Films

Losers and Winners

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Year of participation 2008
Program Non-competition Programs

Losers and Winners
Producer(s) Michael Loeken; Sabine Rollberg
Director(s) Ulrike Franke; Michael Loeken
Script Ulrike Franke; Michael Loeken
Director of Photography Michael Loeken, Rüdiger Spott
Music by Maciej Sledziecki
Production company(-ies) Filmproduktion Loeken Franke GbR (Köln)
 

Synopsis

In the center of the Ruhr Area, one of Germany’s key industrial regions, the famous “heartbeat of steel” has gone silent. A few years after the hypermodern coke plant at Kaiserstuhl, built at a cost of 650 million Euro, was shut down, 400 Chinese workers start breaking it down into manageable parts to ship them back to their homeland: disassembly in the West – reassembly in the Far East. Where up to 800 people used to work, the last 30 German employees are now supervising the so-called Shutdown Department. Communication between the two groups is complicated.

Awards
Best International Documentary (Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival 2007)

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