EXCERPTS OF THE SCREENPLAY "UNLUCKY ANGELS" 1.DRAFT 06/09/09

INT. LAURAS APARTMENT/ LIVING-ROOM - NIGHT

Back in Berlin-Wedding. Laura is dancing in her apartment
and sings to herself in a poetical rap style: She dreams of
Sedal, the sex god in town. She can´t believe, that he
seems to like her. What for a marvelous man has joined
their varieté! 

She is calling her father in New York and takes up the
phone. Her father Johnny in his loft.

				   LAURA:
		 I miss you.

				   JOHNNY:
		 Miss you even more.

				   LAURA:
		 It was your decision...

				   JOHNNY:
		 ..it was a mistake.

				   LAURA:
		 We open up a music hall.

				   JOHNNY:
		 So you need me as a singer,
		 not as your father?

				   LAURA:
		 We just love you.

				   JOHNNY:
		 Everybody loves me, but nobody
		 loves me as a human being. 

				   LAURA:
		 I do.

				   JOHNNY:
		 You don´t know me.

				   LAURA:
		 Yes, I do.

Silence.

				   JOHNNY:
		 How much do you pay?

				   LAURA:
		 So you don´t want to support your
		 daughter and her friends!?

				   JOHNNY:
		 I will think it over.

				   LAURA:
		 You can only think in terms of
		 money and career. I know you.

				   JOHNNY:
		 You don´t know me.

				   LAURA:
		 Then come to Berlin and show me
		 who you are!

TWO DAYS LATER

INT. BALLROOM - DAY

Carefully Laura and Sedal enter the old ball-room, a
palace in an art déco style opens up. They feel like in a
different time, the twenties in Berlin. Sedal starts the
ghetto-blaster, takes the hand of Laura and they begin to
dance. 

They seem to enter another world. But this time the two
lovers don´t seduce each other but start to dispute in a
poetical rap style while they dance in the dust of the day. 

Sedal is playing the lover. He throws Laura into the air,
she falls down on the floor: "She fouls him, she cheats on
him! Why!?" Laura pushes him back, while dancing, it is not
true, it is the contrary: "He doesn´t respect her." She
won´t squat, yes, she will, no, we won´t, he is crazy...
The mise-en-scène of their dancing mixes with their reality
as lovers "Laura + Sedal".

EXT. BERLIN AIRPORT - DAY

Johnny is standing with a suitcase at the airport in Berlin
and gets into a taxi. Some people passing by look at him
with interest.

EXT. STREETS IN BERLIN-WEDDING - DAY

The taxi passes by typical, old apartment houses from the
end of the 19th century. Johnny is staring at them,
memories come up... 

Fade to

INT. JOHNNYS PARENTS APARTMENT/LIVING ROOM - DAY

A little two-room apartment in 1959. His mother presents
her three year old son, playing piano, to several aunts
with grey hair and dark clothes. Johnny looks like a grown
up man, drilled by his mother, already behaving like a
gentleman. The aunts are delighted and pat his short hair,
while his mother controls every movement of his playing. He
looks sad and ill.

EXT. JOHNNYS PARENTS APARTMENT-BUILDING - DAY

Outside in the streets the 3 year old Johnny is standing
alone and stares at the boys around him, teasing him. The
kids don´t look as neat and tidy as Klaus in his Prussian
style of clothes and his hair cut from the forties.

				   KIDS:
		 Mamas boy, mamas boy...

Fade to

INT. BALLROOM - DAY

The light of the evening sun is falling into the dusty ball
room of the twenties.
Sedal is playing with Laura while dancing, gliding with his
hand down her back. She is lost in his eyes like in a deep
blue sea and enjoys his game. They seem like floating over
the stage.

Suddenly the door opens: Johnny. For a second he is
shocked, but immediately controls his face. Laura stops
dancing and runs towards him, falling into his arms.

Tenderly Johnny is patting the hair of Laura and kisses her
on her cheek.

				   JOHNNY:
		 It´s the last time.

Then he realizes the ball-room.

