TROUBLE by Penelope Buitenhuis

May 14, 2023 8:30 pm

Continuing the series of screenings on the theme of gentrification, a series that started during Dreamland Film Festival with the film Days, ΛΑΛΑ presents the first Athens screening of quintessential Berlin film and an underground classic, Trouble by Penelope Buitenhuis, produced by our beloved Jürgen Brüning, with a diverse cast and a crew consisting predominantly of women.

Trouble focuses on Jonnie, a black Canadian ex-pat musician living in Berlin in the beginning of the 1990s, shortly after the fall of the Wall. Jonnie has just started a new band in Berlin but the new capital is suffering racial tension and growing pains since the fall of the wall. Rising prices, housing shortages, and cut-throat speculation threatens the existence of Rock House where she and other bands rehearse. The community is at stake and her new boyfriends subversive group have a plan to strike back.

A film commenting on the catastrophic effects of gentrification, which had already started in the 90s, and which still plagues Berlin to this day, in its worst form, but it’s also a film about the art scene back then and how artists survived in a city full of rubble of the past. With a special appearance by Françoise Cactus of Stereototal!