Film und Medien Stiftung NRWNewsPressDie Toten Hosen at the Berlinale! Filmstiftung-backed documentary about the Düsseldorf cult band to premiere in the Friedrichstadt-Palast

Die Toten Hosen at the Berlinale! Filmstiftung-backed documentary about the Düsseldorf cult band to premiere in the Friedrichstadt-Palast

The Filmstiftung-backed documentary „You Only Live Once – Die Toten Hosen on Tour“ („Weil Du nur einmal lebst – Die Toten Hosen auf Tour“) by Cordula Kablitz-Post (director and screenplay) will celebrate its world premiere as a Berlinale Special Gala in the Friedrichstadt-Palast. This only just been announced by the Berlinale.

„Die Toten Hosen have been an unprecedented success story since their formation in 1982. More than almost any other band, the Düsseldorfers stand for a German way of life with their music, stand up for what they believe in and take a political stance – high time for a documentary for the big screen,“ says Petra Müller, CEO of the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW. „Congratulations to the director and producer Cordula Kablitz-Post, and, in particular, to Die Toten Hosen. We are looking forward to having a powerful visual and musical experience at the Friedrichstadt-Palast!“

About the film:

The documentary accompanies the Düsseldorf band on their concert tour entitled „You Only Live Once – Die Toten Hosen on Tour“. The director is Cordula Kablitz-Post (also screenplay) who has  regularly accompanied „Die Toten Hosen“ with the camera for more than 10 years. The acclaimed music film director Paul Dugdale, who has worked in the past with Coldplay and The Rolling Stones, could be enlisted as the co-director for the concerts. „You Only Live Once“ was produced by avanti media fiction (Cordula Kablitz-Post) in cooperation with Benjamin Hoeller and Christian Jantscha of Opus R. Theatrical distribution is being handled by NFP who will be releasing the film throughout Germany on 28 March, 2019. The Filmstiftung backed the film with 150,000 Euros, with additional funding coming from the DFFF and the FFA.

Die Toten Hosen are a phenomenon: no other German-speaking rock band has sold as many sound carriers – over 19 million. The „Laune der Natour“ tour, which was attended by almost 1 million people, saw the band appearing in 2018 at various stadiums and open-air locations in Germany and Switzerland as well as travelling to Argentina where Die Toten Hosen have had their most enthusiastic and faithful fans outside of the German-speaking area for the past 26 years. The film accompanies the band during one of the biggest tours of their career on stage and behind the scenes and tells their story by way of their greatest hits. The film shows the band during the tour on stage, backstage and in the tour bus: „access all areas“.

The 69th Berlin International Film Festival is held from 7 to 17 February.

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