				   JOHNNY: (CONT'D)
		 This place is in a worse state than me.

				   LAURA:
		 Do you join
		 us, or do you leave in two hours?

				   JOHNNY:
		 When do you plan the first night?

				   LAURA:
		 In two weeks.

				   JOHNNY:
		 Are you crazy!

				   LAURA:
		 Only poor. They are going to pull
		 down the building in two weeks. 

A DAY LATER

EXT. ORANIENBURGERSTREET - NIGHT

A street in the center of old Berlin with its cafés and
restaurants. Laura is sitting on the back of Sedals
bicycle. They are both laughing while driving in serpent
lines on the rails of the tramway. They pass by an old
demolished department store, occupied by artists. People
are strolling along the boulevard, while Laura nearly falls
of the bicycle. They are both enjoying their freedom.

EXT. MONBIJOUPARK - NIGHT

They leave their bicycle behind and enter the lonesome
Monbijou park, listening to the rustling of the trees.

Sedal looks Laura into her eyes. But before he comes closer
to her, she eludes him.

				   LAURA:
		 I should have stayed with my
		 father. 

				   SEDAL:
		 Don´t worry, he likes our project
		 and will have a lot of fun with
		 us and his old pal.

Sedal tears her away along the old canal towards the huge
dome from the 19th century. 

EXT. BRIDGE OVER CANAL - NIGHT

Laura and Sedal walk onto the bridge which leads them to
the island of museums with the antique national gallery.
Slowly they are coming closer to each other, looking at the
monuments of Berlin history.

Suddenly they are standing at the edge of the old bridge,
watching the sparkling water of the river "Spree". All the
noises of the city are vanishing, while they are on their
own.

				   SEDAL:
		 The first thing, I remember from
		 school was, that Berlin has been
		 founded at this place 768 years
		 ago.

				   LAURA:
		 So the past is haunting us
		 everywhere.

				   SEDAL:
		 No, the past gives us the
		 strength to let beautiful
		 blossoms flourish in our
		 presence.

Sedal tenderly touches her cheek.
They are coming closer to each other but Sedal doesn´t dare
to kiss her. Only their reflections are melting in the
waves of the sparkling water, where all the lights of the
night are shining at once. 

INT. BALLROOM - NIGHT

Anton is dressing the bar, unwrapping glasses, while Johnny
is sitting furious at the bar smoking for the first time.

				   JOHNNY:
		 I´m coming back into this
		 devilish country, I invest in
		 this Cabaret and she runs away.

				   ANTON:
		 Laura didn´t have a boy-friend
		 for ages, constantly working,
		 torturing her body up to a total
		 burn-out.

				   JOHNNY:
		 When?

				   ANTON:
		 A year ago. She had
		 a sinew contortion and couldn´t
		 dance for 6 months. 

Johnny looks at him.

				   ANTON: (CONT'D)
		 You know, that she did always
		 everything to please you!

				   JOHNNY:
		 Still she shouldn´t disappear
		 with such a looser.

				   ANTON:
		 This looser still is pretty known
		 among the kids here! He made
		  mistakes but who didn´t!? 

				   JOHNNY:
		 Perhaps I just want to have my
		 daughter back in New York?!

				   ANTON:
		 When?

				   JOHNNY:
		 When she´s ready.

				   ANTON:
		 Will you take me with you?

				   JOHNNY:
		 So we will be one family again!

Anton gets two glasses and opens a bottle of red wine.

A week later...

INT. LAURAS APARTMENT/ LIVING-ROOM - EVENING

Johnny has prepared a beautiful diner table, flowers,
candles, antipasti... He enters with a huge bowl of
spaghetti "di frutta del mare". 

				   JOHNNY:
		 You´re as beautiful as the sea,
		 as wild as the Atlantic... 

Johnny wants to start singing an Italian love song. 

				   LAURA:
		 Please, no. I am hungry.

They start eating.

				   LAURA: (CONT'D)
		 It feels like Christmas.

				   JOHNNY:
		 But it´s summer. We could spend a
		 week-end on the beach?

