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Berlin Stories

GER 2005, 93 min

Three episodes between stage and life – exciting young German cinema and a true Berlin film!


Three directors develope three astounding tales about the German capital based on rehearsals of a play by Volksbuehne-playwright René Pollesch. The film comments on the relationship between art and life in a tongue-in-cheek way: Marlon, a young acting student, has to forget the rules of acting he has just learned before he can know how to flesh out his role. He plunges into the vortex of the city for two days and nights. Lizzy constantly stages herself, but it always goes wrong: no money, no agency, no red carpet. She meets the cute callboy Julian in a bar and turns his biography into her story. Ohboy, a flâneur, is afraid of the theater rehearsals, so he does not attend them. In a long walk down Potsdamer Strasse, which unites all of Berlin’s facets, he faces his fear of the script, and above all himself.


Rent or buy the movie on our Vimeo channel. For other providers, see “Watch Movie”.Language: German, Subtitles: English, French

Press reviews

One city, three episodes, three women directors: these are the vital statistics of Berlin Stories (Stadt als Beute). Conceived as a collaborative effort, the film was initiated by director Irene von Alberti, a fellow student of Esther Gronenborn at the Munich Film School, who in turn was a colleague of Miriam Dehne’s from the 99euro-films project, a collection of shorts in that budget range. Berlin Stories is an adaptation of dramatist and theatre director René Pollesch’s play of the same name. Contrary to the conventional play, it does not feature dialogues or a dramaturgy, but discourse and theses uttered by actors who use theri own names on stage. “René’s texts transport you into a different world,” says Alberti, who discovered an enormous potential in the openess of the play. (Kira Taszman, Screen 2005)

Awards and Festivals

- Berlinale Forum 2005

Galerie Extras

Setphotos from BERLIN STORIES.


Director and Screenplay
Irene von Alberti, Miriam Dehne, Esther Gronenborn (based on a theatre play by René Pollesch)
Richard Kropf, Inga Busch, David Scheller, Julia Hummer, Stipe Erceg, René Pollesch, RP Kahl, Anne Osterloh, Eve Natthawat- Kritsanayut, Elisabeth Rolli, Tatiani Katrantzi, Tina Pfurr
Director of Photopraphy
Dirk Heuer, Felix Leiberg, Patrick Waldmann
Assistant Camera
Wini Sulzbach, Jens Köppelmann
Robert Kummer, Daniela Kinateder
Don Philippe, und Songs von Kissogram, Naked Lunch, Boy from Brazil, Dead Meadow, Sitcom Warrior, Navel, Jeans Team und Julia Hummer
Production Design
Anette Kuhn, Irina Kromayer, Anne Gumbrecht
Assistant Production Design 
Inga Damberg, Jörn Lachmann
Gina Krauß, Lidia Visconti
Wolfgang Widmer
Sound Assistant
Felix Karrenbauer, Susanne Elgeti
Sound Design
Jochen Jezussek
Sound Mix
Matthias Schwab
Assistant Director
Kathrin Krottenthaler, Viviana Kammel, Meike Sieveking
Set Manager
Bernd Gaul
Production Manager
Christoph Amshoff
Frieder Schlaich
Produced by
Filmgalerie 451
In Coproduction with
ZDF – Das kleine Fernsehspiel (Claudia Tronnier), Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz
Founded by 
Filmförderung Baden-Württemberg, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Royal Produktion
World Premiere
15.02.2005, Berlin, IFF – Forum
German Theatrical Release


Making-of (25 min), Interview with René Pollesch (10 min), Trailer, Premiere Report Berlinale 2005, Kissogram-Clip
Country Code
PAL / Color
93 min + 35 min Extras
Aspect Ratio
Sound Format
DD 2.0 +  5.1
Set Content
Softbox (Set Inhalt: 1), 12-pages booklet
Release Date
From 12 Years

Distribution Details

Screening Format
DCP (4K, 5.1)
35mm (16mm Blow Up, Dolby SR, contact Deutsche Kinemathek)
Aspect Ratio 
35mm, 1:1,85
Promotion Material
A1 poster
License Area
From 12 years