NO WAVEUnderground '80 - New York - Berlin
Documentary, D 2009
Runtime: 52 min.
Director: Christoph Dreher & Ellen El Malki
Production: Kloos & Co. Medien for ZDF in Cooperation with ARTE
Bankruptcy as a catalyst for artistic potential: New York and the Western part of Berlin were economically run-down in the early Eighties. Against this backdrop, in both cities emerges an underground culture that radically breaks with the pop cultural tedium which the eraly 70s hat left behind. A wild and uncompromising scene of young artists working in film, music, painting and theatre trigger off a unique exchange between the subcultures in New York and Berlin and create one of the most inspired and excitign artistic movements of the late 20th century.
As a member of the band DIE HAUT, filmmaker Christoph Dreher was at the centre of the No Wave scene. With the help of old friends and fellow artists like Jim Jarmusch, Blixa Bargeld, Alex Hacke, Lydia Lunch or Nick Cave he tells us the story of the motives, ideas and attitudes that shaped the scene from an insider’s point of view.