Author Archives: Alexander Fallier

About Alexander Fallier

I am the project manager of the Young Germany website

peking

Beijing in 180 seconds

Shot within exactly twenty-four hours by teams around film-maker Jian Yi consisting of professionals and amateurs, the film shows how Beijing residents interact with urban space, and how the team perceived space and time on the day of shooting. To the sound of the heartbeats of citizens of Beijing and various levels of place and time that emerge through reports of their dreams, the film captures the realities and fantasies of the city, which is so many things at once: ancient and futuristic, fast and slow, stressful and peaceful – a place where some settle for good, and others never return.

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paris

Paris in 180 seconds

“La Péniche Opéra” is a theatre company. If today it is making a guest appearance at the Bassin de la Villette in Paris’s nineteenth arrondissement, tomorrow it will be docked on the banks of the Spree in Berlin or of the Moldau in Prague. 180 seconds of the Seine, a theatre boat, a new generation, old ideals and a good journey.

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Learn where the “Péniche Opéra” is currently anchored at its website: http://www.penicheopera.com/.

 

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muenchen

Munich in 180 seconds

Dietmar Holzapfel is the owner of the restaurant “Deutsche Eiche” (i.e. German Oak). The “Deutsche Eiche” is part of the tradition of Munich’s gay scene. Dietmar tells how the scene around the Munich Gärtnerplatz has changed since the 1980s and visits the Paradiso Bar. It used to be called “Old Mrs. Henderson” and Freddie Mercury was one of its regular.

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“Old Mrs. Henderson” was also where Mercury shot “Livin‘ on My Own”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbqMD29qi58 In many place you can still recognise the bar as it was back then.

 

 

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montreal

Montréal in 180 seconds

Slumbering sewing machines dreaming of a golden age, next to memorabilia that tell of the busy days of an old businessman and his son: 180 seconds about the shop “Machines à coudre Bruck” (Bruck Sewing Machines), a lost era and vanished spaces. The golden age when the textile industry was a significant economic factor for greater Montreal actually existed. But now that the factories are gone, “Bruck Sewing Machines” is one of the last spare parts shops in the city; hand over hand, it moves from one day to the next together with its scanty clientele, its stories from the past and its quiet future.

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More about the #180sec project on goethe.de/180sec

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madrid

Madrid in 180 seconds

Three by four metres. Four by seven? Five by eight? At all events, the sought-for object is definitely huge. The film-maker María Rogel and her team are on the trail of the riddle – in Madrid’s streets, in its cafés and finally in the Reina Sofía Museum, where restorer Jorge García Gómez-Tejedor gives the riddle-solvers help.

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Learn more about the #180sec project on goethe.de/180sec

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leipzig

Leipzig in 180 Seconds

Matthias Müller, the sexton of Leipzig’s Nikolai Church, tells how the Peaceful Revolution in autumn 1989 began at the Monday Prayers in the building – how thousands of people walked through the Leipzig city centre chanting “We are the people” and finally changed a system.

Today too the sexton invites the public on Mondays to prayers for peace, because it is still important, he says, that we set an example for democracy.

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Learn more about the #180sec project on goethe.de/180sec

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kolkata

Kolkata in 180 seconds

At noon the pavements in the “Office Para”, the largest business district in Kolkata, are transformed into open-air restaurants.

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Kolkata – Click on the image to start the video

While business people make their way to work in the honking fest of rush hour, pavement cooks prepare their dishes. During the lunch break, hundreds of hungry business people flock to the district, order biriyani, chow mein, roti-tarka and dosa-idli, quenching their hunger and thirst before returning to their desks and the pavements suddenly again become deserted.

Learn more about the #180sec video project on goethe.de/180sec

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