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Kallstadt - an idyllic winegrowing village directly on the Palatinate Wine Route. Here the sun always shines and the wine flows in streams. Four million litres of wine are pressed here every year. The people who live here love the sense of community. There are 27 clubs with 1600 members - and that with just 1200 inhabitants. No question about it, the tranquil village seems to be a piece of a perfect world. But there is something that also makes Kallstadt a very special place. The ancestors of real estate tycoon Donald Trump, also known as the "King of New York", as well as the founders of the Heinz Tomato-Ketchup Dynasty originate from here. Filmmaker Simone Wendel, who grew up in Kallstadt herself, wants to get to the bottom of the question of whether it is just a coincidence that two such success stories have their origins here in the Palatinate or whether the people of Kallstadt were born with a certain spirit of enterprise. She not only interviews the descendants of both families in Kallstadt, observes village life and especially the preparations for the big Saumagen-Kerwe, but also travels to New York to talk to Donald Trump about his Palatinate roots. The result is the charming, amusing and interesting documentary "Kings of Kallstadt".
The whole thing takes on undreamt-of proportions when a group of people from Kallstadt are invited to the popular German-American Steuben Parade in New York - at the beginning of the grape harvest and the accompanying festival season. So a small delegation of Kallstadters sets off across the big pond, while the preparations for the festivities in the Palatinate are continued with the usual serenity. The portrait of this winegrower village and its history reminds again and again of the wonderful Wacken documentary "Full Metal Village". Here and there two opposing worlds collide and in both films the villagers are humorously presented and accompanied with the camera without being shown.
This results in a very charming portrait, which is of course especially worth seeing for viewers from the Palatinate, but which will also provide extremely good entertainment in other parts of Germany. This is because the focus here is not only on the small winegrowing village in the Palatinate, but also on the history of two enormously successful emigrant families. And this success story is not only interesting, but also the way it is told here, very entertaining and amusing. Whether a visit to a Heinz Test supermarket, the song from the "Schnitzel Bank" or the reaction of New Yorkers to the "God of Wine" - when the Palatinate meets the USA, this is simply wonderful to watch.
Who would like to browse a bit in the family history of Donald Trump and the makers of Heinz Ketchup or who would like to undertake simply times an amusing excursion into the Pfalz, "Kings of Kallstadt" can be warmly put to the heart. For fans of documentaries like "Full Metal Village" the following applies: Absolutely worth seeing!
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