Kuemmel goes east

a film by Paul Hadwiger

Kuemmel goes east

Germany | 2011 | 92:00 min

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„Kümmel baut“ – fünf Jahre Leben für ein Shopping Center. Fünf Jahre mit Bauherren und Anwohnern. Fünf Jahre zwischen Deutschland und Polen. Fünf Jahre bis zur NEUEN WELT.
KÜMMEL GOES EAST - living five years for a shopping centre. Five years with its developers and local residents. Five years between Germany and Poland. Five years until the dawn of the NEW WORLD.
Hermann Kümmel building a school house in Nicaragua. That was in the ‘80s. Today the born Hessian is working in Rzeszów, east Poland. He’s building the NEW WORLD shopping centre. At Kümmel’s side stands Polish manager Viola Wojnowski, who negotiates with trade partners and financiers. But she doesn’t want to continue living in Poland – she’s having her dream house built in the German capital. Investor and art collector Dr. Erich Marx works in the background. The shopping centre project is controversial amongst inhabitants of the local prefab estate where it is to be built. But contracts have been finalised and construction vehicles are rolling in.?Director Paul Hadwiger and his team followed the creation of the shopping centre over five years. He encounters developers and inhabitants, pursues their stories. Despite their differences, all concerned are united by one question - that of how one wishes to live.
2011 Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis - Saaarbrücken
Cast and Crew
  • Director Paul Hadwiger
  • Producer Peter Roloff
  • Screenwriter Paul Hadwiger, doreen rechin
  • Director of Photography Paul Hadwiger, Anne Misselwitz
  • Editor Rune Schweitzer
  • Sound Silvio Naumann
  • Score Eike Hosenfeld, Tim Stanzel, Moritz Denis
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maxim film
Chausseestr. 17, 10115 Berlin

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Supported by
Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
Filmbüro Bremen e.V.
Filmstiftung NRW
Beauftragter der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien(BKM)
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