Pinguin-Film non fiction

Deckname Cor

Deckname Cor – Das dramatische Leben des Max Windmüller

Cinema Documentary – 90 min.

Cast: Marcus Seuß, Pegah Kazemi, Sonja Dengler, Lena Klinder, Christoph Jacobi

Writer/Director: Eike Besuden
Camera: André Krüger

Production year: 2010

In co-production with NDR and arte
Funded by nordmedia Fonds GmbH

Emden, Germay 1933. Max Windmülller is thirteen years old. His father gets his trading license revoked by the Nazis and his parents decide to go into exile with him and his three siblings to Holland. There Max gets ready to live the next years of his life in Palestine. 1939 he has actually a place on a ship but an instructor convinces him to stay in Holland and to fight for their rights. In the Netherlands the situation for the Jewish population is similar difficult after the Kristallnacht in Germany. Max decides to stay and associates himself with the active resistance. He works with a group of people which will be known later as the “Westerweelgruppe”. In that time for thousands of Jews hiding places were found to protect them from the Nazis. All of them have to experience the years between 1942 and 1945 as “Onderduikers” – fates like that of Anne Frank. Later Windmüller’s group facilitates the rescue of Jewish refugees from Holland through France and Spain to Palestine. Max Windmüller has to constantly travel masked as a SD soldier between the different destinations. He gives out fake ID papers, smuggles people and networks with other organizations in resistance. This way his group can rescue the lives of more than 500 people. In the summer of 1944 Max and others of the group are being betrayed in Paris. They get arrested and are transported to Germany shortly before the invasion of the Allies. Only a few days before the end of the war as a prisoner in the KZ Buchenwald Max Windmüller has to go on a death march to Dachau. At that time he is 25 years old. But he never reaches the destination. A guard shoots him as he attempts to drink from a puddle of water.

Zwischen Kanzel und Kanzleramt

Zwischen Kanzel und Kanzleramt


Writer / Director: Heinrich Billstein
Camera: Tom Kaiser
Producer: Prof. Kurt Rittig, Rolf Wappenschmitt

Production year: 2010

In co-production with RossPointFilm. By order of the WDR

Joseph cardinal Frings, the legendary archbishop of cologne is a public figure whose life story gives a differentiated insight in the complicated and often fractured relation between the Germans, their state and the catholic religion especially during the World War II. The documentary follows Frings biography from a simple priest to a popular church dignitary and finally to a crafty and ambitious church politician. His carrier within the Catholic Church is marked by the church’s decisions and events before, during and after the National Socialisms.

Faust II reloaded

Faust II reloaded

Cinema Documentary – 90 min.

Writer / Director: Eike Besuden
Camera: Mathias Brüninghaus, Lür Wangheim

Production year: 2009

Funded by the BKM and diverse sponsors.

„An impossible project“ says the director Julia Haebler.

“Oh no, not again the same scene” say the students.

“A total strange idea for which I love to be on board” says Dominique Horwitz who plays Faust.

Not Faust I which is broadly known. No, the goal of this project is to bring Faust II on to a stage which already to Goethe’s time had been known to be nearly impossible. To bring this piece of literary work on a stage especially today demands an extraordinary engagement. One school, one world orchestra and a whole part of the town Bremen got together to realize the idea of composer Karsten Gundermann: Faust II on an open air stage as a spoken opera with 500 students on and behind the stage, the German Philharmonics Bremen and Dominique Horwitz as the main actor.

Goethe between high-rise buildings in a part of Bremen where mostly foreigners live and where almost every second family gets Hartz IV is courageously and daring, but can it be successful? Can it set an example?

“Faust II reloaded” shows the students during the last three month before the day of the performance. The film accompanies them during their rehearsals, the music lessons, the costume makings and all the other preparations for the big event. Frayed nerves, chaos, conflicts and lack of motivation combined with excitement, passion and the desire to succeed with the impossible make this film a thrilling, emotional and great journey. Besides Eike Besuden’s film team a group of students documented the events with cameras as well and found captivating insider scenes for this artistic adventure of their classmates.

