Men in the City
Men in the City (German: Männerherzen; literally "Men's Hearts") is a 2009 German comedy film directed by Simon Verhoeven with Christian Ulmen, Nadja Uhl and Wotan Wilke Möhring. The film was followed by Männerherzen… und die ganz ganz große Liebe in 2011.
|Men in the City|
|Directed by||Simon Verhoeven|
|Produced by||Quirin Berg|
|Screenplay by||Simon Verhoeven|
Wotan Wilke Möhring
|Music by||Simon Verhoeven|
|Edited by||Stefan Essl|
Warner Bros. Pictures Germany
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
Five men attend the same gym in Berlin. None of them seem to have anything in common, but all five have not enough confidence to meet or develop relationships with the opposite sex, and what it really means to be a man or what women expect of them. Günther Stobanski, portrayed by Christian Ulmen, fails with Internet dating, music producer Jerome Ades, portrayed by Til Schweiger, passes from a sentimental break-up story to another. Roland Feldberg, a train driver portrayed by Wotan Wilke Möhring, snubs his wife Susanne Feldberg portrayed by Nadja Uhl. The girlfriend of Philip Henrion, portrayed by Maxim Mehmet, becomes pregnant at a young age. Niklas Michalke, portrayed by Florian David Fitz, is terrified by his impending marriage, while Bruce Berger, a singer portrayed by Justus von Dohnányi, tries to pursue his singing career.
- Christian Ulmen as Günther Stobanski
- Wotan Wilke Möhring as Roland Feldberg, a railroad engineer
- Nadja Uhl as Susanne Feldberg, Roland's wife
- Til Schweiger as Jerome Ades, a music producer
- Maxim Mehmet as Philip Henrion
- Florian David Fitz as Niklas Michalke
- Jana Pallaske as Nina Hellmich
- Justus von Dohnányi as Bruce Berger, a singer
- Inez Bjørg David as Maria Hellström
- Liane Forestieri as Laura Sandner
- Fritz Karl as Martin
- Fahri Ögün Yardim as Loco
- Palina Rojinski as Sabrina Silver
- Birge Schade as Pflegerin Beate
- Carl Heinz Choynski as Vater Feldberg
- Bastian Pastewka as Father
- Dennis Gansel as Lars
The main theme of the film is the search for love and happiness, and the fear of being alone, but love is a battlefield and it's worth fighting for the woman you love.
- Writing and production credits
- Simon Verhoeven – film director and screenwriter
- Jo Heim – director of photography
- Quirin Berg – film producer
- Max Wiedemann – film producer
- Stefan Essl – editor
- Silke Faber – costume designer
- Thomas Stammer – production designer
- Anja Dihrberg – casting
- Wiedemann & Berg Filmproduktion Gmbh & Co. kg – production company
- Warner Bros. Pictures Germany – film studio
Men in the city was first released in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland on 8 October 2009. The film was screened on 23 October 2010 at the Berlin & Beyond Film Festival in San Francisco, United States.
Music and soundtrackEdit
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The film score and the soundtrack album for Men in the City was produced by Simon Verhoeven and was released on 9 October 2009 through Universal Music. Verhoeven wrote and recorded the album together with the lead singer of the band Marshmellow Club, Rufus Martin. Simon Verhoeven and Wolfgang Hammerschmid were responsible for the film score's composition and orchestration that involved about twenty musicians.
The main theme song, "Wonderful", was written by British pop rock singer and songwriter Gary Go in January 2009 and released on 16 February 2009, as the first and debut single from his self-titled debut studio album. The single reached the Top 40 of the British, German and Austrian music charts. Its music video was filmed on a Berlin rooftop and includes scenes from the film. Go also contributed to the song "Berlin" with a reinterpretation of his song "Brooklyn", featured on his debut album. BRIT Award-winning English singer-songwriter and guitarist James Morrison wrote and composed the song "Watch and Wait".
|1.||"Wonderful"||Gary Baker||Gary Go|
|2.||"This Feeling"||Simon Verhoeven, Wolfgang Hammerschmid, Rufus Martin||Marshmellow Club|
|3.||"If You'll Be Mine" (originally from the 1998 album There's Something Going On)||Stephen Jones||Babybird|
|4.||"In the City"||Verhoeven, Hammerschmid, Martin||Marshmellow Club|
|5.||"North Bergin Avenue (Intro)"||Verhoeven, Hammerschmid||Simon Verhoeven, Wolfgang Hammerschmid|
|6.||"North Bergin Avenue"||Verhoeven, Hammerschmid, Martin||Marshmellow Club|
|7.||"Get Sexy"||Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Bruno Mars, Fred Fairbrass, Richard Fairbrass, Rob Manzoli||Sugababes|
|8.||"Choking on a Marshmallow"||Verhoeven, Hammerschmid, Martin||Marshmellow Club|
|9.||"Berlin"||Gary Bajer||Gary Go|
|10.||"Watch and Wait"||James Morrison||James Morrison|
|11.||"Don't Wanna Feel This Way"||Verhoeven, Hammerschmid, Martin||Marshmellow Club|
|12.||"Love Theme"||Verhoeven, Hammerschmid, Martin||Marshmellow Club|
|13.||"The Good Old Days" (originally from the 2003 album Shootenanny!)||E||Eels|
|14.||"Down in History"||Verhoeven, Hammerschmid, Martin||Marshmellow Club|
|15.||"Stars in Your Head"||Jerome Isma-Ae|
|16.||"Choking on a Marshmallow (Original Version)"||Verhoeven, Hammerschmid, Martin||Marshmellow Club|
|17.||"Tat Twam Asi"||Beathotel|
|18.||"I Need Music"||Verhoeven, Hammerschmid, Martin||Bruce Berger|
|19.||"Alle Kinder dieser Erde"||Verhoeven, Hammerschmid, Martin||Bruce Berger|
|20.||"Sag mir warum"||Verhoeven, Hammerschmid, Martin||Bruce Berger|
|21.||"Tommy's Theme"||Verhoeven, Hammerschmid||Simon Verhoeven, Wolfgang Hammerschmid|
|22.||"Nik's Return"||Verhoeven, Hammerschmid||Simon Verhoeven, Wolfgang Hammerschmid|
|23.||"Roland's Destiny"||Verhoeven, Hammerschmid||Simon Verhoeven, Wolfgang Hammerschmid|
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