Tom Atkins Blues – a spätkauf film
Donnerstag 26. Mai 2016, 21 Uhr
Alex Ross, a film-maker from the UK who has lived in Berlin since 1993, presents a common story of neighbourhood displacement in the heart of Berlin. Or, we could also describe it as an amiable tale of Prenzlauer Berg from a time that has almost been forgotten. Shortly after reunification when most of the houses are already refurbished, the Spätkauf (late-night-shop) still provides some place you could call a home, or a community. Alex Ross mixes narrative feature with documentation, not only by including intermittent interviews, but also small scenes which occurred in one way or the other in the same shop. And he possibly brings his own stories into the film, of a time when he worked at the very same Spätkauf, some time ago shortly after finishing film school in Bournemouth, when arriving in Berlin and trying to settle in.
When (in story time) the super-market suddenly announces to stay open until late-night (like it did in real time) the little shop loses its customers and the protagonist his meaning of life. Progress is taking its toll. In real life, the shop was converted into a cafe, which still exists today, while the supermarket Kaiser’s closed down a few years later.
Original English-German with English subtitles. Curated by Klaus W. Eisenlohr.
The director will be present for a Q&A.