Rabbit à la Berlin / Królik po berlińsku / Mauerhase

The untold story of wild rabbits which lived between the Berlin Walls. For 28 years, the Death Zone was their safest home. Full of grass, no predators, guards protecting them from human disturbance. They were closed but happy. When their population grew up to thousands, guards started to remove them. But rabbits survived and stayed there. Unfortunately one day the wall fell down. Rabbits had to abandon the comfortable system. They moved to West Berlin and have been living there in a few colonies since then. They are still learning how to live in the free world, same as we – the citizens of Eastern Europe.


Country of Production
Poland / Germany

Year of Production

Digi Beta Pal, Beta SP Pal

39 / 50 min

Bartek Konopka and Piotr Rosołowski

MS FILMS in co-production with Ma.ja.de. Filmproduktion, MDR, RBB and TVP, in association with ARTE, Lichtpunt, YLE and VPRO

Original Language


Festivals / Awards

39 mins version: Nominated for OSCAR© 2010 in the category Documentary Short

Visions du Réel Nyon 2009
Hot Docs Toronto 2009 (Award for Best Mid-Length Doc)
Planete Doc Review Warsaw 2009 (Magic Hour Award for Best Mid-Lenght Film)
Cracow IFF 2009 (Golden Hobby-Horse in National Competition / Bronislaw Chromy Sculpture for Best Producer of Polish Short and Documentary Films)
Hamptons IFF 2009 (Golden Starfish Award for Best Film of Conflict & Resolution)
Cinéma Verité IDF Tehran 2009
DOK Leipzig 2009
Jihlava IDF 2009 (Silver Eye Award for Best Mid-Length Documentary)
Mar del Plata IFF 2009
Polish FF Chicago 2009 (Golden Teeth Award)
Ambulante IDF 2010
New Cinema from Germany at MoMA New York 2010
DocAviv TelAviv IDF 2010
DOXA Vancouver 2010
Documenta Madrid 2010 (Second Prize in the competition of Short Documentaries)
Mendocino FF 2010 (Special Jury Award)
Melbourne IFF 2010
Batumi IFF 2010 (Special Prize)
CinePécs FF 2010 (Proxima Prize for Best Documentary)
L’Alternativa Barcelona 2010