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Thomas Brussig (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
7 October 1999 (Germany) See more »
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A group of kids grow up on the short, wrong (east) side of the Sonnenallee in Berlin, right next to... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Alexander Scheer ... Michael 'Micha' Ehrenreich

Alexander Beyer ... Mario

Robert Stadlober ... Wuschel
Teresa Weißbach ... Miriam Sommer
Detlev Buck ... ABV
Katharina Thalbach ... Mutter Ehrenreich
Henry Hübchen ... Vater Ehrenreich
Ignaz Kirchner ... Onkel Heinz
Annika Kuhl ... Sabine Ehrenreich
Elena Meißner ... Sabrina
Horst Lebinsky ... Grenzer
Martin Moeller ... Kosscke

Patrick Güldenberg ... Appel
David Müller ... Brötchen
Margit Carstensen ... Direktorin
Minh-Khai Phan-Thi ... Gast aus Vietnam (as Minh Khai Phan-Thi)
Sabine Orléans ... Pionierleiterin (as Sabine Orleans)
Steffi Kühnert ... FDJ Funktionärin
Uwe Dag Berlin ... Schallplattendealer

Waldemar Kobus ... Samson
Torsten Ranft ... Olaf (aus / from Dresden)
Steffen Scheumann ... Udo (aus / from Dresden) (as Steffen Schult)
Christine Harbort ... Gemüsefrau Raschke
Ezard Haußmann ... Mann bei Direktorin
Claudia Fritzsche ... Moppel
Susanne Kaps ... Girl at Party
Benno Frevert ... Bruder von Miriam
Hans-Uwe Bauer ... Nachbar Herr Fromm
Winfried Glatzeder ... Paul / Neighbour of Miriam

Matthias Matschke ... Sabines Georg
Michael Maertens ... Sabines Ralf Roland

Andreas Pietschmann ... Scheich von Berlin
Us Conradi ... Bürgerin der BRD
Erdmann von Garnier
Susann-Maria Hempel ... Weibliche Petze Franziska (as Susann Maria Hempel)
Michael Klobe ... Grenzer (Zoll)
Alexander von Maravic
Samir Osman ... Sabines Geistlicher Uwe
Robert Alan Packard ... Indianer
Paul Faßnacht ... Grenzsoldat
Jonathan Meese
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Samuel Maxim Benke ... Kind (uncredited)
Christian Blietz ... Grenzgänger (uncredited)
Rudi Carrell ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Leander Haußmann ... Betrunkener (uncredited)

Traute Hoess ... Miriams Mutter (uncredited)
Lena Lauzemis ... Girl at Party (uncredited)
Johanna Penski ... Miriams Nachbarin (uncredited)

Directed by
Leander Haußmann 
Writing credits
Thomas Brussig (screenplay) &
Leander Haußmann (screenplay)

Detlev Buck (collaborator on screenplay) &
Heike Sperling (collaborator on screenplay)

Thomas Brussig (novel "Am kuerzeren Ende der Sonnenallee")

Produced by
Claus Boje .... producer
Detlev Buck .... producer
Martin Ganz .... co-producer
Doris Kirch .... co-producer
Katrin Schlösser .... co-producer
Robert Stiemerling .... co-producer
Original Music by
Stephen Keusch 
Paul Lemp 
Cinematography by
Peter Krause  (as Peter-Joachim Krause)
Film Editing by
Marcel Peragine (co-editor)
Sandy Saffeels 
Casting by
Jacqueline Rietz 
Production Design by
Lothar Holler 
Costume Design by
Bert Neumann 
Makeup Department
Heike Merker .... makeup designer
Sabine Schumann .... makeup artist
Production Management
Anne Leppin .... production manager
Martin Rohrbeck .... production supervisor
Sonja Schmitt .... production supervisor
Yan Schoenefeld .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Suse Marquardt .... second assistant director
Art Department
Karin Bierbaum .... assistant art director
Dierk Grahlow .... construction manager: backlot
Robert Krüger .... scenic artist
Jonathan Meese .... installation designer: Sabrina's Room
Tobias Schroeter .... plasterer
Torsten Schwartz .... lead plasterer
Sergej Simonenko .... head of accounting: art department studio babelsberg
Berndt Wenzel .... lead plasterer
Sound Department
Manfred Arbter .... sound mixer
Anja Bause .... foley recordist
Noemi Hampel .... foley editor
Frank Kruse .... sound effects editor
Frank Kruse .... sound mixer
Peter Roigk .... foley artist (as Peter Roik)
Joern Steinhoff .... cable person
Martin Steyer .... sound re-recording mixer
Bernd von Bassewitz .... boom operator
Visual Effects by
Brynley Cadman .... visual effects supervisor
Erich Eder .... digital compositor
Udo Harnach .... stunt performer
Armin Sauer .... stunt coordinator
Rene Schobes .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Freuer .... rigging grip
Wolfgang Jahnke .... still photographer
Sebastian Meuschel .... Steadicam operator
Mic Mueller .... key grip (as Michael Müller)
Bjoern Susen .... best boy electric
Elmar Suska .... electrician
Jörg Widmer .... Steadicam operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Najad Kirchberger .... key costumer
Editorial Department
Marcel Peragine .... additional editing
Other crew
Marcel Ahrens .... set production assistant
Annette Drees .... script supervisor
Michael Foertsch .... caterer
Bernhard Janitzki .... production assistant
Nicola Kruse .... production secretary
Wolfgang W. Werner .... production press
Peter Kirchberger .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sonnenallee" - Germany (original title)
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101 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Director Leander Haußmann claims that the film is not based upon Thomas Brussig' novel. According to Haußmann, he, Brussig and Detlev Buck had written the screenplay together, and Brussig had written his novel afterwords.See more »
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25 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Better and more nuanced than Goodbye Lenin, 3 February 2005
Author: orangesitcom from United States

As an American who lived in former East Germany for a time, I was impressed by the way this film portrayed the ambivalence many Ossis felt about the fall of the Wall. The characters were more nuanced and their treatment more sensitive than that seen in the more popular Goodbye Lenin which, while a good movie, is more about the character's relationship with his mother than it is an accurate portrayal of life in East Germany. Goodbye Lenin seems to reduce the Ossi existence to communist commodification -- to be an Ossi is about what kind of pickles you eat -- whereas Sonnenallee allows its characters to be much more than consumers. In interviews with the makers of Goodbye Lenin, they have mentioned that much of their inspiration for their treatment of East Germans came from TV shows on East Germans.... Sonnenallee presents the eastern life without the extra refraction of the television screen.

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