Undine works as an art historian lecturing on Berlin’s urban development. But when the man she loves leaves her, the ancient myth catches up with her. Undine has to kill the man who betrays her and return to the water.
Gerhard Gundermann was a heavy equipment operator at a lignite strip mine and a Stasi informer, but above all he was a gifted singer-songwriter with a fanbase in both the former GDR as well as the subsequent, reunified Germany. Director Andreas Dresen takes a sensitive look at this contradictory personality. The result is a perceptive biographical narrative that unreels like a modern musical Heimatfilm [“homeland” film] for East (and all of) Germany.
Friendship that emerged from a man-made loss of home: The village in which the twelve-year-old Ben lives with his family has to give way to the open-cast brown coal mine. After relocating to the city, he meets Tariq, who is the same age and whose family has fled Syria. The experience of the new beginning soon welded the two initial competitors in school and in the football club together.
To escape the Nazis, Anna’s father has to flee to Zurich; his family follows him a short time later. Anna leaves everything behind, including her beloved pink rabbit, and must face a new life full of challenges and privations.