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Joschka and Mr. Fischer

Synopsis

He was a student activist, an urban guerrilla, a taxi driver; Joseph “Joschka” Fischer emerged from the Extra-parliamentary Opposition (APO) to become Hessen’s sneaker-clad environment minister and Germany’s suited and booted foreign minister. Director Pepe Danquart follows Joschka’s colourful life through six decades of postwar Germany from the phoney fifties, to the wild APO days, through the “leaden times” of RAF-terror and on to the advent of the anti-nuclear movement and the birth of the Green Party, then all the way up to the fall of the Berlin Wall and Germany’s first red-green coalition. Danquart’s film is a time machine hurtling through the decades with Joschka at the helm gazing out - often in astonishment - at the epochs that shaped him, as he did them.

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Press release:

Joschka and Mr. Fischer reaches far beyond biographic narrative. Oscar-winning director Pepe Danquart (Schwarzfahrer – Black Rider, Hell on Wheels, To the Limit) presents an entertaining and insightful exploration of post-war Germany including previously unseen footage. He depicts the country’s long search for democracy and her struggle to shake off the horrors of the past. Joschka Fischer’s thoughtful and often self-depreciating responses when confronted with provocative scenes from Germany’s history as well as his own, invites us to see him in a new light. Joschka made history – there’s no doubt about it. But it was Germany’s own unique history, which paved the way for a career such as his. By inviting Joschka’s contemporaries in front of the camera - e.g. actress Katharina Thalbach, European MP Daniel Cohn-Bendit, as well as Fehlfarben band members – Danquart rounds off his documentary with a controversial and entertaining kaleidoscopic retrospective of ‘those breathless days’ gone by…

EPK/Electronic Press Kit, interview (in German): “Geschichte kann man nur mit Haltung erzählen!” (“History is always told with perspective!”)

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Cast: Joschka Fischer, Hans Koschnick, Kathi Thalbach, Daniel Cohn Bendit, Roger de Weck, Jonny Klike, Peter Grohmann, Jürgen Hempel, Marie-Reine Haug, Knofo Kröcher, Fehlfarben

Crew:

Writer/director: Pepe Danquart
Cinematographers: Christopher Häring, Kolja Brandt
Editor: Toni Froschhammer
Sound: Jakob Illgner
Music: Thom, Sebastian Padotzke
Foley artist: Matz Müller

Producer: Mirjam Quinte,
Production Manager: Henry Rehorek
Co-producer: Swiss Schweizer

Distribution: X-Verleih, Berlin

Funding: FFA, MBB (Medienboard), Hessische Filmförderung, DFFF, BKM, Zürcher Filmstifung, Bundesamt für Kultur,

Senderbeteiligung: SWR, RBB, arte, Schweizerfernsehen (SRG)

140 Minuten, 35mm, premier May, 2011

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