24 hours in Ulm


How is Ulm ticking? The glossy documentary shows a 24-hour day in one of the Southwest's strongest economic cities. Around the cathedral, the landmark and center of the city, the film portrays people in various lifestyles and gives insights into the wheels of the city - in front of and behind the scenes.
Ulm is a city of contrasts. It is manageable, thus quite a Swabian province, but far from provincialism. Above all, however, the Danube city is a research and business location bursting with self-confidence. How does the small city of Ulm with its 120,000 inhabitants tick? Where is working, where lived and where lived? Who cares for the warm apartment, who cares for the light? What happens at night on the Danube, behind the walls of Wilhelmsburg, and where does the garbage end up?
The documentation shows how the city works in its infrastructure. Multi-faceted portraits Ulmer citizens form a comprehensive picture of Ulm and her little sister Neu-Ulm on the other side of the Danube. Where can you grab the "Ulmerische"? The documentary begins at dawn and draws a fictional routine until late at night. In 90 minutes she explores the nature and mentality of people who, between Swabian sobriety and a penchant for global players, have developed their own identity. In between, the film provides surprising insights into how things have grown historically and where and how impulses of change have been triggered.
The film starts at 5 o'clock in the morning, when the stands of the weekly market are set up. We accompany the bus driver through the morning rush hour and drive from the bottom of the Alb fresh milk into the city, while in the bakery Zaiser after medieval recipe, the carrot is produced. The film makes a stop at the restorer, who is fighting for the preservation of the stones on the Minster Tower and looks behind the scenes of a gallery owner in the fishing district. We illuminate the work in the container station, in the Böfinger Halde hydroelectric power station, visit the Grabenhäuschen and the waste-to-energy plant. In the course of the film chronicle, the camera accompanies the work of a mortician, the team coach of the Ulm basketball team before the most important game of the season and. Finally, in the afternoon, we head to Friedrichsau to the paddlers on the Danube, to a researcher in the City of Science, who uses hydrogen to produce energy from fuel cells. In the evening we look behind the walls of Wilhelmsburg, where the costume designer works for the "Aida" performance, while a sound artist captures the sound of the Munster bells. We also accompany a math teacher, who lives out his passion for costume play late in the evening and embark on a bat search with a biologist on the banks of the Danube.
With impressive aerial photographs and dense images, the SWR documentary shows that Ulm has more than just the tallest church tower in the world. We experience the Danube city as a visionary.



Director: Sebastian Lindemann
Camera: Axel Schneppat
Editing: Robert Handrick
Production: Filmquadrat.dok GmbH
Editors SWR: Ute Hoffahrt, Ulrike Becker


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