Laura enjoys the spaghetti and smiles.

				   JOHNNY:
		 Do you realize, how much I have
		 tried to make good to you!?

She gives him a kiss.

				   LAURA:
		 You can´t make good in two days
		 what got lost during 22 years.

Johnny smiles seductively.

				   LAURA:
		 You know how much I admire you.

				   JOHNNY:
		 I have the impression as if I
		 have never left you.

Laura continues to eat the spaghetti.

				   LAURA:
		 I have to leave soon for the
		 rehearsals. 

				   JOHNNY:
		 Who´s "we"?

				   LAURA:
		 Me and Sedal.

Johnny can´t hide his disappointment.

				   JOHNNY:
		 Do you realize, how much I love
		 you? 

Laura is getting up.

				   JOHNNY: (CONT'D)
		 You have never time for us.
		 Everything turns around money,
		 work and sponsors.

				   LAURA:
		 That´s the only thing I learned
		 from you. The only aims that had
		 any value for you were money and
		 success.

				   JOHNNY:
		 But I have changed.

				   LAURA:
		 That´s nice. But because we are
		 sharing an apartment, you can´t
		 claim your rights as a father.

				   JOHNNY:
		 Why not?

				   LAURA:
		 Did you forget in your ignorance,
		 that I am already becoming 28.

				   JOHNNY:
		 Don´t reproach me ignorance! I
		 have paid for your
		 education, so you get unemployed.

				   LAURA:
		 Ah, You wanted to buy off your guilt...
		 Didn´t you realize in your
		 pampered cuckoos net, that the
		 world has changed!?

				   JOHNNY:
		 Yes, that´s why I am worried
		 about your relation to this
		 Sedal. He is still an Arab.

				   LAURA:
		 He is an Alevite, born in Berlin.

Laura is leaving the room, slamming the door.

INT. BALLROOM - NIGHT

Sedal and Laura feel like being in heaven. They dance as
beautiful as ever, and they will never dance as beautiful
again.

				   LAURA:
		 I think, I never really loved
		 anybody except...

Suddenly her father is standing in the door, walking
towards the stage.

				   JOHNNY:
		 I admire your ardor to work, very
		 German. Your dancing is getting
		 acceptable, but...

Sedal and Laura are looking at each other, Johnny is
getting on their nerves.

				   JOHNNY: (CONT'D)
		 ...a police-car is standing
		 outside in the street, waiting
		 for you. I think you should stop
		 working and go home.

				   SEDAL:
		 They are going to leave soon. I
		 was already talking to them.

Johnny looks at him with despise.

				   JOHNNY:
		 Ok. Then you know better than me. 

Johnny leaves, but suddenly turns around.

				   JOHNNY: (CONT'D)
		 I have just a last thing to say.

Johnny goes back to the stage towards his daughter.

				   JOHNNY: (CONT'D)
		 I don´t want you to go out with a
		 drug dealer, and...

He points to Sedal with his finger and turns to him.

				   JOHNNY: (CONT'D)
		 I want you to leave this Varieté
		 now and forever. 

Laura can´t believe what she hears.

				   LAURA:
		 Who gave you the right to determine!? 

Johnny is sneering about her naiveté.

				   JOHNNY:
		 I remember the day of my arrival, when you
		 determined, what everybody had to
		 do in the Varieté!

				   LAURA:
		 You with your authoritarian
		 egocentrism try to undermine me
		 and determine everything as
		 usual. Did you forget that you
		 made my mother sick. I was 19
		 when I found her dead at the
		 telephone. You were just calling
		 her. 

Johnny is laughing. 

				   JOHNNY:
		 You exaggerate, as usual. You
		 have much too much fantasy in the
		 wrong direction. 

				   LAURA:
		 That´s your common excuse.

				   JOHNNY:
		 Don´t play on victim. I am fed up
		 of this game of yours and the
		 entire German society. You are
		 responsible for your acts.
		 You got me here to Berlin out of
		 pure calculation! You knew, that
		 you can use my name to get
		 publicity and money!

