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Children dream of what they will be as adults and adults dream about their childhood. But sometimes, when orderly life becomes paralyzed in routine, adults need the inner child to bring about change: “Be my rebel”, the first collaboration of the two music legends Nena and Dave Stewart, premiered at Nenas 40th anniversary on stage. The accompanying video by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Virgil Widrich transfers the story into a dreamlike, glass mirror world that is powered by Dave Stewart at the controls of his classic modular synthesizers. At the typewriter: Nena as an annoyed bookkeeper, who threatens to disappear soon with her flower dress in her flower wallpaper. But the inner dialogue works in both directions and soon takes effect: rebellion changes the past – and thus also the future.

Winner of 13 international film awards!


Director Biography – Virgil Widrich

Virgil Widrich, born 1967 in Salzburg, winner of over 130 international film awards including an Oscar-nomination for his short “Copy Shop”. His most recent feature film is “Night of a 1000 Hours” (2016). In 2018 he directed his first music video “Nena & Dave Stewart: Be my Rebel” and produced the experimental short “Light Matter”. Virgil Widrich lives in Vienna, Austria.


Virgil Widrich Director Fast Film, Copy Shop, back track, Vienna table trip, Night of a 1000 Hours
Virgil Widrich Writer Fast Film, Copy Shop, back track, Vienna table trip, Night of a 1000 Hours
Philipp Palm Producer
Nena Kerner Key Cast 99 Red Balloons
Dave Stewart Key Cast Eurythmics
Annika Prevrhal Key Cast “child”
Bernhard Schlick Camera
Kristin Feddersen Production design
Dennis Hansen Production design
Dave Stewart Music Eurythmics
Nena Kerner Music 99 Red Balloons
Derek von Krogh Music
Georgios Tsialis Make-up
Susan Voss-Redfern Make-up
Frank Wilde Styling
Philipp Palm Drums
Eileen Brunngräber Production manager
Sabrina Donati Executive Producer
Philipp Palm Executive Producer
Film Type: Animation, Experimental, Music Video, Short
Genres: Sci-Fi, Dystopia, Phantasy, Wonderland, Rock, Pop, Eurythmics, Nena, Childhood, film noir
Runtime: 3 minutes 45 seconds
Completion Date: February 19, 2018
Production Budget: 50,000 USD
Country of Origin: Germany
Country of Filming: Germany
Film Language: English
Shooting Format: Digital DSLR
Aspect Ratio: 1:1.78
Film Color: Color
First-time Filmmaker: No
Student Project: No