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From the 24th floor of the Oder Tower – a landmark that be seen from far afield – you have the best view of what Frankfurt an der Oder has to offer: lakes, rivers, greenery and culture. The city’s landmark and the centre of social life is the 14th century church of St. Marien with Brandenburg's largest church bells. The most precious treasure here are the three fascinating choir windows with their medieval stained glass.
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  • Rathaus in Frankfurt (Oder), TMB-Fotoarchiv: Matthias Schäfer
  • Blick vom Oder-Strand in Frankfurt (Oder) hinüber auf die polnische Seite, TMB-Fotoarchiv: Matthias Schäfer
  • Drehort für „Halbe Treppe“ in Frankfurt (Oder), TMB-Fotoarchiv: Matthias Schäfer
  • Steffi Kühnert und Axel Prahl in einer Szene des Films „Halbe Treppe“, der in Frankfurt (Oder) entstand, Foto: Rommel Film
  • Schauspieler Devid Striesow als Matratzen-Verkäufer in dem Film „Lichter“, der in Frankfurt (Oder) gedreht wurde, Foto: Claussen+Putz Filmproduktion GmbH
  • Brücke über die Oder ins polnische Slubice, TMB-Fotoarchiv: Matthias Schäfer
  • Europa-Universität Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), TMB-Fotoarchiv: Matthias Schäfer
  • Blick vom Oderturm auf Frankfurt (Oder) und Slubice, Foto:  Matthias Schäfer
Situated on the easternmost edge of Brandenburg right on the Polish border, Frankfurt and its Polish counterpart Słubice now form two halves of a European twin city – separated by one of the longest rivers in Europe, the Oder. It was this river that was the focus of the 2003 film Lichter. Directed by Hans-Christian Schmid, it describes the lives of the people who lived on this border when it could not be freely crossed as it can today. They try their luck on both sides of the river – characters such as the bankrupted mattress salesman, played by Devid Striesow.

Director Andreas Dresen also has a fine sense of cinematic realism: he draws his inspiration from the close proximity between the capital of Berlin and the Brandenburg province. Despite the social hardship portrayed, his protagonists never lose hope and always retain their humour – as for example in the 2002 tragicomedy Halbe Treppe which was shot in Frankfurt (Oder). Starring Axel Prahl in one of the leading roles, the film is about two couples who go through a marriage crisis. As is so often the case, Andreas Dresen makes extensive use of a hand camera and allows the actors to improvise freely.

Frankfurt (Oder) is also the setting for individual episodes of the ARD crime series Polizeiruf 110 starring Horst Krause.

Lichter
  • Genre: Drama
  • Description: This film reflects the situation on the border between Poland and Germany. Following the fortunes of several individuals, it paints a picture of life in this region: some Ukrainians want to cross the border illegally into Germany, a company wants to build a new factory, a Polish taxi driver urgently needs money to buy his daughter a communion dress and so on.
  • Directed by: Hans-Christian Schmidt
  • Country of production: Germany
  • Distributor/broadcaster: 20th Century Fox Germany GmbH
  • Cast: Andrzej Górak, Anna Yanovskaya, Sergey Frolov
  • Trailer: Link zu YouTube

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From the 24th floor of the Oder Tower – a landmark that be seen from far afield – you have the best view of what Frankfurt an der Oder has to offer: lakes, rivers, greenery and culture. The city’s landmark and the centre of social life is the 14th century church of St. Marien with Brandenburg's largest church bells. The most precious treasure here are the three fascinating choir windows with their medieval stained glass.
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  • Rathaus in Frankfurt (Oder), TMB-Fotoarchiv: Matthias Schäfer
  • Blick vom Oder-Strand in Frankfurt (Oder) hinüber auf die polnische Seite, TMB-Fotoarchiv: Matthias Schäfer
  • Drehort für „Halbe Treppe“ in Frankfurt (Oder), TMB-Fotoarchiv: Matthias Schäfer
  • Steffi Kühnert und Axel Prahl in einer Szene des Films „Halbe Treppe“, der in Frankfurt (Oder) entstand, Foto: Rommel Film
  • Schauspieler Devid Striesow als Matratzen-Verkäufer in dem Film „Lichter“, der in Frankfurt (Oder) gedreht wurde, Foto: Claussen+Putz Filmproduktion GmbH
  • Brücke über die Oder ins polnische Slubice, TMB-Fotoarchiv: Matthias Schäfer
  • Europa-Universität Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), TMB-Fotoarchiv: Matthias Schäfer
Situated on the easternmost edge of Brandenburg right on the Polish border, Frankfurt and its Polish counterpart Słubice now form two halves of a European twin city – separated by one of the longest rivers in Europe, the Oder. It was this river that was the focus of the 2003 film Lichter. Directed by Hans-Christian Schmid, it describes the lives of the people who lived on this border when it could not be freely crossed as it can today. They try their luck on both sides of the river – characters such as the bankrupted mattress salesman, played by Devid Striesow.

Director Andreas Dresen also has a fine sense of cinematic realism: he draws his inspiration from the close proximity between the capital of Berlin and the Brandenburg province. Despite the social hardship portrayed, his protagonists never lose hope and always retain their humour – as for example in the 2002 tragicomedy Halbe Treppe which was shot in Frankfurt (Oder). Starring Axel Prahl in one of the leading roles, the film is about two couples who go through a marriage crisis. As is so often the case, Andreas Dresen makes extensive use of a hand camera and allows the actors to improvise freely.

Frankfurt (Oder) is also the setting for individual episodes of the ARD crime series Polizeiruf 110 starring Horst Krause.

Lichter
  • Genre: Drama
  • Description: This film reflects the situation on the border between Poland and Germany. Following the fortunes of several individuals, it paints a picture of life in this region: some Ukrainians want to cross the border illegally into Germany, a company wants to build a new factory, a Polish taxi driver urgently needs money to buy his daughter a communion dress and so on.
  • Directed by: Hans-Christian Schmidt
  • Country of production: Germany
  • Distributor/broadcaster: 20th Century Fox Germany GmbH
  • Cast: Andrzej Górak, Anna Yanovskaya, Sergey Frolov
  • Trailer: Link zu YouTube

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Heilbronner Straße

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