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Love story Traumfabrik soon to hit German screens

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- Martin Schreier's third feature, a love story combining German film history (the legendary Babelsberg Studios) and history in general (the Berlin Wall), will reach national screens on 30 October

Love story Traumfabrik soon to hit German screens
On the set of Traumfabrik (© Traumfabrik Babelsberg/Julia Terjung)

After Robin Hood (2013) and CRO: Don't Believe the Hype [+see also:
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(2016), Martin Schreier is preparing for the release (on 30 October, via Tobis Film) of his third feature, Traumfabrik (lit. “Dream Factory”), a love story set in the legendary Babelsberg Studios in the summer of 1961.

When bit-part actor Emil and a ravishing French dancer named Milou (played by newcomers Dennis Mojen and Emilia Schüle) meet on a sound stage during a production at the DEFA studios, it is clear that they are meant for each other, but then the border is closed on 13 August and construction begins on the Berlin Wall. The lovers are seemingly separated forever, and it is unlikely that they will ever see each other again, until Emil hatches a crazy plan to be reunited with his beloved Milou. 

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The script was written by Arend Remmers (also the author of Schreier's CRO: Don’t Believe the Hype). Traumfabrik is being produced by a former DEFA employee, Tom Zickler (whose own story inspired Markus Goller's Friendship! [+see also:
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, also famous as the managing director of superstar Til Schweiger's production company, Barefoot Films, responsible for many of the biggest box-office hits of the last few years in Germany), as well as Christoph Fisser, of Studio Babelsberg (Inglourious Basterds [+see also:
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The Grand Budapest Hotel [+see also:
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Bridge of Spies). It is the first production by the newly created outfit Traumfabrik Babelsberg, in co-production with Babelsberg Film, TOBIS Filmproduktion, Pantaleon Films, ARRI MediaherbX Film and Funkhaus Berlin. The film, shot in Berlin, Potsdam and the historic studios, was supported by the German Film Board (FFA) and the regional funding institutions Medienboard Berlin-BrandenburgMFG Baden-Württemberg and FFF Bayern

The cast also includes Ken DukenNikolai KinskiEllenie Salvo Gonzalez and the German TV Ballet. They were all dressed by Gabrielle Reumer (a regular on Schweiger's movies, also known for international festival films such as Feo Aladag's Inbetween Worlds [+see also:
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), and the team who worked on the movie's giant sets (over 20 of them) was headed up by Isabel von Forster (Head Full of Honey [+see also:
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) and Thomas Göldner (Homeland). Traumfabrik was lensed by Martin Schlecht (Head Full of Honey, Mountain Miracle – An Unexpected Friendship [+see also:
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).

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