Berlin Calling: Christiane F (18)


29 January 2015
Cinema 2

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The West Berlin of the 70s and 80s was flooded with hard drugs discovered by many young people, including the heroine of this true-life tale, at the Sound Discotheque, one of the city’s few nightclubs.

Based on magazine interviews with the real Christiane F and made using non-professional actors and real locations, the film traces the downward trajectory of 13-year-old Christiane from her mum’s suburban high-rise flat through Berlin’s disco scene and into the world of underage prostitution and heroin addiction centred around the Bahnhof Zoo, West Berlin’s biggest train station at the time.  

With its bleak urban locales, skinny jeans and satin bomber jackets, and David Bowie soundtrack, the film strays uncomfortably from urgent account of the depravities of heroin addiction, into the realm of cult classic.

A rare chance to see this film on the big screen.

West Germany 1981 Dir Ulrich Edel 131 min

This event is part of:
Berlin Calling

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