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On Thursday August 17 “CONNY PLANK – THE POTENTIAL OF NOISE” will have its international premiere. Stephan Plan, Conny Plank’s son acts as director, writer and co-producer of this documentary. The film, produced by Sugar Town Filmproduktion, offers an intimate insight into the work of Conny Plank, who is considered to be one of the most important German producers in the history of pop music. His collaborations with the greats of German (kraut-)rock like NEU!, KRAFTWERK or CAN are celebrated around the world and are regarded as legendary. In addition he worked with ULTRAVOX, EURYTHMICS and Gianna Nannini.

Following the premiere will be a discussion with persons involved in the movie (tba).

In addition there will be a talk about the film during the programme of c/o pop Convention 2017.

The premiere will take place at Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal at the broadcasting center (Funkhaus) of the Westdeutscher Rundfunk). Holders of festival tickets and day passes can register to attend the premiere via film@c-o-pop.de with the subject line »Conny Plank« – first come, first served; the premiere is an included service of the festival programme. Entrance can only be guaranteed for the predetermined seats.

Additionally special tickets for the premiere can be purchased exclusively on the c/o pop Festival ticket page (at a price of 10 euros).

„CONNY PLANK – THE POTENTIAL OF NOISE“ is a production of Sugar Town Filmproduktion GmbH & Co. KG and Seneschall Film in co-production with cine plus Filmproduktion GmbH, zischlermann filmproduktion GmbH and WDR in cooperation with ARTE © 2017. Sponsored by the NRW Filmstiftung, the Filmförderanstalt FFA, BKM and the Deutscher Filmförderfonds DFFF.

On Friday August 18 we will celebrate the NRW premiere of the film version Sven Regener’s book “MAGICAL MYSTERY ODER: DIE RÜCKKEHR DES KARL SCHMIDT“ in the newly renovated Cineplex Filmpalast. Arne Feldhusen (“Stromberg”) directed the film adaptation that stars Charly Hübner and Detlev Buck. Cologne heroes like Hans Nieswandt, Wolfgang Voigt and Justus Köhncke are appearing in supporting roles. The road movie with all of its well-known faces and locations shows a lot of Cologne local coloring overall.

While Karl suffered a depressive nervous breakdown on the day the Berlin Wall was opened and was committed to a mental hospital, all of his old friends became stars of the German techno scene by now. They plan on going on a “Magical Mystery”-Tour through Germany with their successful record label, to reconcile the rave of the 90s with the hippie spirit of the 60s. And for this they need a driver who has to stay sober at all times. It is exactly what Karl Schmidt was waiting for, has he is weary of the dreary life in his therapy-flat share. This is the start of an adventurous road trip through 90s Germany, taken by a handful of techno freaks and under the care of a mentally unstable ex-artist.

Following the premiere will be a discussion with stars of the movie.

In addition there will be the possibility to participate in a talk with the filmmaker during the programme of c/o pop Convention 2017. (For which you will need a ticket for the c/o pop Convention 2017 or the combination ticket “c/o pop Convention + Festival“.)

Holders of festival tickets and day passes can register to attend the premiere via film@c-o-pop.de with the subject line »Magical Mystery« anmelden – first come, first served; the premiere is an included service of the festival programme. Entrance can only be guaranteed for the predetermined seats.

The film „MAGICAL MYSTERY ODER: DIE RÜCKKEHR DES KARL SCHMIDT“ was sponsored by the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, among others.