Berlin-Film-Katalog created a flyer (PDF file) to promote this month's screenings of Warum Ulli sich am Weihnachtsabend umbringen wollte. A special re-release premiere (introduced by film critic Jan Gympel) takes place on Monday, December 9th, 19:30 Hrs at Brotfabrik Kino, Berlin. From 12 December on, the film will be showned daily at 22:00 Hrs.
December sees the re-release of Edwin Brienen’s one-time
christmas comedy Why Ulli Wanted to Kill Himself on Christmas Eve. Shot in a
record time of just 13 days, the film did hit German theatres about two months
after its pre-production status.
October 2005. Brienen, who just filmed Last Performance
during the summer of that year, had the insane plan to produce (shooting, editing,
post-production) a feature film in just three ‘til four weeks. He involved an
ensemble of actors (lots of new ‘family members’ here such as Laura Tonke and
Hendrik Arnst, next to the familiar faces of Brienen starlets Esther Verkaaik and
Eva Dorrepaal), and December 15th,Ulli celebrated its premiere in eight German theatres countrywide.
The film received raving critics from the German press:
“Small pearls of tragicomic characterizations, concerning lack of relationships
and the inability of them” (tip Magazine), “a modern update of Fassbinder”
(zitty), “wonderfully poetic” (Cinerama) or “one of the most entertaining
German films since years” (Neue Szene).
Thanks to an initiative by Berlin-Film-Katalog, this black comedy is now back in a director’s cut at
Berlin’s Brotfabrik Kino. December 9th at 19.30 hrs, film critic Jan Gympel will
introduce the new version to an audience, in the presence of Edwin Brienen. For
other screening dates (the whole week and after), check out the website of
Staalzine, the online magazine of independent record label Staalplaat, published an article called Fifty Years of Tape: cassettes and their memories, a collage of stories and pictures. 50 people were asked to send in their all-time favorite cassette tape and a short motivation. Edwin dug through shelves and boxes and finally found his adolescent soundtrack of '89:
Tonight, talk show hosts Adrian Shephard and Rinus van Alebeek welcome Edwin Brienen in their weekly radio show at Berlin Radio 0n. The show will be live broadcasted from 22.00 til 24.00 hrs (European time).