30.09. - 09.10.2021

Die Todesautomatik Germany 2006 | 89 min | OV | Colour | FF 2007

Niki Stein

NIKI STEIN (*1961) has made numerous episodes of Tatort and award-winning TV films like Bis nichts mehr bleibt [Until Nothing Remains] (2010) and Rommel (2012). In 2015, his film Öl – Die Wahrheit über den Untergang der DDR was shown at FILMFEST HAMBURG.

rated for 0 + years
The GDR in 1961 was a rather joyless place. When two kids establish a fan club for a rock'n'roll musician, authorities prick up their ears. The youngsters protest against the Berlin Wall, scribble graffiti, even burn down a barn. The government puts on a stage trial. The verdict: imprisonment for life. 14 years later they are bought out by the West German government. Based on a true story with no fairy-tale ending.
Original title: Die Todesautomatik
Film type: Fiction Feature
Original language: German
Language and subtitles: OV
Director: Niki Stein
Screenplay: Wieland Bauder, Niki Stein
Cast: Stephan Kampwirth, Misel Maticevic, Loretta Pflaum
Producer: Johannes Pollmann
Director of Photography: Arthur W. Ahrweiler
Production Design: Benedikt Herforth
Editor: Barbara Hennings
Sound: 0
Costume design:
Commissioning Editor: Sophie Fitz (ZDF)
Format: Digi Beta
German Distributor: ZDF
World Sales:
Production: Polyphon Film- und Fernsehgesellschaft mbH, Jenfelder Allee 80, 22045 Hamburg, Germany, Tel: +49 40 66 88 54 64, Fax: +49 40 66 88 53 65, email:,


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