Berlin Stories – Books of a City

“Berlin Stories – Books of a City” sees Berlin through the eyes of literature – A character study of the capital based on the stories that were and will be written there. If the city, different from Paris or Vienna, is reinventing itself again and again, can it even leave a literary fingerprint with its great novels to “read its face”? Or does the literature of Berlin only consist of chronicles of phases, sensitivities and “moods”? Franz Biberkopf, Herr Lehmann and Paul und Paula are witnesses, the great novel of today will be searched. Or is it a blog on the internet?

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  • 10/2014 - BERLIN STORIES at Frankfurt Book Fair

    Prior to its TV broadcast on 26th November (9:45 pm) on arte, there is the opportunity to see BERLIN STORIES [...]

    Prior to its TV broadcast on 26th November (9:45 pm) on arte, there is the opportunity to see BERLIN STORIES - BOOKS OF A CITY  at Frankfurt Book Fair! The film will be screened on Sunday, 12th October, at 3 pm at the ARTE stand.  In advance, starting at 2 pm, Manuela Reichart (rbb Kulturradio) will talk to Torsten Striegnitz (author and director of BERLIN STORIES) and Ulrich Peltzer (author of the novel "Teil der Lösung") about the film and about the literature's view on Berlin.


  • 09/2014 - World Premiere of „BERLIN STORIES – BOOKS OF A CITY“!

    On Thursday, 18th of September, “Berlin Stories – Books of a City” will have its world premiere in Haus der [...]

    On Thursday, 18th of September, “Berlin Stories – Books of a City” will have its world premiere in Haus der Berliner Festspiele. The film will be screened at 9 p.m. as part of the Berlin International Literature Festival.

    The event is open to all and  admission is free!

      “Berlin Stories” looks upon Berlin from literature’s perspective:  from classics as Alfred Döblin’s “Berlin Alexanderplatz” and Ulrich Plenzdorf’s „Legende vom Glück ohne Ende“ to Sven Regener’s cult book „Herr Lehmann“, and to „Berlin liegt im Osten“, which was written by German-Russian author Nellja Veremej and published last year. The result is a character study of the capital based on the stories that were and are written there.  

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Berlin Stories – Books of a City

„Berlin Stories – Books of a City“ is a character study of the capital based on the stories that were and are written there. Witnesses are Franz Biberkopf, protagonist of the great Berlin novel “Berlin Alexanderplatz”, Herr Lehmann from Sven Regener’s West Berlin story of the same name and Paul and Paula, the East Berlin couple from Ulrich Plenzdorf’s “Legende vom Glück ohne Ende”.

What vision of Berlin do these characters convey? Does an image of the city consolidate? Or does Berlin’s literature consist of nothing but chronicles of stages and sensitivities of a city that is “condemned forever to becoming and never being”?
Is there one big contemporary novel that manages to handle today’s Berlin with all its complexity? And can a city that keeps reinventing itself perpetually leave a literary fingerprint by which it can be grasped at all?

The Party Berlin of the Easy-Jet Generation is told by means of Oscar Coop-Phane’s recently published “Bonjour Berlin”. Further insights into the present provide Ulrich Peltzer’s novel “Teil der Lösung”, that deals with gentrification and surveillance, and Nellja Veremej’s “Berlin liegt im Osten”. From a present-day point of view, the German Russian writer draws a fascinating line to Döblin’s 1920’s depicting especially the topic of migration and city.

The books and their protagonists are at the heart of the narration. They provide the guideline to get down to the literary core of the city by linking literary action to current issues of the city. Motives like space and liberty, politics, culture and sociology, that can be found in the novels in various ways, have mutually influenced city and literature likewise.
Berlin writers such as Ulrich Peltzer, Nellja Veremej and Annett Gröschner, and the head of the features section of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Claudius Seidl reflect their personal view on literature and city in interviews. The French publicist Alban Lefranc, literary scholar Susanne Ledanff and historian Alexandra Richie collate these perspectives with the view from the near and far abroad.

The thrilling involvement with literature and urban space goes along with a unique aesthetic that transfers the books, their texts and their main characters into the modern day. The camera keeps linking the urban space with the scenes that take place in it and consistently calls the action to a halt – thus putting the focus on those moments, that ultimately give rise to literature: the stories of a city.

Concept: Georg Tschurtschenthaler & Eva Schellenbeck
Script, Director & Editing : Torsten Striegnitz & Simone Dobmeier
Director of Photography: Kalle Dobrick
Assistant Camera & Sound: Falco Seliger & Thomas Funk
Music: Andreas Bick
Line Producer: Kathrin Isberner
Production Manager: Nick Pastucha
Commissioning Editor rbb/arte: Dagmar Mielke
Creative Producer: Georg Tschurtschenthaler
Editorial Assistant: Zora Nessl
Executive Producer: Christian Beetz

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  • Berlin Stories - Books of a City

    Haus der Berliner Festspiele - Berlin
    18 September 2014 at 9:00 pm

  • Berlin Stories - Books of a City

    ARTE-Stand - Frankfurter Buchmesse
    12 October 2014 at 2:00 pm

  • Berlin Stories - Books of a City

    arte
    26 November 2014 at 9:45 pm

  • Berlin Stories - Books of a City

    RBB
    04 June 2015 at 11:30 pm

  • Berlin Stories – Books of a City

    arte
    03 February 2018 at 5:30 am