California City (film)

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German title California City
Original title California City
Country of production USA , Germany
original language English
Publishing year 2014
length 84 minutes
Age rating FSK 0
Director Bastian Günther
script Bastian Günther
production Sonia Otto
music Howe yellow
cut Anne Fabini
  • Jay Lewis
  • Daniel C. Peart
  • Chelsea Williams
  • Carmen
  • Jonathan Dennis
  • John E. Coleman
  • Bird
  • Jim
  • Martin Eiler
  • Jasper Bernal Palo
  • Paula Madrid
  • Hussain "Scooby" McRae

California City is an American-German documentary with fictional elements by Bastian Günther from 2014.

The film follows a man on his way through California City in the Antelope Valley , in California's Mojave Desert . The planned town , founded in 1965, has become a ghost settlement after the real estate crisis.

California City was nominated for the German Film Critics Award 2016 as “Best Documentary” and in the preselection of the German Film Award 2016 as “Best Feature Film”.


"The German director Bastian Günther captures life in a US ghost town: In" California City "he combines documentation and drama into a surreal happening."

- Jenni Zylka, Spiegel Online

"In Bastian Günther's film, the foothills of the eternal American dream gradually get lost in the Californian desert sand."

- Johannes Bluth,

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ↑ Certificate of Release to California City . Voluntary self-regulation of the film industry , July 2015 (PDF; test number: 153 153 K).
  2. Jenni Zylka: Film essay on the dying US city: Zombie City. In: Spiegel Online . August 21, 2015, accessed June 10, 2018 .