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.

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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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