				   LAURA:
		 It´s not true. But you should
		 think about going to a hotel and
		 ask yourself if you want to
		 continue working here. 

Johnny leaves the room, looking at them with even greater
despise.

Laura and Sedal are relieved. They are standing in front of
each other, helpless, not knowing what to do, seeing this
huge, still chaotic ballroom.

				   LAURA: (CONT'D)
		 I want to know the truth.

Sedal looks at her.

				   SEDAL:
		 The truth?!

Four days later

INT. BALLROOM - NIGHT

In the evening the final dress rehearsal of the Cabaret
takes place. Some friends and family are invited to watch
their performance. Laura is dancing a modern, Egyptian
belly dance. 

Her way to dance is very eccentric, in a kind of avant
garde style but traditional in the way, how she uses the
sabre. A cone of light is following her. Laura remarks the
indistinct faces, who stare at her full of expectations.
Through her passion and erotism she electrifies any of the
spectators fast and carries them away into a foreign world.
But where is Sedal?

Suddenly she remarks the eyes of her father, who looks at
her with despise. She, the most exquisite belly dancer, is
cutting the light with her sabre, as perfect, as anybody
could do, but still suddenly she is stumbling and falling
onto the floor. She looks, but Johnny is away. 

Laura is lying on the stage, paralyzed. Neco jumps onto the
floor and performs another music hall song in the twenties:
"Do you want to become rich!" by Otto Reutter. Applause, he
is singing the songs of the twenties as good as Johnny
Godsome!

EXT. STREETS IN BERLIN-WEDDING - NIGHT

Close to the Café Istanbul Sedal is chased by the three
body-guards through the streets of Wedding. Despair is on
his face. He just don´t know how to escape?

Some hours later

EXT. BALLROOM/ COURT - NIGHT

Full of sweat and panicked Sedal arrives in the court of
the ball-room. He seems to feel save. The three bodyguards
must stop in the street, because two neighbors are standing
in the street at the entry.

Suddenly Sedals smells gasoline. Johnny comes out of the
shadow with a lighted match.

				   SEDAL:
		 You are the reason... 

Johnny has a slight smile in his face. There is a madness
in his eyes you rarely see, because he knows how to hide.

				   JOHNNY:
		 I knew, you would come back.

				   SEDAL:
		 Don´t do it. Neither for the kids
		 nor for your daughter.

				   JOHNNY:
		 I think I am doing good to them.

				   SEDAL:
		 You have no right in playing God.

				   JOHNNY:
		 God is in everybody! 

Johnny is smiling and lets the match fall. Immediately the
fire starts taking space in the court. 

The old lady and the old man are watching out of the window
into the backyard and call the police immediately. 

Anton is running out of the ballroom towards Sedal and
Johnny, who are fighting with knives.

				   ANTON:
		 Don´t make this mistake which
		 will change everything for ever.

Johnny is not reacting to him.

				   ANTON: (CONT'D)
		 Do you have the least respect for
		 us? Or... our friend-ship is
		 finished.

Johnny is looking with disdain to him. Anton is deeply
hurt.

Then Laura comes down onto the court and sees them
fighting. Johnny is better in fighting with a knife than
Sedal. Laura is shouting and crying.

				   LAURA:
		 Stop, I do whatever you want.

				   JOHNNY:
		 Liar. You always did what you
		 want.

				   LAURA:
		 You are worse. Do you think, your
		 wife would have appreciated what
		 you are doing now.

				   JOHNNY:
		 Your mother is dead and will
		 never come back.

Laura stares at him. The fight between Johnny and Sedal is
getting heavily. While people try to stop the fire. 

For a moment Sedal looks at Laura full of love, he didn´t
see her for a long time and regrets, when Johnny gets him.
Sedal looses his knife and falls hurt on the floor. Johnny
puts his knife on the throat of Sedal. Everybody is
shocked. Sedal is finished.

Laura succeeds in getting Sedals knife, but then they hear
the sirens of the police and the fire-men.

