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The Volcano

The Volcano

A Feature film by Ottokar Runze

Release in France : 17/11/1999


    Berlin, 1937. The Fascists are rising to power inexorably. Marion von Kammer watches helplessly as the Nazis destroy the little theater where she performs outlawed songs. Disgusted by what Berlin has become, she leaves for Zurich with her mother and Tilly, her sister. Tilly, who has left her lover behind, is wretched. Marion moves once again, to Paris, where she meets Martin. Together they broadcast anti-Fascist propaganda on a German-language radio station, and Marion sings her outlawed songs in a small Paris bar. But Fascist ideology is extending its tentacles everywhere.

    Actors (6)

    Production and distribution (3)

    Co-production :

    MACT Productions

    French distribution :


    Foreign production company :

    ZDF - Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen

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    I was still a child in the Berlin of the 1920s and '30s. We lived outside of town and didn't see much of the Berlin described by Klauss Mann. Before Hitler came to power, the '20s and '30s were clearly a happy time for artists and writers. A certain political instability favored artistic creativity. The whole world considered Berlin a creative, carefree, joyful place to live. The film clearly shows how German artists exiled to Paris suffered by being separated from "their" Berlin. They also suffered from not being able to express themselves in their own language. That is what Martin and all exiled writers suffer.

    Ottokar Runze – Director

    Full credits (10)

    Executive Producer :

    Ottokar Runze

    Screenwriters :

    Rebecca Hughes, Ursula Grutzmacher-Tabori, Ottokar Runze

    Director of Photography :

    Michael Epp

    Editor :

    Rebecca Runze

    Music Composers :

    Friedich Hollaender, Bob Lenox

    Author of original work :

    Klaus Mann

    Co-producer :

    Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Sophie Rambal

    Production Designer :

    Bernd Gaebler

    Costume designer :

    Suse Braun

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Production language :

    French, German

    Coproducer countries :

    Germany, France

    Original French-language productions :


    Nationality :

    Minority French (Germany, France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 40 min

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    Posters (1)



    Montreal World Film Festival - 1999

    Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1999)


    Compétition internationale