Kings of Kallstadt

2014 | USA | NR | 92 min.


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Film Info
Section:Foreign Official Selection: Documentary
Cinema Salon
Release Year:2014
Runtime:92 min.
Premiere Status:Michigan Premiere
Production Country:USA
Original Language:German
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Veronika Schramm
Director:Simone Wendel


Donald Trump may seem like he sprang forth fully formed from America’s collective unconscious, but his paternal roots can actually be traced to the quaint German village of Kallstadt, a tiny community that remarkably produced both the Trump and Heinz dynasties. Director Simone Wendel employs her delightfully wry wit in drawing out Kallstadt’s charming villagers about Trump’s grandfather, who went to seek his fortune in America, failed, returned, and then was—are you ready for this?—deported back to the US! We get to watch The Donald as he hears this family immigrant story for the first time, and it is priceless. Then a gaggle of Kallstadtians decides to go to the US to visit the Heinz ketchup factory and also attempt to meet Trump. Wendel’s gem plays like a real-life Christopher Guest movie, taking you inside the ancestral home of American’s strangest presidential candidate. In Person: Director Simone Wendel; Cinematographer Tom Schneider; Writer Mario Conte