Bad Oeynhausen in North Rhine-Westphalia is a traditional spa town, which is known internationally but not for Hot Springs or its medical rehabilitation centre. Bad Oeynhausen lies on the old motorway between Amsterdam, Berlin and Warsaw which is still one of the most used trading routes between west and east Europe. For fourty years now this route has no motorway or highway and traffic is flowing directly through the middle of town. 25.000 cars and trucks, german tourist, craftsmen from Poland or dutch florist all must go through Bad Oeynhausen with 30mp/h, no alternative routes. You must go through the city. A huge construction project will change Germany´s most notorious bottleneck forever - a long-term observation over eight years of people living in Spa town Bad Oeynhausen. A film about Germany, small town society and a huge motorway.


Director: Daniel Abma
DOP: David Schittek
Editor: Momas Schütze
Production: Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF


2019 DOK Leipzig


fall 2020 Broadcast on WDR