23rd Festival Films


© Matthias Bolliger
© Matthias Bolliger

Sun. March 10, 2019 6:00 p.m.
Castro Theatre, San Francisco
North American Premiere
128 min. Germany (2018) DCP.
German w/ English subtitles

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Director: Andreas Dresen
Starring: Alexander Scheer, Anna Unterberger, Axel Prahl, Thorsten Merten, Bjarne Mädel, Milan Peschel, Kathrin Angerer
World Sales: Patra Spanou

Official Trailer in German. Due to the newness of this film, there is no English-subtitled trailer available. The actual film will be presented at Berlin & Beyond with English subtitles.

Winner of the 2019 Bavaria Film Prize for Best Leading Actor.

Andreas Dresen returned to Germany's recent past with his portrait of the contradictory life of the digger driver Gerhard Gundermann who made a name for himself as a singer-songwriter in former East Germany, tragically dying at only 43 in 1998. As the hero/anti-hero Gundermann, Alexander Scheer whose previous credits include Sun Alley and The Young Karl Marx wants to be a good worker, great husband, caring father, artist, clown, and politician in fact, he is everything at the same time. And the type of person who can't help rubbing others the wrong way not something that's only restricted to his home of East Germany....