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'The Female Bond' – a poetic short film on women sticking together for SHE'S MERCEDES with DOP Jalaludin TRAUTMANN c/o 1ST UNIT

For this year’s International Women’s Day, She’s Mercedes tells a story of feminine energy and female unity, envisioning a utopian community. In Los Angeles, Director Aldona Kwiatkowski teamed up with DOP Jalaludin TRAUTMANN to film Female Bond for MERCEDES BENZ. In the leading role is Yuna, a musician from L.A., who had her breakthrough after a collaboration with Pharrell Williams. She is a role model and style icon for young girls worldwide. The production was wrapped up by Freenjoy, Inc.

SHE'S MERCEDES explains: “Rather than following a clear-cut narrative, The Female Bond retraces a poem on modern womanhood and unity, filmed against the dream-like backdrop of Californian canyons and Asian hideouts. Rich in detail, yet structured loosely, it could be considered a whimsical narration, shaped by associations between the four protagonists: brought and held together by delicate actions and strong symbols. The dream sequence-like plot plays with our imagination and resembles, to some extent, a utopian prospect of matriarchy – or the occasional wish to create and intimate microcosm for you and your girlfriends only... In the final scene of the film, the utopian union of the four women is interrupted, bringing them back to reality – or, actually, their own past.”
22.03.2017 // show complete article

'The Young Karl Marx' as a guest at BERLINALE – DOP of the biopic was Kolja BRANDT c/o 1ST UNIT

Human history is a story about deviding and ruling. Since transition is usually not voluntary, the goal must be clearly communicated in advance of radical change in order be more readily accepted. This is also in the case with Karl Marx, a German philosopher, economist, social theorist, political journalist, protagonist of the labor movement as well as a critic of bourgeois society and religion. The film "The Young Karl Marx" just celebrated its debut at the Berlinale, DOP was Kolja BRANDT c/o 1ST UNIT.

Karl Marx is, next to Friedrich Engels, still regarded today as the most influential theorist of socialism and communism. And even if communism is considered outdated in our day and age, the class struggle is not. Pioneers and the avant-garde are often forgotten because we measure them in relation to our reality. Social service, child support, women's suffrage, minority rights, inclusion, ... all had to be fought hard for. The film was directed by Raoul Peck, who was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Peck studied in France, the US and at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin. With his film 'L'homme sur les quais', he presented the first contribution from the Caribbean in the Cannes competition in 1993. In 1996 and 1997, he was Minister of Culture in Haiti. In 2002, he was a member of the international jury of the Berlinale, and in 2012, he was a member of the Cannes competition jury. With his feature and documentary films, he was often a guest at the Berlinale, most recently in 2015 with 'Meurtre à Pacot'.

Synopsis - 1844. Karl Marx is 26 years old and living with his wife Jenny in exile in Paris. He is habitually in debt and plagued by existential anxieties. When he first meets the slightly younger factory owner’s son Friedrich Engels he dismisses him as a dandy. But Engels, who has just published a study on the miserable impoverishment of the English proletariat, has long since begun to distance himself from his own class. The two like-minded men become friends and soon inspire each other to write texts in which they seek to provide a theoretical foundation for the revolution they believe must come. Their goal is no longer to merely interpret the world, but to change it. Fundamentally. Resistance on the part of conservative forces and internal power struggles within the political Left only serve to spur them on.

Raoul Peck describes the origins of the international Socialist movement, the emergence of the Communist League and its founding document, the Communist Manifesto. At the same time, the film paints a portrait of two impetuous young men who passionately believe in the vision of a humane society and the revolutionary power of the abused and oppressed.

August Diehl (Karl Marx)
Stefan Konarske (Friedrich Engels)
Vicky Krieps (Jenny Marx)
Olivier Gourmet (Pierre Proudhon)
Michael Brandner (Joseph Moll)
Alexander Scheer (Wilhelm Weitling)
Hannah Steele (Mary Burns)
Niels Bruno Schmidt (Karl Grün)


Director Raoul Peck
Screenplay Pascal Bonitzer, Raoul Peck
Director of Photography Kolja Brandt
Editor Frédérique Broos
Music Alexei Aigui
Sound Jörg Theil, Benoît Biral
Art Director Benoît Barouh
Costumes Paule Mangenot
Make-up Anne Moralis
Casting Sylvie Brocheré
Producers Nicolas Blanc, Rémi Grellety, Robert Guédiguian, Raoul Peck
Co-producers Benny Drechsel, Karsten Stöter, Patrick Quintet
Co-production Rohfilm GmbH, Berlin, Artémis Productions, Brüssel

The Young Karl Marx . France / Germany / Belgiun 2017, French, German, English, 112 min. · color, rating R12

20.02.2017 // show complete article

TURKISH AIRLINES commercial with Oscar award winner Morgan Freeman for Super Bowl 2017 - DOP Stefan von Borbely c/o 1st UNIT

DOP Stefan von Borbely c/o 1st UNIT and Director Matthias Zentner were once again on the road for an international production. This time, they filmed a commercial with Morgan Freeman for TURKISH AIRLINES above the clouds. The debut of the video was during the Super Bowl on 5 February.

“Narrated by his powerful voice, Morgan Freeman helps broaden our imagination right from an airline seat. Pampered in luxury and spoiled by world class care of Turkish Airlines, the beauty of the world is right at our fingertips. He takes us on a mind travel along with Turkish Airlines where we discover the bluest of waters to the greenest of meadows to the purest of air. And so, our imagination is not limited to just our TV screens. We urge you to come along on this captivating journey with us. Let Turkish Airlines and the presence of Morgan Freeman transport you to wherever your heart desires. Morgan´s voice is like music, deep, soft and with a strong harmony, as no instrument can have. Advertising can be poetry. So put on wings and lets venture to the unexplored. Your wings already exist. All you have to do is fly. Widen your world,” says velvet Mediendesign, who produced the commercial.

“We not only fly to more countries worldwide than any other airline, we also strive to offer our passengers the best possible flight experience...,” M. Ilker Ayci from Turkish Airlines tells us about the spot.

The shoot took place in Los Angeles in less than ten hours with a team of 101 employees. The commercial is broadcast on 16 TV channels and by the largest media corporations in four continents. The advertising campaign with Morgan Freeman is shown in all countries to which Turkish Airlines flies. Turkish Airlines flies to more than 290 destinations in 117 countries with a fleet of 335 airplanes.

More commercials by DOP Stefan von Borbely are available on GoSee or directly via 1ST UNIT.
08.02.2017 // show complete article