Germany 1990, 16 mm, color, 188 minutes

Countdown follows a chronological sequence. The movie was shot in Berlin and environs over a ten-day period leading up to the unification of the currencies on July 1, 1990. The film thus ends on the date marking “the first stage of German reunification”.

Eva Meyer: Chapters of the Film

Point in Time / Counterpoint
Day 1: June 22, 1990
Einsteinturm (Potsdam), Jewish Cemetery Weißensee (Berlin, Herbert-Baum-Straße)

New Permeability. The Waterways.
Day 2: June 23, 1990
Bauhausarchiv, Shell-Haus, Synagogue, Oberbaumbrücke, Berlin Dom, Nikolai Quarter, Bahnhof Friedrichstraße, Reichstag, Kongresshalle, Siemenssteg

Trade Nomads
Day 3: June 24, 1990
Bahnhof Zoo

The Wall. Adventure Park
Day 4: June 25, 1990

Vital Signs
Day 5: June 26, 1990
Alexanderplatz, "Death Strip," Wollankstraße, Oberbaumbrücke, Schlesisches Tor

" Farewell to the Past" and the Children
Day 6: June 27, 1990
Glienickerbrücke, Caputh, Petzow, Werder, Deetz, Ketzin, Kremmen, Linum, Dechtow, Karwesee

What counts?
Day 7: June 28, 1990
Magnetbahn, Postdamer Platz, Tiergarten

The Empty Shop Window of the East
Day 8: June 29, 1990

What's left?
Day 9: June 30, 1990
Plaue, a fishing village

Currency Lines
Day 10: July 1, 1990
Karl-Marx-Allee, Frankfurter Allee (formerly Stalin-Allee), roller coaster, Amusement Park Treptow

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Ulrike Ottinger
Text of the title Eva Meyer
Sound Margit Eschenbach
Editor Eva Schlensag
Assistant Producer Heidi Maria von Plato
With thanks to Oberkantor Estrongo Nachama

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