Film Screening Gundermann

Gundermann Photo (detail): © Alexander Scheer and Anna Unterberger

Fri, 10/18/2019

SIFF Film Center

305 Harrison St
Seattle, WA 98109

Opening night film and party with director Andreas Dresen in attendance.

Germany. 2018, feature film, German with English subtitles, 127 min.
Director: Andreas Dresen | Cast: Alexander Scheer, Anna
Unterberger, Eva Weißenborn, Benjamin Kramme, Kathrin Angerer, Hilmar Eichhorn, Milan Peschel, Axel Prahl, Thorsten Merten,
Bjarne Mädel | Screenplay: Laila Stieler | Camera: Andreas Höfer |
Editing: Jörg Hauschild | Production: Pandora Film Produktion GmbH (Cologne) in in co-production with kineo Filmproduktion

Gerhard Gundermann (1955–1998) was a heavy equipment operator at a coal mine and a Stasi informer, but above all he was a gifted singer-songwriter with a fan base in both the former GDR and later in reunified Germany. In his feature film Gundermann, Andreas Dresen takes a sensitive look at this contradictory personality. The result is a perceptive biographical narrative that unreels like a contemporary musical Heimatfilm for East (and all of) Germany.

Dresen’s biopic Gundermann was the big winner at this year’s German Film Awards, taking home six Lolas at the weekend’s gala in Berlin after receiving a record 10 nominations.

Andreas Dresen was born in Gera, East Germany. He grew up in Schwerin and started shooting his own amateur films in the late '70s. After receiving his university-entrance diploma, he worked as a sound engineer at the theater in Schwerin and completed a traineeship at the DEFA Studio for Feature Films where he also worked as an assistant director to his later mentor Günther Reisch. From 1986 until 1991, Dresen studied directing at the "Konrad Wolf" Academy of Film and Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg. Since 1992, he has been working as a freelance author and director.

The screening is followed by a Q&A with Andreas Dresen and an opening night party at SIFF Film Center.
This event is part of the Film Festival “…and the winners are…” - a joint project by the Goethe-Institut and the German Film Academy. In Seattle, the series takes place in the frame of the Year of German-American Friendship and is co-organized by the Goethe Pop Up Seattle with local partners NWFF and SIFF.