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This Ain't California (2013)

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In 90 minutes, we see the GDR more sharply, more clearly: the skater subculture shows that not all was grey-on-grey and drab clouds of Trabant fumes. This Wildfremd production (Ronald Vietz & Michael Schöbel) by director Martin Persiel takes original clips of the “wheel-board-riders” – straight out of the East German scene in the 80s – and mixes it with animations and reencounters with the protagonists today. It is not just a well thought out story on its own – this film also raises the aesthetic bar. “Skating as freedom” is one of the leitmotifs of this film. Skating “without pressure to be better than someone else,” as one of the main characters puts it, became the goal in hindsight, or, said downright harshly, “the desire for freedom turned lifestyle”. Unbelievable, if not for the simple fact that this Californian fun could find its expression in the GDR.


Rotten Tomatoes
Critics FreshAudience Upright
81% - Fresh
82% - Upright

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: April 12th, 2013 (Limited)
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 100 minutes
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Keywords: Skateboarding, Commies, Coming of Age
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: Wildfremd Production
Production Countries: Germany


Christian Rothenhagen    Himself
Mirko Mielke    Himself
Renè Falk Thomasius   
Titus Dittmann    Himself
Patric Steffens    Himself

Production and Technical Credits

Producer    Ronald Vietz
Producer    Michael Schöbel
Researcher    Dirk Reiher
Cinematographer    Felix Leiberg
Story Creator    Marten Persiel
Story Creator    Ira Wedel
Editor    Maxine Goedicke
Editor    Bobby Good
Editor    Toni Froschhammer
Production Designer    Anne Zentgraf
Costume Designer    Simone Eichhorn
Production Manager    Kai Richter
First Assistant Director    Manuel Siebert
Animation    Sasha Zivkovic
Animation    Jonas Riemer
Composer    Lars Damm
Sound Designer    Ireneusz Szumlanski
Sound Designer    Elias Struck

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