Face the Wall (Gesicht zur Wand)

Photo © Stefan Weinert

Sunday, October 23 at 1:00pm
Castro Theatre, San Francisco

US West Coast Premiere
In Person: Stefan Weinert

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Five life stories are told by former East German citizens incarcerated for attempting to flee the Republic in the GDR. They represent a group of around 72,000. The subjects speak with extraordinary openness of their struggles with the regime, of horrific prison conditions and interrogation methods. This sensitive documentary maintains a close proximity to its protagonists throughout, examining open wounds and bringing psychological damage to light that have made it impossible for them to live a normal fear-free lives ever since. A remarkable cinematic contribution that shows five unique facets of a daily life consisting of torture, abominations and violations of human dignity without attempting to judge, provoke or explain. Rather, the film documents and makes an important chapter in German history more palpable in the best possible sense.

Germany (2010), Digibeta, 84 min. in German with English subtitles

Director & Writer: Stefan Weinert
Producers: Nick Rollinger, Stefan Weinert
Cinematographer: Lars Lenski
Editor: Ruben S. Bürgam
Subjects: Anne K., Cathraina M., Mario Röllig, Andreas B., Lothar R.
Production: The Core Films
World Sales: INSOMNIA
World Sales Festivals: One World Prague, Leeds, Hof

Director Stefan Weinert studied set and stage design at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Trained as an actor in Cologne and New York, he has worked as: an actor in theatre and film; a stage designer at operas of Cologne and Vienna; a curator at the Videotheater Barcelona; an art director at the Opera Barcelona; and a film producer.