Kaffee. Kunst. Kommerz.

Kaffee. Kunst. Kommerz. –
Das Leben des Ludwig Roselius

TV Documentary – 45 min.

Writer / Director: Heinrich Billstein
Camera: Mathias Brüninghaus

Production year: 2009
Broadcasted: December 05 2009

By order of Radio Bremen, funded by Nordmedia.

Ludwig Roselius has a coffee trading business. He is patron and pioneer. With the Böttcherstraße in Bremen he creates a unique work of art and as a publicity strategist for Kaffee Hag he breaks new ground like no other merchant in Germany before him. This documentary tells Ludwig Roselius’ extraordinary life story.

Die Focke Brüder

Die Focke Brüder – Pioniere der Luftfahrt

TV-Documentary – 45 min.

Writer / Director: Eike Besuden/Helmut Hadrè
Camera: Lür Wangenheim

Production year: 2009
Broadcasted: November 28 2009

By order of Radio Bremen, funded by Nordmedia.

100 years of the aviation history in Bremen are being documented on the basis of the life stories of the brothers Wilhelm and Henrich Focke.

Der Sternensammler

Der Sternensammler –
Wilhelm Olbers: Arzt – Astronom – Politiker

TV-Documentary – 45 min.

Cast: Martin Baum

Writer / Director: Heinrich Billstein
Camera: Mathias Brüninghaus

Production year: 2009
Broadcasted: December 12 2009

By order of Radio Bremen, funded by Nordmedia.


250 years ago Wilhelm Olbers was physician and astronomer in Bremen. For that time he founded the biggest observatory worldwide and already analyzed astronomic questions which only today can be answered. An exciting life that led him all over Europe but also always back to Bremen.

Turban und Hakenkreuz

Turban und Hakenkreuz:
Der Großmufti und die Nazis

TV-Documentary – 53 min.

Writer / Director: Heinrich Billstein
Camera: Colin Rosin, Ralf Lenzen, Almir Causevic
Commissioning Editor: Susanne Spröer (WDR), Kathrin Bronnert (NDR), Gerolf Karwath (SWR)

Production year: 2009

In co-production with RossPointFilm by order of WDR, BR and Arte.

Amin el Husseini, the Mufti of Jerusalem is one of the most enigmatic people of the 20th Century. Especially for the Arabs he is one of the most important once. Hardly another figure from the Arabic World was so entangled with the German history as he was. Even to his lifetime he was seen as a legend. He was honored and admired by his fellow countrymen and disdained and antagonized by his enemies including his opponents from the Arabic and Muslim culture. El-Husseini was sixteen years the religious head of the Palestinian Muslims, thirty years their political leader and also for a long time the political representative for the whole Arabic population. And even though it is hard to imagine today there was a time when he was quite popular and well known in Germany as well. Four years, from 1941 to 1945 the Arabic leader lived in the imperial capital. He was much obliged to the state authority and had close friends in the highest ranks of the regime. In Berlin el-Husseini supported the criminal system from the ideological and political side and defended it as ruthless and hard-bitten as a Nazi. His close connections and miscellaneous cooperation with the National Socialists had mainly one common ground: the anti-Semitism. The relation between the Mufti and the Nazis is strange and tells a until today unknown story of the Third Empire.

Spur des Feuers

Spur des Feuers

TV-Documentary – 52 min.

Writer / Director: Henry Köhler
Camera: Wolfgang Lindig
Commissioning Editor: Dr. Katja Wildermuth, Martin Hübner, Frank Egner

Production year: 2008
Broadcasted: October 29 2008 and November 17 2008

In co-production with RossPointFilm by order of MDR and Arte.

On April 2nd 1933 the main office for press and propaganda of “The German student body” decided to strike out “against the Jewish corruption” of the German society. The plan was to burn Jewish corrosive papers in public in all academic cities throughout Germany. In detail the demolition of the literary work of a whole generation of German authors was determined in a four-page procedure plan. But of course the victims of that act were not only the books but also their writers. Beyond the book burning the documentary follows exemplary some artists biographies – whose names have been released on radio on that day – and their fates during the regime of the National Socialism.

