TOKIO HOTEL - BEYOND THE WORLD
With millions of records sold, the German band TOKIO HOTEL became a teenage sensation, first in Germany and then internationally. A close-up portrait of a band that has grown up and follows its own, highly individual path.
At the age of nine, German twins Bill and Tom Kaulitz decide to become famous. Aged twelve, they form a band together with Gustav Schäfer and Georg Listing that would go on to conquer the world as Tokio Hotel from 2005. They are admired, ridiculed, hated and adored … And a gigantic success: they go platinum in 60 countries, concerts are sold out and the androgynous Bill becomes a style icon. Rich and famous in their early 20s, the twins fly to Los Angeles by private jet, leaving behind thousands of devoted fans and a life behind protective walls. They want their freedom back … without knowing what the future holds.
The film delves into the lives of the band, accompanying Bill and Tom through Californian deserts and visiting Gustav and Georg in their hometown, Magdeburg, on the banks of the river Elbe.. They talk about the price of success, the inseparability of twins, about love, sexuality, home and music. The band comes together in a Berlin studio to produce their new album and to prepare for their next world tour.
With steely determination and a lifetime of experience already, the band follows their childhood dream: the pop fairy tale that is Tokio Hotel continues…
Original title: TOKIO HOTEL - HINTER DIE WELT
Subtitles: English, French & Spanish
Duration: 90 min.
Director / Script: Oliver Schwabe
Director of Photography: Benjamin Wistorf
Editing: Christan Becker
Sound: Filipp Forberg, Martin Ehleben, Oliver Prasniker
Production Manager: Rolf Bremenkamp & Monika Mack
Producer: Birgit Schulz
Editor: Christian von Behr (RBB/ARTE), Birgit Keller-Reddemann (WDR), Oliver Schwehm (ARTE)
In Co-produktion with RBB, ARTE and WDR
Supported by Film- und Medienstiftung NRW