Teststand 7 (2002)

On October 3, 1942 the first rocket took off into space. The Germans had no idea that they had launched the birth of a ghost. It is called Bianca and she is the ghost of the rocket. In search of her origins, Bianca travels all over Germany and through time – from the cradle of space travel in Peenemünde to her planned future in Bremen. Tracing Bianca’s path, the film presents a character study of the rocket.

As the film proceeds, documentary merges with fiction, essential facts are mixed with minor trivia, earnest themes mingle with the comic, technology rubs shoulders with literature. The film is aimed at the heart of our fascination with modern technology, for which the rocket stands as its towering emblem. For Prüfstand 7 the US cultauthor Thomas Pynchon has for the first time given permission for a partial filming of his rocket novel Gravity’s Rainbow.

VIDEO-ON-DEMAND

DETAILS

Writer, Director
Robert Bramkamp
Writers-Support
Andreas Goldstein, Ute Hirschberg, Anja Neraal, Olga Fedianina
Camera
Jakobine Motz
Sound
Robert Gräf, Hubertus Müll
Editing
Anja Neraal
Production manager
Andreas Goldstein
Set director
Ernst Sprenger, Hans Jörg Kapp
Soundtrack
Max Knoth, Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg unter der Leitung von Bernd Wefelmeyer
Theme song
Robert Forster
Starring
Inga Busch, Matthias Fuchs, Peter Lohmeyer, Mario Mentrup, Robert Forster, Helmut Höge, Stefan Heidenreich, Hanjo Berressem, Jeff Caster, Christin König, Jörg Kulbe, Gerhard Motz, Hubertus Müll. Michael Röhrenbach Produzenten: Next Film Filmproduktion (Laurens Straub, Clementina Hegewisch), Robert Bramkamp, VCC Perfect Pictures AG (Michael Goritschnig)
Production
Next Film Filmproduktion (Laurens Straub, Clementina Hegewisch), Robert Bramkamp, VCC Perfect Pictures AG (Michael Goritschnig)
Format
35 mm, color
Length
112 mins.
Sound
Dolby SR
In Cooperation with
In Coproduction with
3-sat Redaktion Udo Bremer
Funding
Premiere
35. Hofer Filmtage, 5. Duisburger Filmwoche, 1. Internationales Frankfurter Filmfest
Distribution