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Release Date:
14 June 2001 (Germany) See more »
Liebe kennt keine Grenzen See more »
Germany 1982: The country is divided into two parts. Nele, coming from West-Germany, travels to East-Germany where she meets Captain... See more » | Add synopsis »
2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Anna Bertheau ... Penelope "Nele" Kaufmann

Antonio Wannek ... Captain

Tim Sander ... Hacki
Carmen Simone Birk ... Kopfi (as Carmen Birk)
Michael Krabbe ... Tremmel

Nora Tschirner ... Anya
Luise Helm ... Bax
Aaron Hildebrand ... Meise
Andreas Hoppe ... Paul
Karin Mikityla ... Tante Helene
Hermann Beyer ... Captains Vater
Kathrin Waligura ... Captains Mutter
Joachim Schweizer ... Herr Hesselberger (as Joachim Schweizzer)
Roland May ... Staatssicherheit
Roland Kuchenbuch ... Staatssicherheit
Henning Peker ... Staatssicherheit
Hans-Gerd Sonnenburg ... Staatssicherheit (as Hans Gerd Sonnenburg)
Lutz Teschner ... Staatssicherheit
Manfred Gorr ... Staatssicherheit
Steffen Gräbner ... Staatssicherheit
Maja Remstedt ... Grenzbeamtin #1
Roland Schuster ... Grenzbeamter
Eva Medusa Gühne ... Grenzbeamtin #2
Esther Esche ... Vollzugsbeamtin
Harald Arnold ... Vollzugsbeamter
Robin Gooch ... UPS Lady
Andreas Herder ... Erik
Dascha Lehmann ... Erzählerin (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sophie Karbjinski ... Tochter Kopfi

Directed by
Connie Walter 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Natja Brunckhorst 
Michael Kobs 
Connie Walter 

Produced by
Stefan Arndt .... producer
Maria Köpf .... producer
Stefaan Schieder .... line producer
Original Music by
Rainer Oleak 
Cinematography by
Peter Nix 
Film Editing by
Ewa J. Lind 
Production Design by
Gabriele Wolff 
Costume Design by
Simone Simon 
Makeup Department
Grit Kosse .... makeup artist
Production Management
Anina Marsen .... unit manager
Ralph Remstedt .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Claudia Beewen .... first assistant director
Art Department
Kaspar Falkenroth .... construction
Matthias Hein .... set builder
Dunia Osiander .... assistant production designer
Matthias Ruppelt .... assistant property master: outdoor
Leon Schulz .... painter
Giovanni A. Scribano .... set builder
Graziella Tomasi .... assistant property master: indoor
Sound Department
Manfred Arbter .... re-recording mixer
Beate Hetenyì .... sound atmosphere
Jörg Höhne .... re-recording mixer
Jörg Höhne .... sound supervisor
Robin Pohle .... sound designer
Dominik Schleier .... dialogue editor (as Dominik Kehl)
Visual Effects by
Sven Bergmann .... visual effects supervisor
Michael Lanzensberger .... Inferno artist
Mark Norrie .... visual effects artist: Dreamscape Imagery
Jürgen Schopper .... visual effects supervisor
Stacey Weigert .... visual effects: Dreamscape Imagery
Ralf Haeger .... stunt coordinator (as Ralf Häger)
Alister Mazzotti .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Justus Hasenzahl .... best boy
Christian Scheibe .... grip
Uli Schmidt .... first assistant camera
Michael Schuff .... gaffer
Casting Department
Iris Müller .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sonja Kappl .... assistant costume designer
Malaika Rönneckendorf .... wardrobe
Bettina Saul .... costume advisor
Editorial Department
Harald Brendel .... digital color grading supervisor
Location Management
Heike Wolf-Aury .... location scout
Other crew
Steffi Hiller .... production accountant
Dorothee Hufschmidt .... production coordinator
Raimund Maessen .... script consultant
Timo Quistorff .... set runner
Andro Steinborn .... legal consultant
Anke Wagner .... continuity
Ulf Israel .... assistant to producer (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Wie Feuer und Flamme" - Germany (original title)
"Nele and Captain" - Japan (English title)
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94 min
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6 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A pity..., 30 May 2001
Author: DocM from Heidelberg

The story is set in the Berlin of 1982 and 1990. A girl from west-Berlin meets an east-german punk during a funeral-visit. They fall in Love and of course it becomes complicated, not only because such relationships were complicated in general due to the harsh visiting regulations, but because the punk-band under fire from the state security. The punk goes to prison in the end and the girl leaves for the u.s. ... In 1990, after the fall of the Berlin wall, she returns to find her "captain".

The movie could have been really good - atmosphere and detail of the Berlin of the early 80s are well matched. The story is a bit of-the-shelf, but still entertaining. Alas, the performance of the characters is not too well - at no moment you believe "Nele" to be a girl risking her life by sneaking into the east to help "captain", and the "punk band" rather makes the impression of an acting class... which is were probably most actors in the movie come from.

The movie was made with considerable support from German national television, and as such it is still of high quality - for television standards. Anyway, it is not a waste of time and from the reactions of the 20ish audience in the sneak preview, contains a lot of details about how east Germany worked that these kids nowadays neither know nor believe ...

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