Der Hannover-Komplex

Documentary | DE 2015 | 90' | OV

For decades, Lower Saxony’s state capital, Hanover, was considered the epitome of mediocrity – about as exciting as the smaller town of Bielefeld, »an Autobahn exit between Göttingen and Walsrode.« In keeping with that sentiment, Jasper Morrison’s design for Hanover’s trams is called »Supernormal.« In his new documentary, Lutz Hachmeister takes a close look at this »supernormality« of Hanover. For since the 1970s, the Hanover complex has evolved into a center of political power and powerful politicians in Germany – a point proven by names like Gerhard Schröder, Christian Wulff, Sigmar Gabriel, or Ursula von der Leyen, the daughter of former State Prime Minister Ernst Albrecht. Providing an analysis of the city’s peculiar network connecting the spheres of business, politics, and high society, Hachmeister’s Hanover revue depicts the social conditions in this habitually belittled provincial capital, a city that has fully come to terms with its inconspicuous role in the middle of Germany. At the same time, the film continues Hachmeister’s earlier explorations of German mentalities from a political and historical perspective (as in the ARD documentaries SOCIAL DEMOCRATS – 18 MONTHS AMONG COMRADES and LOOKING FOR PETER HARTZ).

EIKON, in Kooperation mit HMR Produktion, in Koproduktion mit WDR, SWR, NDR, RBB und Phoenix, gefördert von der Film- und Medienstiftung NRW

Director
Lutz Hachmeister
Producer
Ernst Ludwig Ganzert
Photography
Hajo Schomerus, Dirk Wojcik
Editor
Guido Krajewski
Sound
Stavros Charitidis

Selected filmography Lutz Hachmeister

HÔTEL PROVENÇAL (2000), SCHLEYER – EINE DEUTSCHE GESCHICHTE (2003), DAS GOEBBELS-EXPERIMENT (2005), BUCHT DER MILLIARDÄRE (2007), FREUNDSCHAFT! – DIE FREIE DEUTSCHE JUGEND (2009), THREE STARS (DIE KÖCHE UND DIE STERNE, 2011), THE REAL AMERICAN – JOE MCCARTHY (2012)