The Way We Were | © Flare Film
© Flare Film
Documentary Feature | 2019-2020 | Docu-Drama | Germany
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    Brief synopsis

    HE WAY WE WERE is a futuristic documentary fairytale about biodiversity, the beauty of nature, and how Ben, the student, saved the world. In the year 2045, people look back at the past. The film explores their memories of a bygone golden age: our own beautiful present. A world where millions of plants and animals live on a planet that is still relatively healthy. Home to a level of biodiversity that could still be saved if people weren’t primarily focused on themselves. THE WAY WE WERE is a new documentary tale by THIS AIN’T CALIFORNIA director Marten Persiel.

    (Flare Film)


    ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
    Noah SaavedraBen [L]
    Jessamine Bliss BellCherry [SR]
    Paul G. RaymondFini [SR]
    Wim WendersProtagonist / Interviewpartner
    Markus ImhoofN.N.


    Director of photographyFelix Leiberg
    Camera operatorConrad Lobst+ GimbalOperator | 3 DT | Fiction Block 1
    1st assistant cameraJulian Hanschke
    1st assistant cameraGregor Steinweg
    1st assistant cameraLisa BühlB-Cam // 1 DT
    1st assistant cameraMartin RudolphAlexa Mini - Infrared
    2nd assistant cameraJulius BoehmFiction Block 2, Zusatz DT
    2nd assistant cameraHannah SchwaigerFiction Block 2
    2nd assistant cameraJonas Steltenkamp+ Data-Wrangler, +Videooperator
    Rear projection plates operatorBen ImmelPlate Assistant
    Casting directorAriane Thornton-Mason
    Casting directorSuse Marquardt
    Casting directorAlexandra Koknat
    Costume designerMariella Kallenberg
    WardrobeJennifer RudeloveDreh in Berlin
    DirectorMarten Persiel
    1st AD (local system)Nils Strüven1st AD Fiction-Block
    2nd AD crowd (local system)Paula TuschnerFiction Block
    ProducerMartin Heisler
    ProducerKatharina Bergfeld
    Production designerSebastian Soukup
    Art directorJulia Maria BaumannNRW
    Set decoratorIna Timmerberg
    Prop masterNina Hirschberg
    Standby propsNele Richter
    Set dresserJens Mommertz
    Location scoutRüdiger Jordan
    Property driverKevin Kerle
    Travel coordinatorSvenja Heinrichs
    Location managerPatric BoddenbergLocation Manager NRW
    Production driverCarsten SteinAmsterdam & NRW
    ScreenwriterMarten Persiel
    Co-writerAisha Prigann
    Commissioning editorDagmar Mielkerbb/arte
    Commissioning editorRolf Bergmann
    Commissioning editorTimo Großpietsch
    Commissioning editorMatthias Leybrand

    Production companies

    Flare Film GmbH [de]
    Windmill Films [nl]coproduction
    RBB - Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg [de]coproduction
    NDR - Norddeutscher Rundfunk [de]coproduction
    BR Bayerischer Rundfunk [de]coproduction
    Arte [de/fr]in collaboration

    Distributing companies

    Farbfilm Verleih GmbH [de]


    Finance/Law/Insuranceadag Payroll Services GmbHKomparsenabrechnung
    Production ServicesFilmservice AndermannHaltverbotzonen
    Production ServicesHot&Ready CateringBerlin
    Production ServicesOnkel Toms Hütte
    Transportation, Travel and AccomodationUpper Level Travel GmbH
    PropsEES Erpelding EDV SystemeComputer Zubehör
    Video/Computer PlaybackProduction Concept GmbH & Co. KGKFZ Plates