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The long Summer of Theory

GER 2017, 81 min

“What is to be done?“ Three women, their demand for political action and the question of how to put it into a reality.


“What is to be done?“ three women with artistic and creative professions in temporary living conditions are wondering. They are sharing a flat in an old building close to Berlin Central Station. The area is one of the city’s last remaining gaps between buil­dings. They decide to end their flat share as soon as the first trenches will be dug. With mixed feelings they are heading towards the time when their spontaneous life comes to an end, which means they have to make one or more (life) decisions eventually. The current flat is a symbol for their own life scripts so far: unformed and all bets are off but it already starts to be uncomfortable. They spend the remaining days in their flat with friends, celebrations, discussions and the strong feeling for the dawning of a new era.

THE LONG SUMMER OF THEORY is a collection of staged episodes for a movie the three women are shooting. In a discursive and entertainig way the demand for political action is framed and put into practice. Real authors appear in the movie and reflect the life of the three women on the basis of theoretical, sociological and philosophical texts. That way they review the suitability for daily use of words. At the end of the film the move-out and the departure into political awareness is due “What is to be done?“ becomes “Let‘s do it!“



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Language: German, Subtitles: English, Spanish


Director and Screenplay
Irene von Alberti
Julia Zange, Katja Weilandt, Martina Schöne-Radunski, Timo Jacobs, Mario Mentrup, Lukas Steltner, Paula Knüpling, Tina Pfurr, Niklas Kohrt, Jörg Rühl, Jakob Bieber, Fabian Joest Passamonte, Hans Piesbergen, Aljoscha Weskott, Marek Iwicki, Hassan Issa, Susanne Bredehöft, Toby Ashraf, Simon Elson, David Hantelius, Per Warberg, Ronnie Mertens, Luisa Rathmann, the cuntroaches
Interview partners (in the order in which they appear)
Philipp Felsch, Rahel Jaeggi, Lilly Lent und Andrea Trumann, Carl Hegemann, Jutta Allmendinger, Boris Groys
Director of Photography
Jenny Lou Ziegel
Silke Botsch
Original Sound
Rainer Gerlach
Production Design and Costume Design
Janina Audick
Make-up Artist
Ljiljana Müller
Key Grip
Markus Koob
Assistant Director
Stefan Nickel
Viviana Kammel
Film Editing Advice
Janina Herhoffer
1st AC
Annika Eysel
Assistant Sound
Misha Bours, Ron Klober
Assistant Production Design and Costume Design
Franziska Sauer
2nd Assistant Costume Design
Daniela Zorrozua
Simone Kreska
Standby Prop
Marlene Gartner
Additional Make-up   
Anke Thot
Additional Assistant Sound  
Konrad Schlaich
Antonio Venegas
Trainee Lighting and Trainee DoP
Paul von Heymann
Trainee Set Manager
Lennart Romahn
Drone Operator
Stephan Zirwes
Set Manager
Sascha Wiese
1st Set Manager
Marie Christin Wartenberg
Assistant Producer
Julia M. Müller
Frieder Schlaich
Produced by
Filmgalerie 451
Supported by
Die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien (BKM)


Full length interviews with Philipp Felsch, Rahel Jaeggi, Lilly Lent & Andrea Trumann, Carl Hegemann, Jutta Allmendinger, Boris Groys (149 min), Zusätzliche Szenen, Alternative beginning (6 min), Original cinema trailer (2 min)
Country Code
PAL / Color
81 min + 157 min Extras
Aspect Ratio
Sound Format
Stereo and DD 5.1
Softbox (Set Inhalt: 1), Booklet with texts and photos
Release date
Without age restriction

Distribution Details

Screening Format
DCP (2K, 24 fps, 5.1)
Blu-ray Disc
Aspect Ratio
English, Spanish
Promotion Material
Trailer, A1 poster
License Area
Without age restriction