Miete Essen Seele auf





55′ / 65′

Miete Essem Seele Auf (Rent Eats The Soul) documents during two years neighborly organizing and protest on the southern Kottbusser Tor. The film portrays movingly the protagonists of the protest. It links the housing problem to the history of migration and emphasizes a connection between racism and urban displacement.

During the night of May 26 in 2012, some residents of social housing at Kottbusser Tor, a majority ethnic Turkish neighbors, built a protest house. They called it “Gecekondu”, translated from Turkish means “built overnight”. With this occupation of a public square in the center of Kreuzberg, the tenants initiative Kotti & Co began a until now visible daily resistance, and brought the issue of social housing and the massive displacement of long-term residents of the city on the political agenda.

People with very different biographies and politically different views began to talk to each other and to share their stories. The separations and prejudices gave way to a positive uncertainty, neighbors became friends. The “Cottbus Choir” features in the film, a radically postideological choir, arranged and musically composed by Nicholas Bussmann. The choir sees itself in the tradition of leftist amateur choirs, but the normally hierarchical structure of a choir is broken and a musical track reflects the subject of the film: the relationship between collective and individual.


Credits: Script, director Angelika Levi; co-director Christoph Dreher; Camera: Antje Schäfer; Composition and Choral Conducting: Nicholas Bussmann; Lyrics: Jan Theiler; Dramaturgical Adviser: Christian Frosch; Sound and Sounddesign: Manuela Schininá; Mix: Erik Mischijew; Colorgrading: Matthias Behrens Online Editing: Isabelle Lonitz; Titel/ Grafic: Alexander Sandy Kaltenborn Titel Music: Ina Wudke aka T-ina Darling & Evan Franco; Production: Kristina Konrad, Weltfilm, ZDF/Arte.

Cottbusser Chor: Lucile Desamory, Yusuf Ergün, Fernanda Farah, Laura Mello, Nana von Possmann, Rico Repotente, Thomas Tichai.

With: Michael Breitkopf, Fatma Cacmak, Dimitrios Christovasilis, Melanie Dyck, Tashy Endres, Hatice Erdal, Fatma Erdem, Ellen El Malki, Richard Fährmann Ulrike Hamann, Carola Handwerg, Alexander Sandy Kaltenborn, Erol Kavlak, Nagihan Kavlak, Mehmet Said Kavlak, Detlev Kretschmer, Olof Leps, Lucie Matting, Sista Mimi, Jale Öztekin, Tahir Sözen, Richard Stein, Tuncay Tükrükcü, Nerimann Tuncer, Ahmet Tuncer, Nuriye Tuncer, Esma Ulutürk, Zehra Ulutürk, Johannes Uhl, Marlene Voigt, Gülseren Yazar, Sabriye Yildiz.

Premiere: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Exhibition “Wohnungsfrage” 23.6.-25.6.2017; Kottbusser Tor / Gececondu-dinx in colaboration with HKW, 7th December 2015.

Film Festivals: Berlin / Globale Filmfestival Berlin / Achtung Berlin / Dokfilmwoche Berlin / B-Movie & urbanize! Festival Hamburg and Vienna / “Unser Block bleibt” Livingroom cinema, Berlin / Open Air Cinema, Hof der Lause, Berlin / bi‘bakino , Berlin Wedding / Kunstfestival @48 Stunden Neukölln / Synesthésie, Art Center Saint-Denis, France / Conference about Precarity, Vienna / VOLXkino, Open Air Cinema, Vienna.


Kottico HKW Programm flyer [DE]

Press Kit [EN]

Radio FSK Hamburg interview [DE]

Installation documentation [DE]


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