A film by Uli M Schueppel
Starring: Starring: BEN BECKER, MERET BECKER, ALEXANDER HACKE, BARBARA PHILIPP and OTTO SANDER
col, 45min, Engl. Subt., Germany 1996
“Cult!…” Der Spiegel (7/96)
“Drug angels as local heroes: the creation of a depraved romantic junkie fairytale.” Stern (34/95)
In July and August 1995 Ben Becker (the “punk” of German theatre & cinema-scene) staged Sid & Nancy, the play he wrote, at the Berlin club „Ex&Pop“. The lead roles of the production are played by Becker’s sister, famos singer / actress Meret Becker, Alexander Hacke, the guitarist from “Einstürzende Neubauten”, and Ben Becker himself.
The film by Uli M Schueppel follows the intense, at times chaotic process of this self-styled project, revealing the true path to the actual production with the help of footage taken from the sidelines of rehearsals – statements, outbursts, individual rehearsals.
The result is a portrait in the tradition of the „direct cinema“; through the crisis of the actors’ rehearsals, the blending of people and their dramatic roles, reality and theater becomes near and palpable.