Wolfgang Becker

  • Wolfgang Becker – Ich und Kaminski AKA Me and Kaminski (2015)

    Wolfgang Becker2011-2020ComedyDramaGermany
    Ich und Kaminski (2015)
    Ich und Kaminski (2015)

    In this tragicomic road movie, unsuccessful young journalist Sebastian Zöllner (Daniel Brühl) is writing an article on the legendary but almost forgotten painter Manuel Kaminski. As Zöllner misuses the reclusive Kaminski under the guise of helping him reconnect with his lost love, Zöllner’s ulterior motive becomes obvious – the sooner Kaminski dies, the sooner he can cash in on the article and become famous. But misuse can be a two-way street – the elderly Kaminski doesn’t mind having someone pay his way to travel throughout Europe, thus escaping the control of his overbearing daughter Miriam. Based on world-renowned Austrian author Daniel Kehlmann’s novel of the same name, this art industry satire highlights the emptiness of blatant self-promotion while taking the audience on a true adventure.Read More »

  • Wolfgang Becker – Schmetterlinge AKA Butterflies (1988)

    1981-1990ArthouseDramaGermanyWolfgang Becker
    Schmetterlinge (1988)
    Schmetterlinge (1988)

    Synopsis by Dan Pavlides:
    When young Kaja (Lena Boehncke) is found dead, Andi (Bertram von Boxberg) is questioned by authorities. The two had spent time together along the railroad tracks where Kaja was promised by Andi that he would take her to the place where beautiful butterflies congregate. Andi is told that the girl died of injuries suffered in a fall as the police try to discover if Andi was involved. Peter Franke plays the father, with Uwe Helfrich as the police inspector.

    It won the Golden Leopard at the 1988 Locarno International Film Festival.Read More »

  • Wolfgang Becker – Good Bye Lenin! (2003)

    2001-2010DramaGermanyRomanceWolfgang Becker


    If not as dense as Godard’s Masculin Féminin, Wolfgang Becker’s Good Bye, Lenin! is an equally playful look at the effects of American globalization abroad. Christiane Kerner (Katrin Saß) is a Communist party supporter who falls into a coma after a heart attack and sleeps through the fall of the Berlin Wall and the subsequent invasion of America’s fast food joints. Looking to spare his mother further injury, Alex (Daniel Brühl) concocts an elaborate plan to convince the bedridden woman that Communism is still very much alive: He videotapes fake news programs to explain the “Trink Coca-Cola” banner outside her window and makes her believe that her favorite brands of food haven’t been replaced by cheap—but apparently similar tasting—knock-offs from Holland.Read More »

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