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BATTLEFLAG, THE [STANDARTE, DIE]

Director: Ottokar Runze
Screenplay: Herbert Asmodi
Director of Photography: Michael Epp
Cast: Simon Ward; Siegfried Rauch; Viktor Staal; Veronica Forqué
Country, Year of production:
D; E; A, 1976
Color: Color
Genre: War; Drama

Towards the end of 1918 soldiers in the Austrian Army know, things are not going well. An army cadet arrives in Belgrad and receives the order to serve in a regiment which is accompanying a Hannoverian princess on her return to Vienna. His superior officers are oblivious to the simple fact, that the slavs who have been drafted into the army are not willingly to fight very hard and as a consequence, they suffer serious defeats. After the dead of the officers he is entrusted with the task of returning the regiments battleflag to the Habsburg royal family.

HELLO SISTERS, THE [HALLO SISTERS, DIE]

Director: Ottokar Runze
Screenplay: Richard Hey; Lisa Kristwaldt
Director of Photography: Michael Epp
Cast: Ilse Werner; Gisela May; Harald Juhnke; Ulrich Wildgruber
Country, Year of production:
D, 1990
Color: Color
Genre: Drama; Comedy

Back in the 1950´s Babsie and Maika were a popular singing duet: "The Hello Sisters". Now both women are in their early 70´s, Babsie working as a cleaning lady and Maika running a musical instrument shop. Their one time manager Henne convinces them to try a comeback. Finally they make it to a tv show, but in the course of the events Henne dies on a mixture of booze and stress.

HIGH SOCIETY LIMITED [FEINE GESELLSCHAFT - BESCHRAENKTE HAFTUNG]

Director: Ottokar Runze
Screenplay: Richard Hey
Director of Photography: Michael Epp
Cast: Lilli Palmer; Elisabeth Bergner; Hardy Krüger; Vadim Glowna
Country, Year of production:
D, 1982
Color: Color
Genre: Comedy

What could possibly happen in just 24 hours? Else's banker commits suicide after having lost her life savings. Her baglady sister decides to console her by bringing over a wino friend and two nice men she just met outside a bank(that they just robbed. Else?s boyfriend Harms is on his way over with his delivery truck, which unbenounced to him is carrying the bank robbery loot. The robbers decide to make up for their lost loot by robbing the newly impoverished Else. What could possibly happen in just 24 hours? Quite a lot.

HUNDRED YEARS OF BRECHT [HUNDERT JAHRE BRECHT]

Director: Ottokar Runze
Screenplay: Ottokar Runze; Hanne Hiob
Director of Photography: Michael Epp
Cast: Hanne Hiob; Karl Michael Balzer; Meret Becker; Udo Samel
Country, Year of production:
D, 1997
Color: Color
Genre: Biography

This film is an hommage to the poet who - like no other German writer in exile - has expressed the plight of his compatriots during the Nazi regime and the crimes committed by the opressors. In scenes from his favourite plays and in songs, poems and autobiografical notes which are interwoven whith each other we discover an image of Germany as it was then and as it is now, how very much Brecht is still our contempory.

LINDA

Director: Ottokar Runze
Screenplay: Michel Bergman
Director of Photography: Michael Epp
Cast: Christel Harthaus; Walter Renneisen; Paul Hubschmid; Wolfgang Spier
Country, Year of production:
D, 1991
Color: Color
Genre: Comedy

Linda, a selfaware and attractive woman, takes on the challenge of a life time. Full of energy and with a lot of creativity, she makes sure that her bankrupt husband gets out from under his mounting debt, while at the same time she turns her dream of making a movie into reallity.

LORD OF BARMBEK [LORD VON BARMBECK, DER]

Director: Ottokar Runze
Screenplay: Ottokar Runze; Inken Sommer
Director of Photography: Michael Epp; Horst Schier
Cast: Martin Lüttge; Judy Winter; Inken Sommer; Simone Rethel
Country, Year of production:
D, 1972
Color: Color
Genre: Comedy

Julius Adolf Peterson was a legendary burglar in the Hamburg of the 1920´s.The film is a nostalgia inducing Robbery-Murder ballad and Martin Lüttge jumps from being a rough and tumble bumpkin, to a greasy little crook and finaly charmingly galant villain in a tail coat. His observations and lamentations, spoken directly into the camera: crumpled moralizing and constructively philosophizing, are a wonderful mixture of arrogant officiales and blunt jargon. The sets are exact and atmospheric and not at all synthetic.

STAR WITHOUT SKY [STERN OHNE HIMMEL]

Director: Ottokar Runze
Screenplay: Leonie Ossowski
Director of Photography: Michael Epp
Cast: Manfred Gliewe; Andreas Hameder; Hieronymus Blösser; Martin Fuchs
Country, Year of production:
D, 1980
Color: Color
Genre: Drama

At the very end of WW II in a small town near Berlin, artillery fire is constantly heard in the distance as the Russian army advances on the town. A school and church are now serving as home to a mix of fleeing refugees that embody most of the political spectrum found in Germany as a whole. A young Jewish boy is among the refugees, and when he openly tells them about the concentration and extermination ...

VIOLA AND SEBASTIAN [VIOLA UND SEBASTIAN]

Director: Ottokar Runze
Screenplay: Ottokar Runze
Director of Photography: Horst Schier
Cast: Karin Hübner; Frank Glaubrecht; Inken Sommer; Michael J. Boyle
Country, Year of production:
D, 1972
Color: Color
Genre: Comedy; Romance

Shakespeare´s Twelfth Night is adapted to modern times in this German production. The cast find themselves in a marshy region along the North Sea known as Slesvick. Duke Orsino ("If music be the food of love, play on?") is a dejected land-baron, Olivia a vacationing young widow, and so on. Despite updating the life situations of the characters, this classic tale of mistaken identity and true love is basically unchanged.