EN - After Bertolt Brecht’s 'Threepenny Opera' is a huge success in 1928 in Berlin, cinema producers want the author to turn it into a film. But Brecht and his production company have very different interests: Brecht has a real creative vision; the production company wants to make money. While the film and its central conflict begin to take shape, Brecht unleashes an unprecedented conflict of his own: he takes the producers to court over their undermining of the author’s rights for financial gain.


Title Mack the Knife - Brecht Threepenny Film
Original title Mackie Messer - Brechts Dreigroschenfilm
Original language German
Status Completed
Production Minority Flemish
Category Features
Genre Historical drama
Year 2018
World première / first public presentation 2018-06-26


Cast Lars Eidinger, Tobias Moretti, Joachim Krol, Britta Hammelstein, Hannah Herzsprung, Robert Stadlober, Peri Baumeister
Photography David Slama
Editing Alexander Dittner
Sound Eric Rueff, Noemi Hampel, Matthias Schwab
Art director Benedikt Herforth
Costume Lucia Faust
Makeup Leyla Van Hassel
Music Walter Mair, Kurt Schwertsik

Technical specs

Running time film 130'
Release format DCP
Aspect ratio 2:35
Colour Colour and black-white
Available in 2D


Main producer Michael Souvignier, Till Derenbach
Main production company Zeitspring Pictures (DE)
Supported by Screen Flanders, DFFF, ARTE, MFG Badenwürttemberg, SWR Südwestrundfunk, NDR Norddeutscher Rundfunk, ORF, RBB Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg
Tax shelter partners Shelter Prod

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Last edited on 8 December 2018

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Director Joachim Lang
Producers Sebastian Schelenz
Writers Joachim Lang

Velvet Films
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