EXT. BALLROOM/ STREET - NIGHT

Police cars and fire-men are arriving and stop at the entry
of the court. The fire-men start to extinguish the fire,
while the police arrests Johnny and Sedal. They are both
revolting.

				   JOHNNY:
		 Don´t you see, that this Turkish
		 drug dealer has set the fire.

Sedal gets outrageous, but he is in the strong hands of two
police-men.

				   SEDAL:
		 And you want to be respectable
		 singer! You´re nothing!

Johnny looks at him and smiles.

				   JOHNNY:
		 You are little piece of shit.

The police-men are getting the two men into their cars and
drive them away.

Some times later

INT. HYATT HOTEL/ PRESIDENT SUITE - NIGHT

Laura is coming into the luxurary suite of her father for
the first time. She feels the knife of Sedal in her pocket.
Slowly she moves around, going to the
windows with an overwhelming view over Berlin with the
skyscrapers of Potsdamer place, the Brandenburg gate, the
government of Berlin.  

Johnny wants to come closer to her, but she avoids him.

				   JOHNNY:
		 I promise, I will change.

				   LAURA:
		 You will change to what!?

				   JOHNNY:
		 I will take responsibility and
		 make good for everything I have
		 done.

				   LAURA:
		 What do you mean this time?! You
		 will burn the parliament for a
		 change?

				   JOHNNY:
		 I didn´t want to burn the youth
		 center, it just came over me.

				   LAURA:
		 Oh... "It just came over me..."
		 that I tried to kill 30 people.
		 It was fun! 

Johnny stares at her.

				   JOHNNY:
		 There was no other way to get you
		 away from Sedal and this city.

				   LAURA:
		 That´s the reason why you
		 destroyed the hope of 30 people,
		 their families and more!?

				   JOHNNY:
		 I hate this country, I hate this
		 city, I hate the narrow
		 mindedness of the people...

				   LAURA:
		 You hate yourself, you hate my
		 mother and still blame her for
		 your own actions.

				   JOHNNY:
		 No.

				   LAURA:
		 Confront yourself finally with
		 your lies and become an adult. 

				   JOHNNY:
		 Please have some compassion.

				   LAURA:
		 Compassion!? What would have
		 happened to the parents of the
		 kids, finding the bodies of Sema,
		 Neco, Yusuf... burned for the
		 sake of an ego-maniac father!? 

Johnny looks into the eyes of her daughter.

				   JOHNNY:
		 Forgive me.

				   LAURA:
		 Then go to their parents and ask
		 for forgiveness, but even this
		 you would never dare!

Tears want to come up in the eyes of Johnny.

				   JOHNNY:
		 I never wanted to come back, but
		 then you asked me... Being here,
		 I started to discover my life.

				   LAURA:
		 You were always running away from
		 your past and now you blame me. 

				   JOHNNY:
		 I was overwhelmed.

				   LAURA:
		 I was overwhelmed, too..., by the
		 fact, that you didn´t want
		 anybodies good.

Johnny stares at her.

				   LAURA: (CONT'D)
		 I gave you all my love as a girl.
		 I even defended you towards my mother.
		 You were my ideal.  

Laura tries to suppress her tears. She looks at her father,
who finds his charming posture again.

				   JOHNNY:
		 Come with me.

				   LAURA:
		 You will never make anything good.

Laura is watching into his eyes. 

				   LAURA: (CONT'D)
		 Everything I was longing for, is
		 gone forever.

A moment of silence.

				   LAURA: (CONT'D)
		 Why do I still love you...?

Laura watches him and feels the knife of Sedal in the
pocket of her jacket... 

				   JOHNNY:
		 You can never tear your emotions
		 out of your heart!?

				   LAURA:
		 Will you give me the freedom of
		 Sedal back in exchange?

Johnny smiles tenderly and holds his hand towards her.
Slowly she goes towards her father, still watching deep
into his eyes. But now her look is getting more seductive
and catching. 

Standing in front of him, her hand starts to touch tenderly
his chest, going down slowly towards his pants, into his
pants. Laura keeps looking into the eyes of her father.
They start to kiss. Johnny relieves and smiles...