Berlin Calling

by Hannes Stöhr

Techno DJ Ickarus (star DJ Paul Kalkbrenner) is about to present his new album. But after having taken a "bad" extasy pill, he is tranferred to a psychiatric clinic.

The legendary electronic music DJ ICKARUS returns to Berlin from an exhausting, worldwide marathon of club gigs and raves. After various albums and countless concerts, Ickarus has reached cult status. Although he?s completely fried, he and his girlfriend MATHILDE now dive into the job of getting his new album mixed and released. But when he presents his new tracks to ALICE - the tough boss of his underground record label - she doesn?t like it and tells him it needs more work.Frustrated and burnt out from the tour, Ickarus still continues playing local gigs - until his dealer PEA gives him some bad drugs and he totally freaks out, eventually waking up in a psych ward with Mathilde simply unable to handle him anymore? He falls under the supervision of Dr. Petra Paul, an expert on drug rehab, and finds himself in the midst of a crazed group of drug-infested patients and even a fan - the young ward assistant Alex. Though Ickarus doesn?t take Dr. Paul's rehab program quite seriously, she still allows him to set up his equipment and work on his tracks. However, he?s way too wired and sneaks out one night to score from Pea and party.But the additional hits throw him off the deep end. In a psychotic frenzy, he trashes the record label office and collapses in a wasted heap. Realizing he needs help but having nowhere to go, Ickarus finds his way back to the hospital. Now under heavy medication, the only escape left for Ickarus is his music and he throws himself into working on some entirely new tracks to survive the timeless rehab daze.When Mathilde unexpectedly shows up, Ickarus hands her the tracks, which completely blow her away. She rushes them to the record label and before Ickarus is even aware of it, he finds himself again in the therapy room. This time, though, it's a photo shoot for his new album Berlin Calling."Berlin Calling" becomes the Next Big Thing on the global electronic scene and the reborn star Ickarus, re-tuned to reality, is back on track.

Genre / Language / Length
Drama / German / 109 minutes
Original title
Berlin Calling
directed by
produced by
sabotage films, stoehrfilm in co-production with WDR and arte
  • Paul Kalkbrenner
  • Rita Lengyel
  • Corinna Harfouch (DOWNFALL, LARA)