Opel Speedster – Kinopel

Tom & Lilly – a great cinema love story.

Engineer Tom sees cool poster sticker Lilly standing in the parking lot crying after work and knows immediately: That’s the one! But this love is under a bad star, because Lilly’s fate will end tragically that day. The only one who can stop that is Tom. When he realizes this and fails for the first time, he bundles all his will and reverses time, builds a time loop that gives him a new chance to change fate…

Image-Film for Opel / 10′

Agency: Milla & Partner, Ingo Kaske

Production company: SAM-Film / Andreas Ulmke-Smeaton

Actors: Oliver Bootz, Liane Forestieri

Making of

Around the year 2000, Opel had the vision of building a large car center in Rüsselsheim where customers would pick up their cars themselves. As VW did with the “Autostadt” in Wolfsburg, Opel wanted to create a theme park around this centre to guide customers through Opel’s brand world. The center piece of “Opel City” was planned as an ultra-modern cinema, where a film should promote the brand’s new image carrier: the Opel Speedster, a super-light sports car that Opel had just developed together with classic British sports car maker Lotus. What crazy times! Rainer Kaufmann, one of the most respected German directors, told me back then that he had just shot the “Autostadt” brand film for Bentley and the old bourgeois brand Opel built a super cool sports car with Lotus. Everything seemed possible…

Together with the production company Picture Planet, director Hans Horn developed the concept for an image film in which a hero had to save the heroine in three time loops with the help of the Opel Speedster. Since Hans had to hand over the project for scheduling reasons, I took over the structure of his concept, slimmed it down and focused the story on the two characters and their struggle against the powers of destiny.

Together with the production company SAM-Film I shot the film in Berlin in autumn 2000 and finished it for the coming winter. Unfortunately, the quarterly figures from the turn of the year 2000/2001 were so bad that the Opel management decided to discontinue not only the image film, but the entire theme park. Only the fact that Opel’s lawyers had found that it would be cheaper to finish the film than to stop it led us to get it through online and mixing. The Opel guys didn’t even show up for the final approval. As the final master ran in the sound studio, I was sitting there with the sound engineer alone. This makes us two the only people who have ever seen this huge project in a movie theatre for which it had been planned for so long time.

People with little time will find the trailer here. All the others will find the whole movie below.

Attention: This is a showreel version with free music. The password can be found here.