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German Film Festival 2019

After his excursion to family entertainment with TIMM THALER, director Andreas Dresen has now 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 and tragically died at the age of 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....
Text: German Films

“Songwriter, worker and Stasi spy. All this was Gerhard Gundermann. Alexander Scheer and Andreas Dresen show in "Gundermann" the ambivalence and humanity that is necessary to understand the dilemmas faced by people who believed in the ideals of the DDR, despite their methods.”

- Michael Meyns, Filmstarts


Film Details

Germany, 2018

Director: Andreas Dresen
Screenplay: Laila Stieler
Cinematography: Andreas Höfer
Editor: Jörg Hauschild
Music: Jens Quandt
With: Alexander Scheer, Anna Unterberger, Axel Prahl, Thorsten Merten, Bjarne Mädel, Milan Peschel, Kathrin Angerer
Producer: Claudia Steffen
Duration: 127 mins
Language: German (with English subtitles)
Rating: M - offensive language, nudity

Awards (Selection)

Bavaria Film Prize 2019 (Best Leading Actor), German Film Awards 2019 (Best Film: Gold, Best Directing, Best Screenplay, Best Leading Actor, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design)

Screening Times

New Plymouth, Len Lye Centre: 24 August, 6:30pm
Dunedin, Dunedin Public Art Gallery: 25 August, 3pm
Nelson, Suter Theatre: 30 August, 8:00pm
Christchurch, Lumière Cinema: 31 August, 6:15pm
Wellington, Light House Cinema Cuba: 7 September, 6:15pm
Auckland, Academy Cinemas: 14 September, 6:00pm