Munich, 24 January 2007. Two weeks before the start of the Berlin Film Festival, Beta Cinema has scooped up the international sales rights to Eight Miles High. Achim Bornhak's ("Operation Noah") debut feature is the first German film about the hedonistic 60s and 70s and depicts the story of super model Uschi Obermaier. It starts in German theaters on 1 February; international buyers can screen it in Berlin as of 8 February, where it will be another highlight of the European Film Market. The role of the world-famous top model is played by the newly discovered talent Natalia Avelon, who stars alongside Matthias Schweighöfer ("The Red Baron") and David Scheller ("Where is Fred?"). Eight Miles High is produced by renowned Bioskop producer Eberhard Junkersdorf ("The Tin Drum," "The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum") and Dietmar Güntsche ("Angst", “Alaska.de?).
Eight Miles High is a story of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll: the life of German model Uschi Obermaier (Natalia Avelon). Through a music group, Uschi discovers free love in the legendary Berlin "Kommune 1" and begins an affair with commune leader Rainer Langhans (Matthias Schweighöfer). As a model, Uschi graces the covers of Playboyand Stern, and the superstars of the time, including Mick Jagger (played by Swedish Sugarplum Fairy-rockstar Victor Norén) and Keith Richards (Alexander Scheer, "Sun Alley"), fall for her. The adventurer Dieter Bockhorn (David Scheller) opens up a new world to her. The pub owner who lords over Hamburg's red-light district, falls madly in love with Uschi. He gives up his livelihood to travel around the world with her in a luxuriously appointed van.
For the shoot, the team restored the original van, which had not been used for years, and transported it from Uschi Obermaier's house in California to India, where shooting took place for several months. Achim Bornhak also worked in an authentic loft that belonged to the Berlin "Kommune" and in Uschi Obermaier's hometown of Munich. The soundtrack “Summer Wine?, performed by HIM-leadsinger Ville Valo and lead actress Natalia Avelon, topped the single charts of Amazon Germany. Eight Miles High is distributed in Germany by Warner Bros.