Parchim International

A Film by Stefan Eberlein and Manuel Fenn
90 min

A small airport in Mecklenburg and a Chinese investor with a great vision. Provincial farce and intelligent culture clash comedy between Parchim and Beijing.

Topic

In 2007 the chinese investor Jonathan Pang purchased an old military airbase in a remote area of northern Germany.
Wanting to create an international hub in Parchim he intends to connect China, Europe and Africa by – no less than – diverting the flow of international freight via this remote location.

His vision clashes with the reality of this remote and forgotten part of Germany.
The air strip – out of use for some 17 years – crumbles; none of the staff speak any English; the wild boar – however – shot on the grounds of the company tastes exquisite.
Whilst Pangs German advisor Werner Knan gets tangled up in a swamp of german bureaucracy, Pang travels the world, staunchly spreading to all the friends of a global trade his mantra of a devine Parchim: ”It’s like heaven!”

The film makers Stefan Eberlein and Manuel Fenn accompanied the investor for seven years, encountering new rich Chinese business people, a slightly over-stretched German councillor, a well connected networking German depute, and facing the remotest Chinese provinces.

This documentary relates the encounter of different cultures and belief systems: a tragicomedy with bitter insights into the bizarre reality of capitalism.

Link to Film-Homepage
www.parchim-international.de

Trailer
Team

Author and Director: Stefan Eberlein
Co-Director and Cinematographer: Manuel Fenn
Additional Cinematographer: Thomas Bresinsky/ Michael Weihrauch
Sound: Urs Krüger/ Immo Trümpelmann u.a.
Production Manager China: Jan Kern
Executive Producer: Michael Weihrauch
Mixing: Valentin Finke
Title Designer: Stefanie Saghri
Editor: Antonia Fenn
Music: Eckart Gadow
Producer: Kathrin Lemme
Editorial Staff: Eric Friedler (NDR)

Completion
2015

Production company
Lemme Film GmbH in co-production with NDR

TV Station
NDR

Film Funds
BKM/ DFFF/Nordmedia/Filmförderung Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Filmförderung Hamburg

Distribution
Neue Visionen

World Sales
Newdocs

Awards
Bester Dokumentarfilm Achtung Berlin Filmfestival
Metropolis Regiepreis
Lobende Erwähnung Dokfest Leipzig
Nominierung Preis der deutschen Filmkritik
Vorauswahl deutscher Filmpreis
Publikumspreis Dokfest München

Festivals
Dokfest Leipzig
Vision du Reel
Dokfest München
Achtung Berlin
Filmkunstfest Schwerin
u.v.a.

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