Whose City?

Whose City? is a film about the transformation of Berlin from the somewhat run-down and neglected, but highly dynamic and flexible city of the 1990s to today’s ever-more chic and exclusive city. Many documentaries have in recent years been made on this issue, but where most of these follow the money and dissect the power relations of today’s urban planning, Whose City? moves back in time to the almost forgotten, but defining architectural disputes of the 1990s. With the fall of the Wall and the rest of the Eastern Bloc in 1989/1990, leading politicians and urban planners in Berlin became obsessed with aesthetic and national concerns, and this helped pave the way for the ongoing neoliberal take-over of the city, since the fundamental question was no longer asked: Who are we building for?

The film represents a meditative journey through Berlin, from the West to the East, and from the male-dominated conservative urban planning of the early 1990s to the more open-minded urban planning of today. Finally, the film constitutes a journey into the complexity and richness of urban planning. The arguments and viewpoints that have characterized the planning disputes since the early 1990s are listed one after the other, thereby gradually revealing the things that should be considered, if we are to have a city for all.

The film ends in a happy mode, but the question remains, if Berlin will overcome the old and new divisions and become a city for all.

  • Mr. Hans Christian Post
    Director
    Last Exit Alexanderplatz
  • Hans Christian Post
    Writer
    Last Exit Alexanderplatz
  • Mr. Michael Truckenbrodt
    Producer
    Last Exit Alexanderplatz; Alles was wir wollen; Kein ort
  • Hans Christian Post
    Producer
    Last Exit Alexanderplatz
  • Ms. Dorothee Dubrau
    Key Cast
  • Dimitri Hegemann
    Key Cast
  • Dieter Hoffmann-Axthelm
    Key Cast
  • Gert Kähler
    Key Cast
  • Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani
    Key Cast
  • Daniel Libeskind
    Key Cast
    Last Exit Alexanderplatz
  • Mrs. Regula Lüscher
    Key Cast
  • Fritz Neumeyer
    Key Cast
  • Philipp Oswalt
    Key Cast
  • Florian Schmidt
    Key Cast
  • Rudolf Stegers
    Key Cast
    Last Exit Alexanderplatz
  • Hans Stimmann
    Key Cast
    Last Exit Alexanderplatz; Berlin Babylon
  • Robert Stumpf
    Key Cast
  • Ms. Karoline Schulz
    Editing
    Last Exit Alexanderplatz; Domino Effect; Kein ort
  • Ms. Helen Neikes
    Sound design
    Urmila: My Memory is My Power; Last Exit Alexanderplatz; Muxmäuschenstill
  • Uwe Bohrer
    Cinematography
    Last Exit Alexanderplatz; Twisted Sisters; Penetration Angst; Nekromantik
  • Erik Krambeck
    Cinematography
    Last Exit Alexanderplatz; Victory Day; Die Bühnenrepublik
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Wessen Stadt?
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Runtime:
    53 minutes 25 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 1, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    25,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Denmark
  • Language:
    English, German
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • ArchFilmLund
    Lund
    Sweden
    October 6, 2017
    World premiere
  • Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam
    Rotterdam
    Netherlands
    October 7, 2017
    Dutch premiere
  • Architecture Film Festival Lisbon
    Lisbon
    Portugal
    October 14, 2017
    Portuguese premiere
  • Architecture Film Days Budapest
    Budapest
    Hungary
    March 11, 2018
    Hungarian premiere
  • EPOS International Art Film Festival
    Tel Aviv
    Israel
    March 14, 2018
    Israeli premiere
  • Tilburg International Architecture Film Festival
    Tilburg
    Netherlands
    April 14, 2018
    Tilburg premiere
  • Achtung Berlin
    Berlin
    Germany
    April 12, 2018
    German premiere
    Official selection
  • Achtung Berlin
    Berlin
    Germany
    April 13, 2018
    Official selection
  • Achtung Berlin
    Berlin
    Germany
    April 14, 2018
    Official selection
  • Copenhagen Architecture Film Festival
    Copenhagen
    Denmark
    May 4, 2018
    Danish premiere
Distribution Information
  • Hans Christian Post - Post Behrens Produktion
    Country: Denmark
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Mr. Hans Christian Post

Hans Christian Post has since 2000 worked on-off in the documentary field. First as a research assistant for Ove Nyholm during the production of the award winning film, "Anatomy of Evil". Later, from 2005 till 2007, as researcher, assistant writer and production leader for the German company, WTS-Mixed Media, who in that period produced documentaries for 3sat and arte.

Since 2014, he has worked independently as film maker and producer. In 2015, he finished his first documentary, "Last Exit Alexanderplatz", which was followed by "Whose City?" in 2017, "We Are Here" in 2019 and "Where to With History?" in 2020.

In addition, he teaches different courses at the Department for the study of Culture at the University of Southern Denmark.

He holds a master’s degree and a PhD in Cultural Studies from the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies at the University of Copenhagen. His primary field of research is cultural and urban memory. With Dresden and Berlin as primary cases, he has written extensively on the intertwining of city planning, building preservation, memory, and history politics.

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Director Statement

I am interested in exploring how the cultural sciences can merge with the documentary film genre and produce something that combines scientific research, research dissemination and entertainment, and in this way allows for the cultural sciences to reach larger audiences and have greater impact than is currently the case.