Berlin Calling

Synopsis: A man tours clubs around the globe with his manager and girlfriend. On the eve of their largest album release he is admitted to a psychiatric clinic after overdosing at a gig.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Director(s): Hannes Stöhr
  4 nominations.
100 min

This is wicked.

This is going on it, too.

So the album is... done.

I don't know...

- You don't know?

About the tracks or what?

I've heard all of your new tracks.

I think you can do better.

Your new stuff is so... random.

Half-baked, you know. Just calm down

and work on it. Concentrate.


- Relax, sure.

How can I when I'm playing all the time?

What have you got against my tracks?

You probably didn't even listen to them.

My sh*t rocks,


The new album can be released.

Subscriber present.

- Hi Icka, it's me.

Erbse, how are you?

- Can I come upstairs?- Come on up.

See you in a sec.

The tax office is sending

more payment notices! Are they crazy?

We're in the clear. We paid everything.

The second half was so boring.

They have to warm up. - Warm up?

What are they getting paid for?

- They need to warm up.

That'd be the 15th and 16th.

Yes, sure. That's great.

Sorry, I won't be able to make it.

Hey, Mathilde, how are you?

No, it depends on

when the new album comes out.

I'll call when I have the dates

together. Please don't forget

about the Moscow gig.

It would fit in perfectly.

Good. Bye then.

Yes, Alice. I'll talk with him.

I don't want Erbse

in our apartment anymore.

Yes, Mommy.

Is that ketamine?

Why are you always taking something?

I'm just relaxing.


It's an electric saw, Icka.

They're working outside.

And? Feeling better?

Back on track.

Dude, what a blast.

I'm gonna party. You coming?

One more line?

I've had enough.

I heard you were in Holland?

Open Air Festival?

Yeah, how did you know?

Your website.

Oh, right.

Holland, France...

I just got back into town.

And? Your girlfriend?

She always comes with me. You know that.

And you?

I'm alright.

You still doing your apprenticeship?

- Yeah, but it's boring.

Jenny, didn't you want to sing?

- I don't know.

What about your album?

When is it coming out?

My album? Soon.

And it is going to be the bomb!

Got any plans? Now?

- I have to go.


- Really important. - Seriously?


- Is there another after hour?

It's my father's birthday.

- Really?

"Work is to man

as flight is to birds,"

said Martin Luther.

Every man

is called by God to his profession.

In doing his job,

he is helping his neighbors.

Helping one's neighbors

includes many other things

such as

treating the environment with respect.

It is scandalous how dependent

we have become on the airplane.

Climate change, global warming

are directly due to mankind's behavior.

Mankind faces

its greatest challenge ever.

We must change our behavior

or we will make our planet

uninhabitable for future generations!

Man must understand

that he is responsible

for his actions!

The work climate is great.

I'd like to stay there.

Depending on how many projects come in,

we'll see if I can get a contract.

How many internships have you done?

- Don't answer him,


- He gets one internship after another

and they earn all the money.

You study till you're 30,

intern till you're 40, then you go

onto unemployment. Great system.

At least he's trying

and he's come a long way.

He finished school, got a degree...

- All this again?

I've been earning my money

since I was 18. Is that a problem?

Will it last?. You look unwell.

- Stop it!

Icka's right. I am being used.

To you, Father.

To you two.

Happy birthday, Father.

- Thank you.

No thanks. I have to work tonight.

How is your girlfriend, Mathilde?

How is she?


And your new album?

Super. I gotta get it done now.

I'm almost there. Then Mathilde

and I are going on vacation.

The south of France or something.

You want the record release party here?

I'll have to block the date.

When do you want?.

- I'll have to talk with Alice

from the label.

I'll write it in.

It'd be great to do the release here.

- I agree.


- Corinna! - Be right there.



Have you seen Ickarus?

On stage earlier. Not since then.

Have fun looking.


If you're looking for me,

I'm doing the door, honey.

Have you seen Ickarus?

- Awhile ago.

Give him anything?

I asked you a question.

What is wrong with you? Are you nuts?

What did you give him?

- Pills. MDMA, no big deal.

You want one, too?


Give me two.

On the house.

Good stuff, from Benelux.

Start with a quarter.

Supposed to be hefty.

I don't want you giving Ickarus

keta, crystal or any hardcore stuff.

No keta, no crystal, are we clear?

- Yes.

Did you find Icka?

No. What are you doing after?

Why? I'm almost finished.

What is it?.


Excuse me. Are you

a guest here?

And I love your breakfast.

But it is so warm in here.

You feel that?.

Heatwave. Whoa...

Man, I'm bleeding...

I'm bleeding.

Your friend is doing well.

He is in acute care.

We'd like to put him in the open ward,

he is lucky, we have a bed free.

If you could bring him some things.

His clothes were full of yoghurt.

We're having them cleaned.

- How long do you think

he'll have to stay? - We'll have to see

if his psychosis is drug induced

or if the symptoms persist.

In cases of acute intoxication,

insurance will usually pay

for between 7 and 21 days here.

Then we'll see how he's doing.

First we need to find out

what kind of pill he ran into.

Try testing these pills.

Ickarus probably took one.

Hello, Mr. Karow. I'm Alex,

the civilian service assistant.

I'll need

hair and urine samples from you.

But I guess we can forget the hair.

Man, aren't you DJ Ickarus?

I'm Ickarus.

Oh man!

I was at the Erfurt Open Air last year!

I danced my ass off!

Oh man, so cool, so...

It was so great, yeah...

Nice to have you here.

How are you feeling?

- Bad trip yesterday.

What do you mean?

That wasn't normal ecstasy.

That pill was bad. Really evil.

I have never sweated like that.

I totally felt the fear.

- Of what?.

Of like... myself.

I kept thinking

my heart was going to stop.

I saw my death.

What did your death look like?

I think Death

just stopped in to say hi.

And now? How are you feeling?

My heart is still racing.

But I feel better.

Let's see what the lab says.

I'm anxious to know what you took.

I would like to emphasize

that your stay is voluntary.

If I can't take it, I'll leave.

Right. The garden is open during the day

but the doors are locked at night.

If you want to leave the hospital,

you have to tell me.

Can I have my computer and controller?

- What kind of controller?

A thing with buttons. For making music.

For my work.

- Oh. Yes, yes.

You're welcome to work here

if you don't disturb the others.


Then I'll stay till the results are in.

Not a day longer! - Good.

Professor Doctor Petra Paul...

"Drugs, Art and Rebellion. "

"Andreas Baader was on speed,

Aldous Huxley on LSD,

Rainer Werner Fassbinder on cocaine.

Berlin doctor, Petra Paul

assesses her time as a student

from a neurological perspective.

You're welcome to read it.

No thanks.

Very funny.

Are you worried about the gigs?

- We can cancel the gigs.

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Hannes Stöhr

Hannes Stöhr (born 1970) is a German film director and screenwriter. He studied Scriptwriting and Directing at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin from 1994 to 1999. In 2006 Stöhr was a Villa Aurora grant recipient and lived for six months in Los Angeles, California. Hannes speaks German, Spanish, English, French and Portuguese. Stöhr is member of the European Filmacademy, lectures film at Film Academy Baden-Württemberg, Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin and the Goethe Institute. He lives in Berlin. more…

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