Kennen Sie Heino?

Kennen Sie Heino?

TV-Documentary – 2 x 30 min.

Writer / Diretor: Martin Buchholz
Camera: Jochen Schmoll
Commissioning Editor: Axel Beyer (WDR) 

Production year: 2008
Broadcasted: April 12 and 13 2009

In co-production with RossPointFilm by order of the MDR.

Heino? One can’t believe it! – The work of an unknown artist.

“Do you know Heino?”
“Yes, of course!”
“Heino Jaeger?“
„Oh? Is that his last name?“
How could it have happen that Heino Jaeger stayed an insider tip for 25 years? “We probably don’t deserve him” says Loriot. „One of the best and still until today unmatched.” reckons Olli Dittrich. Strange. At public surveys nobody knows Heino Jaeger. However all famous German humorists assure there has never been a greater comedian than him. Reason enough to get an own idea of that Heino Jaeger? … “It is even allowed to laugh during the film – however it could be dangerous.” (Heino Jaeger in “Filmkritiker”)

Neues von der Henne

Neues von der Henne

TV Documentary – 90 min 

Cast: Heinz Rennhack, Gunter Emmerlich, Ingeborg Krabbe, Alfons Wonneberg, Alfred Müller, Edgar Kühlow

Writer / Director: Thomas Hermann
Camera: Günther Trepp, Knut Muhsik
Commissioning Editor: Udo Foht

Production year: 2008
Broadcasted: 16.03.2008

In co-produktion with RossPointFilm by order of MDR.

On September the 8th 2007 the great entertainer and actress Helga Hahnemann would have been 70 years old. On December 18th 1977 the premiere of her first own TV-Show took place and 40 years before today she stood for the first time on the stage of the Friedrichstadtpalast in Berlin. A great many of special jubilee which Helga Hahnemann certainly would liked to celebrate in the Friedrichstadtpalast. However unfortunately that kind of show will never happen – or maybe it will? In the imagination and thoughts of many people who never forgot her, it should be possible. Even after so many years the audience still dearly adores her work. So yes this show is fictional but also a matchless revue of known and unknown performances with the Henne – discoveries and surprises presented in a new way.

Verschwörung gegen die Republik

Verschwörung gegen die Republik

Das Attentat auf Matthias Erzberger
Der Mord an Walther Rathenau

TV-Documentary – 2 x 45 min.

Writer / Director: Heinrich Billstein
Camera: Reinhold Vorschneider
Commissioning Editor: Susanne Spröer (WDR), Meggy Steffens (BR)

Production year: 2007
Broadcasted: January 12 and 19 2009

In co-production with RossPointFilm by order of WDR and BR

The documentary „Verschwörung gegen die Republik“ analyzes in two parts the storys and backgrounds of the murders of Matthias Erzberger 1921 and Walther Rathenau 1922. The victims and their assassins are portrayed with their political motives and views. With the means of scenic reconstruction the events leading to the assassinations, their executions and also the capture of the murderers become comprehendible for the audience.

Hannoveraner im Einsatz

Hannoveraner im Einsatz:
Das harte Training der Reiterpolize

TV-Documentary – 3 x 60 min.

Writer / Director: Eike Besuden
Camera: Heiko Behrens

Production year: 2007
Broadcasted: Rerun June 2008

In co-production with Provobis Film by order of NDR.

The dream job of many police officers is to work at the mounted police force. This documentary accompanies three young chief inspectors during their six-month of special training at the biggest German police ridding squad in Hannover. In a landmarked barrack at the Welfenplatz they are being prepared in theory and praxis for their duties high on horsebacks. Mounted Policemen and their horses have to be ready for any extreme situation. Noise, fire, violent crowds or any other equally difficult situations cannot disturb them during their assignments at for example demonstrations or sport events. Even already during their training the young policemen have to show their qualifications. They are on duty at the G8 summit at Heiligendamm, at a soccer match of Werder Bremen and at the baronial wedding in Bückeburg.