DESSAU DANCERS – THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF BREAKDANCE IN EAST GERMANY

DESSAU DANCERS

By Jan Martin SCHARF

ARRI MEDIA INTERNATIONAL - as SALES All rights, World

Historical - Completed 2014

Dessau, East Germany, 1985: 18-year-old Frank and his friends have been infected by Breakdance fever. At first they are suspiciously monitored by the ruling regime. But when the socialist government realizes that it cannot stop them, they try to exploit
them instead.


Festivals
& Awards

Munich Filmfest 2014
Filmkunstmesse Leipzig 2014
TIFF Next Wave Film Festival 2015
BUFF IFF 2015
    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • Historical, Family
    • Countries
    • GERMANY
    • Languages
    • GERMAN
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Jan Martin SCHARF
    • Writer(s)
    • Ruth TOMA
    • Producer(s)
    • Janna VELBER (Boogiefilm), Helge SASSE (Senator Film Köln/Cologne), Solveig FINA (Senator Film Köln/Cologne)
    • Synopsis
    • “Under the guise of ‘acrobatic show dancing,’ breakdancing is brought to the Communist masses in DESSAU DANCERS, from director Jan Martin Scharf. Combining a certain nostalgia for East Germany à la GOOD BYE, LENIN! with the impressive moves of youth-driven dance films such as the STEP UP and STREET DANCE franchises, this entertaining, 1980s-set dramedy recycles tropes from several genres without ever becoming a single whole, a mainstream crowd-pleaser with pretensions of socio-political and historical relevance.” (The Hollywood Reporter)
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