GERMAN CURRENTS OPENING FILM & GALA RECEPTION
All Ticketholders are invited to a Gala Reception following the film
Germany (2018), 127 min. DCP Projection
German with English Subtitles
Director Andreas Dresen
Screenplay Laila Stieler
Cinematography Andreas Höfer
Cast Alexander Scheer, Anna Unterberger, Axel Prahl, Thorsten Merten, Bjarne Mädel, Milan Peschel, Kathrin Angerer
Producer Claudia Steffen, Co-Producers Peter Hartwig, Cooky Ziesche, Andreas Schreitmüller
Production Company Pandora Film Produktion, in co-production with Kineo Filmproduktion/Potsdam, RBB, ARTE
DIRECTOR ANDREAS DRESEN
Acclaimed filmmaker Andreas Dresen returns to Germany's recent past, in this biographical portrait of the multifaceted and often contradictory life of East German singer-songwriter Gerhard "Gundi" Gundermann (Scheer). By day, "Gundi" worked as an excavator operator in a coal mine, but by night, took to the stage, performing as a successful musician. Idealistic, politically active, and passionate, "Gundi" was revered for his intelligent, melancholy lyrics rife with social commentary that struck a chord with his fans. In his heart, "Gundi" was a rebel, a poet, a clown, father, and loyal husband to his wife Conny (Unterberger). His popularity and status in the GDR's art-scene caught the eye of the East German secret state police, the Stasi. Although short-lived, "Gundi" was recruited as an informant and in turn, became a spy, who was then spied upon himself. Dresen’s skillful blend of flashbacks, music, and drama presents an inspirational portrait of Gundermann that is both a music film, a love story, and a film that courageously addresses guilt, entanglement, suppression and, above all, Gundermann's defiant spirit.
DIRECTOR ANDREAS DRESEN
$15- / General Audiences - Includes reception
$13- / Cinematheque Members
will receive an invitation to the opening night but must RSVP.
German Film Awards 2019 (Best Film: Gold, Best Directing, Best Screenplay, Best Leading Actor, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design)
Bavaria Film Prize 2019 (Best Leading Actor)
Günter Rohrbach Filmpreis 2018 (Best Actor)
Gilde Filmpreis 2018 (Best Feature)
was born in 1963 in Gera, in the former GDR, and studied Directing at the "Konrad Wolf" University of Film & Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg. Since 1992, he has worked as a writer and director for film, TV and theater. A selection of his award-winning films includes: STILLES LAND (1992), NACHTGESTALTEN (1998), HALBE TREPPE (2001), WILLENBROCK (2004), SOMMER VORM BALKON (2005), WOLKE 9 (2008), HALT AUF FREIER STRECKE (2011), ALS WIR TRÄUMTEN (2015),
and THE LEGEND OF TIMM THALER (2017).
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