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6th DMZ Docs(2014)

I AM DOCU



Dragan Wende of How the Trabant Invaded West Berlin and Ruined My Uncle’s Kingdom

Lena MÜLLER, Dragan von PETROVIC

  • Germany
  • 2013
  • 87min
  • DCP
  • color

Synopsis

A bordello doorman in West-Berlin wants the Wall and his past back. The Yugoslav immigrant Dragan WENDE used to be the street king of West-Berlin’s 1970s hedonistic disco scene. Along with his friends, he roamed the nightclubs on both sides of the Wall – his pockets full of Western money. But when the Wall fell, everything changed. Dragan has not set foot in East Berlin for the past 20 years and has no intention to do so. A microcosm of underdogs and their survival strategies unfolds as a tragicomedy in a still-divided city. A crazy piece of world history told from the kitchen of an eccentric and washed-up bordello doorman. A moving piece of family history, told in the historical dimension of the Cold War. A loving portrait full of (black) humor, stunning archives and music: moving, educational and entertaining.

Review

Director

  • Lena MÜLLER

    Grew up in Berlin and in Paris, studied Philosophy, Political Science and Economics at Oxford University, worked for a human rights think-tank in Belgrade devising large-scale civil society projects, turned to acting in theatre and film and to producing.She has been working in documentary films since 2007: she developed, produced, directed and distributed documentaries all over the world. Dragan Wende or How the Trabant Invaded West Berlin and Ruined My Uncle’s Kingdom (2013)​ 

  • Dragan von PETROVIC

    Grew up in Leskovac, South Serbia. He studied philosophy at the University of Belgrade and worked as a sports journalist for the TV station Studio B. He finished the AFC Film Directing School before enrolling in the Film Editing Department at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. He works as a freelance film editor on creative documentaries and fiction feature films, as well as an editing doctor on documentary films.Dragan Wende or How the Trabant Invaded West Berlin and Ruined My Uncle’s Kingdom (2013)​ 

Credit

  • ProducerLena MÜLLER
  • Cinematography Vuk MAKSIMOVIC
  • Editor Dragan von PETROVIC

Contact

Contact   von.müller.film

Email  lenamuller@googlemail.com​