FILMS 2016

©DEFA Stiftung Wolfgang Fritsche
Coming Out ©DEFA Stiftung Wolfgang Fritsche
Coming Out
Coming Out

DRAMA // 112 Min. // 1989 // 18+
DIRECTOR/SCREENPLAY: Heiner Carow
CAST: Matthias Freihof, Dagmar Manzel, Dirk Kummer, Michael Gwisdek, Werner Dissel
LANGUAGE: German with English subtitles

Closeted schoolteacher Phillip experiences a life-changing moment when he meets Matthias at a bar one night. Conflicted by his strong feelings towards this new lover and his responsibility towards his pregnant partner Tanja, Phillip feels more and more isolated and eventually plunges into a severe crisis. As the only film produced in East Germany to deal with the topic of homosexuality and depicting punk culture, director Heiner Carow’s drama highlights the reality and social prejudices faced by this community. The film premiered on November 9, 1989 but it was stopped in the middle because that was the night of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Retro: 70 Years of DEFA www.filmportal.de/coming-out
Screening in:
Sydney
Monday 28 November
Chauvel Cinema

6:30 pm

Melbourne
Monday 28 November
Palace Cinema Como

6:30 pm

AWARDS: Silver Bear for an outstanding artistic contribution

QUOTES FROM CRITICS:
"Emotional, thrilling and honest, this film is a plea for understanding and tolerance towards any kind of otherness." MDR.de