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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

Press reviews

Berlin, summer 2016. Filmmaker Nola, noise-punk singer Katja and actress Martina’s days of hanging around their apartment are numbered after being threatened with eviction by property speculators. Eschewing traditional narrative, Irene von Alberti serves up a film within a film through the character of Nola as an unconventional way of asking questions of how these things happen. Part lecture, part dream-like surrealism, Von Alberti puts theoretical discussion surrounding topics like feminism, anarchism and how to keep your art and your community afloat in the forefront as the three friends learn that simply sharing ideas is the first step to changing the world. (Jenny Browne, EXBERLINER, 25.1.2018)

The spirit of rebellion will be in the air at the Munich Film Festival, which will be occupied by movies focusing on young people protesting against how their societies are run and seeking out a new utopia. One of the German films that reflects the theme of “creative resistance” is “The Long Summer of Theory,” says Christoph Groener, who programs the New German Cinema section. The film reflects the feeling among the young that “what is needed is to move from solipsistic thinking to practical doing.” Irene von Alberti’s pic centers on three women whose apartment is threatened by property speculators. They decide to change their lives, and are “trying to think of new creative forms of living together” that incorporate a sense of “social solidarity.” The movie “wants to create a new activism where the film itself might be just a starting point and wants to infuse audiences with the need to talk to each other and find ways to create a new society, a new utopia, in which we can thrive,” says Groener. (Leo Barraclough, Variety, 22.6.2017)

Awards and Festivals

- Filmfest München 2017
- Festival des deutschen Films 2017
- NIHRFF Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival 2017
- Filmz – Festival des deutschen Kinos 2017
- Filmmor Women’s Film Festival Istanbul 2018
- Filmmor Women’s Film Festival on Wheels Trabzon, Izmir, Antalya, Bodrum, Mersin, Adana, Diyarbakı 2018
- Tiburon International Film Festival 2018
- Uçan Süpürge 21. Uluslararası Kadın Filmleri Festivali Ankara 2018
- Crossing Europe Filmfestival Linz 2018
- Berlin Art Film Festival 2018
- Deutsche Filmwoche Goethe-Institut Mexiko 2018
- Zilele Filmului German #13 Goethe-Institut Bukarest 2018
- Festival de Cine Alemán Madrid 2019
- 24 Stunden Gegenkultur – Internationales Filmfest Oldenburg, Filme Nonstop Berlin 2019
- Festival de Cine México Alemania CineMA 2020


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)
German Theatrical Release
German Premiere
Filmfest München 24.06.2017


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