FEBRUARY: The years of living dangerously
- This Ain’t California
- The ATH Documentary
- I Believe I Can Fly
Where does the truth end and the lies begin? The answer is extremely risky in this controversial, yet incredibly impressive debut. Marten Persiel chronicles the adventurous lives of a handful of wild young men who dared to start their own revolution against the oppressive system, introducing skateboarding culture into East Berlin and conquering the streets (and sidewalks) of a country that deeply distrusted western influences. Real-life characters and dubious narrative interventions, dazzling super 8 footage, quick editing, dynamic actors and ace archival material paired with animation and a boombastic soundtrack blur the boundaries between reality and fiction in a film that still remains a riddle. Heavily criticized for its rather unorthodox conception and promotion (it was screened as a straight documentary film in various festivals, winning non-fiction awards that it didn’t exactly merit!), it still manages to capture the unique atmosphere of East Berlin in the 80s, exposing a slice of history that very few people knew about.