If you step into the office of film director Wolfgang Becker, the first thing you see are all the files of accounts.
They’re a reminder of the primary goal of any movie – not art; a film is a commodity, a very expensive product of the culture industry.
It cost just €4.8 million or $5.45 million to produce Mr. Becker’s 2003 hit, “Good Bye, Lenin!” which by November 2003 already had earned $55.69 million worldwide.
Though the film was a smash hit worldwide, it took Mr. Becker over a decade to make another film. He struggled to find financing too.
Back in 2003, Mr. Becker’s big hit, “Good Bye Lenin,” told a story about German reunification. The mother of a family in Berlin becomes unwell and after the doctor tells the children they should protect her from shocks, they try to recreate the world of the German Democratic Republic, where nothing has changed.
In Mr. Becker’s office, there is a brightly colored rocket from the film set in Mr. Becker’s office, right next to the accounting files. It’s the rocket that Alex – played by Daniel Brühl – wanted to fly into space like Sigmund Jähn, East Germany’s first pilot cosmonaut pilot.