On the outskirts of Berlin, German writer Moritz von Uslar sets off in pursuit of East German clichés like unemployment, alcoholism, emigration and right-wing radicalism. With great empathy and intuition Uslar observes and describes what he discovers in the provincial town of Zehdenick: homeland pension, a pils at the bar, a barbecue under the German flag, hanging out at the Aral petrol station – and the everyday life of young men who, although they may not have a particularly great future ahead of them, have a pretty keen sense of humour. The film is a thoughtful story involving insider observations which makes for a great piece of contemporary history. It describes Germany, 20 years after reunification, in a sometimes drastic but always loving and completely original way.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
Date of birth 30th of August 1966.
Education: 1987-1992 Degree in History and Journalism at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich; 1987-1993 Studies at the German School of Journalism, Munich; freelance journalist for Die Zeit, Frankfurter Rundschau, Kölner Stadtanzeiger and taz; since 1992 freelance director for WDR, ARD, stern TV, 3sat, ZDF and ARTE; April 1999 until May 2002 Editor and Journalist of the “Kultur aktuell“-series (“Culture Today“) of the Westdeutscher Rundfunk in Cologne; since 2002 partner of FLORIANFILM GmbH, Cologne.