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Berlin Calling (2008)

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.


Hannes Stöhr


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Kalkbrenner Paul Kalkbrenner ... Martin 'DJ Ickarus' Karow
Rita Lengyel Rita Lengyel ... Mathilde
Corinna Harfouch ... Prof. Dr. Petra Paul
Araba Walton Araba Walton ... Corinna
Peter Schneider ... Crystal Pete
Rolf Peter Kahl ... Erbse (as RP Kahl)
Henriette Müller Henriette Müller ... Jenny
Udo Kroschwald Udo Kroschwald ... Karow - Martins Vater
Megan Gay ... Labelchefin Alice
Max Mauff ... Zivi Alex (as Maximilian Mauff)
Peter Moltzen Peter Moltzen ... Heinrich Karow - MartinsBruder
Dirk Borchardt ... Clubchef Tom
Erdal Yildiz ... Hotelangestellter
Ernest Hausmann Ernest Hausmann ... Pfleger Ernesto (as Ernest Allan Hausmann)
André Hoffmann André Hoffmann ... Franz


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.

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Release Date:

2 October 2008 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Berlin atesi See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Lasting for 129 weeks in the German Single Charts "Sky and Sand" is the longest lasting single in the history of the German Single Charts. See more »


References Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980) See more »


Pièce d'Orgue BWV 572
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Edition Peters Frankfurt
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Saluting music in cinema
21 February 2009 | by mehmet_kurtkayaSee all my reviews

The movie is dynamic, full of emotions and wonderful electronic music. It is definitely not a movie about Berlin party scene, Berlin is the backdrop of the movie.

Club scene is associated with drugs, but it is not a movie about drugs either. Yes the main character is a drug addict DJ who has mental issues but the movie is not Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, neither One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest.

The movie explores the life of an artist, his choices, his abysmal loneliness, creativity and above all his relations to other people.

Even though there are some occasional character zigzags, the movie wanders in our emotions in a beautiful way.

I have seen the movie during If Film Festival in Istanbul and regretted that I had missed the performance of DJ Paul Kalkbrenner ten days ago.

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