International Competition

Losers and Winners

Ulrike Franke, Michael Loeken

A tangible take on the big-picture issue of globalization, ‘Losers and Winners’ tells the remarkable story of the state of the art hypermodern coke plant in Kaiserstuhl Germany, which after being built at a cost of 650 million Euro, has been shut down due to poor profits and sold to China. But the Chinese have no intention of coming to Germany to run the plant, instead they plan to disassemble the gargantuan maze of pipes and towers and reassemble it on their own turf. As 400 Chinese workers descend on the plant, a culture clash erupts between the driven, low-paid foreigners and the remaining financially better-off plant workers left to supervise the operation.

Ulrike Franke

Ulrike Franke was born in Dortmund, Germany in 1970. She took up drama, film and TV studies in Cologne in 1991. In 1996 she co-founded Loeken Franke film production company. Since then she has been active as a screenwriter, director and producer.

Michael Loeken

Michael Loeken was born in Neviges, Germany in 1954. He studied drama, film and TV in Cologne. Made his documentary debut in 1981. He has been working as a sound recordist since 1982. In 1996 he co-founded Loeken Franke film production company. Since then he has been working with Ulrike Franke as a scriptwriter, director and producer.

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Losers and Winners

2006, 0' 96'', color, video

Directed by:
Ulrike Franke, Michael Loeken

Screenplay by:
Ulrike Franke, Michael Loeken

Michael Loeken, Ruediger Spott

Edited by:
Guido Krajewski

Maciej Sledziecki

Michael Loeken

Produced by:
Filmproduktion Loeken Franke

Festivals & Awards:

One World Festival 2007 - Best Film Award; HOTDOCS 2007 - Best International Feature Documentary; Dokufest - Special Mention