Even after more than 30 years, it’s hard to find an even harder, haunting piece of German cinema than “Christiane F.”. On March 7th, the dirty and desolate cult classic will be released in 4K for the first time – with a very special extra.
There are films that take their audience into a fascinating, strange world and let their viewers forget the often harsh reality for two hours – and then there are films that depict reality in all its tragic facets, stories that are not in Cotton candy are packed before they are served to us, which achieve their haunting effect precisely because they do not gloss over things, do not speak well – and in the end, but perhaps precisely because of this, they bring a little light into the dark side of our world. Because they act as a kind of warning, showing how to do it not should do and in the end perhaps motivate you to do it better yourself, to make the world a little bit better with your own small contribution. Films like “Christiane F. – Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo”.
Even more than four decades after the cinema release, the story of the drug-addicted teenager Christiane Felscherinow is not only one of the most famous, but also one of the most harrowing chapters in German cinema history. In any case, this is the conclusion reached by the author of this article, who used the newly revised home cinema evaluation of the film to finally remove the cult classic from his watch list and let him put it through the emotional meat grinder. Then From April 7, 2022 there will be a brand new version of “Christiane F. – Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo”. And in several versions:
The film was scanned in 4K for the first time and in this revised version not only appears again on DVD and Blu-ray but of course also for the first time on 4K Blu-ray – on which the optimized picture and sound quality are of course particularly effective. Also on board: new, specially produced bonus material with which you can delve deeper into the story of Christiane F. than ever before. And if the audio commentary by director Uli Edel and the interview with leading actress Natja Brunckhorst isn’t enough for you, you should definitely grab the Mediabook Edition (incl. DVD and Blu-ray) – it comes with a very special extra…
“Christiane F.”: Live and die in Berlin
“Christiane F.” is a haunting saga of the search for the meaning of life, which the children from Bahnhof Zoo are looking for in the middle of Berlin’s urban jungle in the midst of Berlin’s urban jungle in the drug intoxication financed on the baby street and thus get deeper and deeper into a whirlpool of hopelessness and being lost. There is no light at the end of the tunnel for many, the desire to find one’s place in the world, to feel one’s body, is too great, while the physical and psychological deterioration continues to stun one.
Where other films perhaps stop or even embellish it, Uli Edel only really strikes the pit of the stomach, which you have to chew on long after the credits have rolled. Because he gives insights into an almost incomprehensible world that is as terrible as it is real – then as now.
Anyone who wants to find out more about the film – and not only about the time and environment it came from, but also about its legacy – will receive a 24-page booklet exclusively in the media book, in which Christiane F.’s fascination with film publicist Stefan Jung and Film scholar Prof. Dr. Marcus Stiglegger was prepared in an exciting and informative way. An incredibly interesting, insightful read, which, in addition to the improved picture and sound quality, certainly represents the greatest added value of this new edition.
A perfect match: “Platzspitzbaby” – now new in the home cinema
Anyone who has a weakness for such stories should definitely also have “Platzspitzbaby – My mother, her drugs and I” on the list. The Swiss drama started in German cinemas last November and has also been available on DVD, Blu-ray, and video-on-demand since March 24th – and is also based on a true story, but not set in Berlin in the 1970s, but in Berlin takes place in Zurich in the 90s.