Fourteen-year-old Christiane lives with her mother and little sister in a small apartment in a typical multi-storey concrete apartment building in a dull neighbourhood in the outskirts of West Berlin. She’s bored and lacks things to do and is sick and tired of living there. She hears of Sound, a new disco in the city center, called the most modern discothèque in Europe. Although she’s legally too young to go to the disco, she dresses up in high heels and make-up and asks a friend from school to take her. At the disco she meets Detlef, who is a little older. He is in a clique where everybody is experimenting with various drugs. At first she takes pills and trips, but gradually she becomes drawn deeper into the drugs, eventually ending up as a heroin-addict and prostitute.
Uli Edel, born April 11, 1947, in Neuenburg am Rhein, at first studied theatre studies and German philology before he went to Munich’s Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film (HFF). There, he met Bernd Eichinger who then produced Edel’s short films. Eichinger and Edel already started their long-time collaboration in Munich. After his graduation, Edel worked as an assistant director and editor for Douglas Sirk.
Edel’s and Eichinger’s first major project, “Christiane F. – Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo” (“Zoo”, 1981), based on Christiane F.’s autobiography about her heroin addiction, became a huge commercial success. After Edel had finished several movies for German TV, he and Eichinger filmed the Hubert Selby adaptation “Letzte Ausfahrt Brooklyn” (“Last Exit to Brooklyn”, 1989) in the USA. The film won Edel the German film award as well the Bavarian film award.
In 1990, Edel went to Los Angeles and mainly did major TV productions for US networks. In 1996, his TV movie “Rasputin”… read more
This film started out very well, not only with the straight-forward appeal of Christiane, a 12-year-old girl, who lives in Berlin and starts smoking pot at that age, but also with the intense weaving… read review