could do what he or she wanted.
These are the words from the director Jörg A. Hoppe and shows a little piece of what you are going to be able to see on the cinemas from May 21st, 2015, onwards.
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