Bored, frustrated small-town youth again boil over into senseless violence in “Weltstadt.” Inspired by an incident that occurred in writer-director Christian Klandt’s former German Democratic Republic hometown, the pic recalls many a similar meditation, from “Razor’s Edge” to “Boys Don’t Cry,” “Elephant,” et al. While hardly ranking with the best of them for insight or impact, “Weltstadt” effectively limns a sense of intergenerational impotence that kindles fiery outbursts of bad behavior. Calling-card pic should attract fest dates and tube sales.

At summer season’s end in a picturesque hamlet whose tourist days are long gone, the protags all have reasons for distemper. Loutish Karsten (Gerdy Zint) is on parole, jobless and henpecked by his needy mother. Best mate Till (Florian Batholomai) just found out he’s been sacked from his apprenticeship, which further fuels a desire to leave town that’s hindered by long-suffering g.f. Steffi (Karoline Schuch). Meanwhile Heinrich (Hendrik Arnst), shuttering his outdoor bratwurst stand for keeps, waxes nostalgic for the communist good old days with other left-behind oldsters. Boozy tensions ultimately erupt in a shocking physical attack. Leisurely but well-handled pic won the second-place prize for first feature at Montreal.



  • Production: A Film and Television Academy Konrad Wolf production, in association with Arte. (International sales: Academy Konrad Wolf, Potsdam, Germany.) Produced by Martin Lischke. Executive producer, Holger Lochau. Directed, written by Christian Klandt.
  • Crew: Camera (color, Super 16-to-35mm), Rene Gorski; editor, Jorg Schreyer; music, Paul Rischer; production designer, Tanja Baumgartner. Reviewed at Montreal World Film Festival (First Films, competing), Aug. 26, 2008. running time: 104 MIN.
  • With: <b>With:</b> Gerdy Zint, Florian Batholomai, Justus Carriere, Karoline Schuch, Hendrik Arnst, Jurgen Verch.
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