This Ain't California

Film Title:

This Ain't California


    Thursday 27 September 21:00


90 mins

Director: Marten Persiel Country: Germany
Writer: Marten Persiel & Ira Wedel Original Format: -
Dir. of Photography: Felix Leiberg Print Source: Michael Schöbel
Producer: Michael Schöbel & Ronald Vietz
Cast: -

UK Premiere

You won’t look at skateboarding or Germany quite the same way again after This Ain’t California. Part tribute to the life story of an individual, part recollection of the country’s divided East/West past through the lens of the skating subculture, the documentary starts with the childhood days of Denis “Panik” Panicek. Denis escapes his father’s authoritarian swim training by jumping out of a window located on the 6th floor – or so the legend goes. He befriends Dirk and Nico, who are whizzing about on homemade skateboards, and joins in. Three decades later, Denis is dead, killed while serving in Afghanistan. In between lie years of rebellion, self-realisation and liberation as This Ain’t California relates a deeply personal story that simultaneously reveals a very different side of the German Democratic Republic.

A documentary unlike any other, Marten Persiel combines original film material from the 80’s (obtained from the skaters themselves), animated sequences in black and white and present day recordings of the protagonists. Masterly cinematography and music evocative of another era hint at the director’s diverse filmmaking pedigree, encompassing everything from feature films to music clips to commercials. A fresh, intimate and dazzling documentary to watch more than once.

Marlies Prinzl

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