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Big City Fever

Valisia, a modern-day prostitute, is catapulted into the impoverished streets of Otto Dix's 1920s triptych Metropolis. Dreaming to belong to the high society club depicted in the center of the painting, she sneaks in wearing a stolen designer coat. But that world is not as rosy as she imagined ...

  • Karoline Vielemeyer
    Director
  • Karoline Vielemeyer
    Writer
  • Prague Film School
    Producer
  • Karoline Vielemeyer
    Producer
  • Katarina Strahinic
    Key Cast
    Winnetou & Old Shatterhand
  • Marek Dobes
    Key Cast
    Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol 2011
  • Tatiana Evonuk
    Key Cast
    All the Lost Souls
  • Damian-Odess Gillett
    Key Cast
    Marguerite
  • Peter Hosking
    Key Cast
    A Cry in the Dark
  • Julian M. Grünthal
    Camera
    Polder
  • Andreas Vorwerk
    Sound Design
    The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Großstadtfieber
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 15, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Germany
  • Country of Filming:
    Czech Republic
  • Language:
    German
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • Long Beach Indie International Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    September 3, 2016
    World Premiere
    Best Student Film
  • BLOW-UP · International Arthouse FILM FEST · Chicago
    Chicago
    United States
  • Hollywood Screenings Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
  • Silicon Beach Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
  • Days of German and Russian Short Films "Vkratze"!
    Volgograd
    Russian Federation
  • Festival de Cannes Short Film Corner
    Cannes
    France
Director Biography - Karoline Vielemeyer

Karoline Vielemeyer is a German film director and editor who has studied and worked in the US, France and the Czech Republic. She graduated from Prague Film School with a specialization in directing. Her most recent works include editing the feature documentary When Paul came over the Sea (2017). http://www.paulueberdasmeer.de/ https://www.karoline-vielemeyer.com/

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Director Statement

Otto Dix’s triptych Metropolis (1927-28) has resonated strongly with me for many years. It shows two streets of a German city suffering from the aftermath of WWI and one interior club of the amused upper class. Besides the obvious misery of the people in the street, I discovered that there was also an underlying ugliness to the upper class characters, with their strangely distorted bodies and their lack of interest in their surroundings. The main character Valisia is an outsider who slowly discovers how trapped these characters really are by their environment. Valisia wants to succeed in her own way despite her difficult circumstances. She quickly has to realize, that she is alone in that quest, as everyone else around her seems stuck in a superficial world. The motto seems to be: "You are what you have. If you have nothing, you are nothing". The only time Valisia doesn’t face rejection, is when she lies about her identity to the upper class by claiming to be a wealthy fashion designer. It is the first time, even if just for a brief moment, that she feels like she belongs somewhere.