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Befragung: Mart...

1978 /
Peter-Joachim Holz' moving portrait QUESTION: MARTHA T. The filmmaker approaches a dilapidated house, the woman in it lives alone, the neighbours talk badly about her. In front of the camera she tells us, perhaps for the first time, about her life.

Kontinent Hoffn...

1978 /
The Sorbe Heinrich Theodor Wehle (1778-1805) is regarded as one of the most important landscape painters of his time and is compared with Caspar David Friedrich. In an associatively woven web of images, play scenes and novel excerpts, the film tells the story of the short life of a driven man. It is the "longing for an unknown continent of hope" that drives the Upper Lusatian parson's son through the world: from Görlitz to Dessau and finally to Russia, to the Caucasus and Persia. However, the symbol-laden images of his childhood, the landscape and the Sorbian culture remain formative. What role does the archaic, the subconscious play in art? Questions that Konrad Herrmann raises in a bold, feverish montage of thought and image fragments. There are no answers, only the disunity of an unjustly forgotten artist. GL

Skansen

1978 /
When all the trees have been felled, there is only one house left on the construction site. The two architects are devastated. Today it's called gentrification, then an open-air museum. Annegret Judge

Susis Schicht

1978 /
For her first film exercise Petra Tschörtner went to a company of the VEB Kombinat Sekundär-Rohstofferfassung (SERO), which belonged to the East German waste management. The consistent observation film follows a young worker during her shift, shows mountains of waste paper (especially the newspaper "Neues Deutschland", which every SED member had to subscribe to) that are loaded and shredded. One sees the working people, including many women, doing simple and difficult jobs and suspects that they belong to the lower echelons of GDR society. The camera sensitively registers details in facial expressions and postures and makes visible how the women are also subject to a hierarchy here. Ilka Brombach

Trompete, Glock...

1978 /
In Peter Kahane's documentary film, the "red" Berlin from the 1910s to the resistance against National Socialism comes to life as a proletarian family history. The brothers and sisters of the 1944 executed communist Ernst Knaack tell of the grandparents' restaurant in which leading KPD members such as August Bebel and Hermann Duncker frequented. Instead of heroizing, the film visits its interview partners in their everyday surroundings and lets them talk about the few memorabilia that have survived from that time - the trumpet of the Red Front Fighters' Association, the bell with which the meetings were opened, and the last letters of Brother Ernst from the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. Ilka Brombach

Wolters Trude

1978 /
Gabriele Denecke draws a portrait of a 74-year-old woman who lives in simple circumstances in a village in Brandenburg and tells her story: Born in 1904 in Rastenburg, East Prussia, she grew up in an orphanage after the death of her mother, married at an early age, had eight children, six of whom survived. With the fate of women documented in the film, it is oral history and women's history at the same time. He also plays with the possibilities of the medium and combines the interview with dream-like play scenes that visualize what could not become reality due to social and gender relations. Ilka Brombach