(International sales: Bavaria Film Intl., Geiselgasteig, Munich.) Produced by Werner Possardt. Executive producer, Viola Jaeger. Co-producers, Wolfgang Braun, Christoph Ott, Michael Weber.
Directed, written by Matthias Glasner, based on the idea “Dee Jay’s Day” by Jens Bielefeldt von Kunowski. Camera (color, widescreen), Sonja Rom; editor, Markus Goller; music, Fetisch & Meister; production designer, Ingrid Buron; costume designer, Andreas Janczyk. Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival (Panorama), Feb. 12, 2000. Running time: 115 MIN.
With: Nicolette Krebitz, Moritz Bleibtreu, Richy Mueller, Lars Rudolph, Ill-young Kim, Volker Spengler, Corinna Harfouch.
Fandango” is a wild, widescreen ride through Berlin’s club scene that crashes and burns way before the final reel. A complete surprise coming from helmer Matthias Glasner — who directed two of the most original German pics of the ‘ 90s, “Die Mediocren” and “Sexy Sadie” — this self-consciously bravura outing largely relies on audiences recognizing local stars having a good time on the bigscreen. Pic has a passe, late ’80s feel that won’t export easily.
After 40 minutes in neutral, pic gets into gear as ambitious airhead model Shirley (Nicolette Krebitz) dumps club-owner b.f. Lupo (Richy Mueller), steals his car and hooks up by chance with laid-back DJ Sunny Sunshine (Moritz Bleibtreu). Rest of the movie is a long night of pursuit as Lupo hunts the pair, mainly because the car contains some drugs he owes a bald tattooed lesbian gangster called Duke (Corinna Harfouch, having a ball). It’s an extremely fetishistic movie (guns, rubber, cool steely surfaces, even Shirley’s bleeding knees) that goes completely off the scale in the final stanza. Bleibtreu (“Run Lola Run”), Krebitz (“Bandits”) and Mueller look like they’re following orders.