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Forget America (2000)

Vergiss Amerika (original title)
Two friends and a young woman experience the odds and ends of their first jobs.


Vanessa Jopp


Maggie Peren
5 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Marek Harloff Marek Harloff ... David Ludoff
Roman Knizka ... Benno
Franziska Petri ... Anna Lindner
Margitta Lüder-Preil Margitta Lüder-Preil ... Lina - Frau in Tankstelle
Rita Feldmeier Rita Feldmeier ... Frau Ludoff
Andreas Schmidt-Schaller ... Herr Ludoff
Johannes Franke Johannes Franke ... Benjamin Ludoff
Wolfgang Grosse Wolfgang Grosse ... Herr Lange - Kunde im Fotostudio
Ursula Doll Ursula Doll ... Doreen
Rainer Gohde Rainer Gohde ... Herr Bergmann - Fotohändler
Janusz Cichocki Janusz Cichocki ... Schneider - 1. Pole
Roland Baalcke Roland Baalcke ... Vlad - 2. Pole
Daniela Tolkien Daniela Tolkien ... Frau Dietrich - Bankangestellte
Christian Jacobs ... Junge am Passbildautomaten
Oliver Benneckendorf Oliver Benneckendorf ... Junge am Passbildautomaten


David wants to be a photographer, but the photo-shop he gets his education at has to close. Now he has to look for a new job. Benno wants to sell fancy US-cars, but business is not good. Now he has to look for clients. Anna wants to be an actress, but there are only few offers. Now she has to dub a porn movie. As if that were not enough, both Benno and David fall in love with Anna. Written by Oliver Heidelbach

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Such a difficult life !!!!
7 August 2007 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

A small East German town.Teenagers Benno,David and Anna dream of a big life a la Americaine.They are oblivious of the dreadful events happening in the course of their lives."Vergiss Amerika" succinctly exemplifies the primordial truth that no one is born a loser. Inescapable circumstances compel a person to feel despondent.Vanessa Joop's film reveals a recognizable facet of German Youth Culture where the kids are nice,smart,wholly captivated by the idea of making it big in their lives.Benno,Anna and David toiled steadfastly towards achieving that goal.Vergiss Amerika speaks a lot about the contemporary German life as it has handled ubiquitous topics like teenage aspirations,life in a small town and unemployment.It deftly reveals the inadequate economic progress made in East Germany.The economic situation is so bad that everyone is setting off to Berlin in order to achieve material success.Vergiss Amerika failed miserably at the German Box Office as it could not engross a nation of cinema lovers totally enchanted by American Cinema.This did not deter Vanessa Joop at all as her next film Engel & Joe was a big success at various International Film Festivals.

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German | Polish

Release Date:

9 November 2000 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Felejtsd el Amerikát! See more »

Filming Locations:

Aken, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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