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At the end of June 1990 the last Trabant rolls off the production line at the Zwickauer Sachsenring-Werk. He was the symbol of the GDR, as average as they were, so inadequate and yet so indestructible. An ironic look at a long story that, despite all its melancholy, does not become nostalgic. "(...) also a parting from a self-conception - from access to a large enterprise and from the freedom of unrestricted criticism that has just been gained. Hardly any of the workers who are scolding about what they produce here will in future be prepared to talk openly about his company, if he has any work at all." (Heidemarie pike) - Grit Lemke
This film is regarded as programmatic for the post-Soviet generation of Lithuanian filmmakers, who rejected the straightforward proclamation mentality and instead turned to the silent contemplation of reality. Arūnas Matelis does not track down the incipient transformation of the country after independence from the Soviet Union in the central squares of the capital, but rather seeks its traces in the everyday life of the inhabitants of Užupis, a historic quarter on the edge of the old town of Vilnius. Matelis' film won prizes in Oberhausen, Bornholm and Pärnu and was shown at the "Semaine de la Critique" in Cannes in 2005.
An ugly prefabricated area is to be embellished. With lots of ideas and full of verve, a group of young architects jump on the project. But again and again problems hinder the project, which threatens to fail as a result. Finally a chance to make a difference: A group of young architects is commissioned to embellish an ugly prefabricated building area. With lots of ideas and full of energy, they rush into the company in the hope of stopping the decay. But again and again there are problems until the project fails miserably in the end. The film portrays a generation that feels betrayed and exploited, and a country on the verge of extinction. At that time it was a sensation, because it was never described so openly and honestly how frustrated the youth in the GDR really was. KE
No one asked Marion: In the summer of 1989, the twelve-year-old accompanied her parents on their escape via Hungary. Before she can settle in West Berlin, the wall falls on 9 November. The last film of the DEFA, shot during the opening of the wall. Without being asked, Marion had to accompany her parents on their adventurous escape from East Berlin via Hungary to West Berlin in the summer of 1989. Before she can settle into her new surroundings, the wall falls on 9 November. Now the old and the new are mixed together for her and within the associated social change, orientation is not only difficult for Marion. In this first German-German film production after the opening of the inner-German border, questions are posed from the perspective of children which, with today's knowledge, prove to be remarkably farsighted. KDF
Inspired by the cult comic series of the GDR, the Digedags, Jörg Herold and Jörg Witte shot a Super 8 film about the GDR citizen's dream of travelling at the end of 1989. The Digedags travelled around the world and the Christmas market is being set up in Leipzig. The three friends sit together over instant cocoa or in front of the TV, "On so many evenings they met, sat together. Strangely, as they were always so serious, they looked at the memory, they knew they would make a journey. The coil spun, time flies, a wait. [...] On so many evenings they sat together, watched and watched, long, long they knew each other, sat together on so many evenings." Waiting for something, for the real, for the surprise, for the future. One goes on a journey and is painfully missed. He's coming back. And they sit together again and wait. KF
The oldest briquette factory in Senftenberg, a Cottbus fashion show at TKC and a Nosferatu adaptation - the GDR amateur film was extremely diverse. The Filmmuseum Potsdam gives an insight into the project "Amateurfilm im Land Brandenburg". A small "duel" between skinhead and punk in the Potsdam Dutch quarter of the post-reunification era. Unadapted underground movie.
The wall has fallen, the last elections to the People's Chamber, monetary union and the unification treaty are still to come. The Leipzig Spring Fair 1990 took place at a time when the course was set for Leipzig, Saxony and Germany. The original sound film contains atmospherically dense images, documents contrary political and business expectations, hope and discouragement. In this DEFA video businessmen from East and West have their say, but also a pensioner whose residential area is decaying. Hans Modrow, who as Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the GDR had presented the concept "United Fatherland for Germany", will be accompanied on the tour of the fair by Johannes Rau, Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia. Stefan Gööck
The Last Days of the GDR: rage, powerlessness and the search for truth in the film adaptation of Jurij Koch's "Augenoperation", one of the last and most interesting DEFA films. The 17-year-old Gerat is beaten up at a dump and loses his sight - the culmination of a series of conflicts with his father, the school and state power. "Where does that lead when everyone is telling the truth," Gerat hears when he no longer takes part in the general lying. He only finds understanding with his teacher Claudia. But in the end he stands alone as he tries to prevent his beloved old Gasometer from being transported to the West: "The Republic celebrates its birthday and is sold". Against the background of the 40th anniversary celebrations of the GDR on 7 October 1989, a showdown takes place. In the following period Gerat moves in a world between light and dark and sums up the events. Whether he will see again remains uncertain - a strong metaphor for the social situation at the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall when the film was shot. But even today the rebellious figure of Gerat (Frank Stieren) is impressive. A universal story of growing up and rebellion, which wrongly received little attention in the turmoil of the post-war era, but which does not need to hide behind the great coming-of-age dramas of world cinema. GL
The director Sibylle Schönemann is arrested by the Stasi for applying to leave the country. After the fall of communism, she wants justice. She courageously sets off with her camera and tries to confront the perpetrators of that time. But hardly anyone is willing to talk to her. Whoever wants to leave the country is a traitor. At least that's how Sybille Schönemann is treated: she goes to a Stasi prison because she has applied to leave the country. After the fall of communism, she wants justice. She sets off with her camera and tries to confront the perpetrators of that time. But hardly anyone is willing to talk to her. The director made one of the first documentaries about the Stasi. Through her personal view a very touching work was created, which asks for individual responsibility in a dictatorship: Is someone guilty who only obeyed one order? KE
Germany 1989/90. A Vietnamese family experiences the upheaval. The joy of political change and reunification is contrasted with experiences of growing racism and fear of being deported to Vietnam. What problems and hopes does the new era bring for them, who were once sought-after workers in the GDR? A small family walks across the abandoned checkpoint Drewitz. The national emblem has been removed, the border security installations are slowly disintegrating. The GDR no longer exists. In autumn 1990 the family of three would like to stay in the united Germany. But what do we do now? The own employment contract is only waste paper and the former so-called contract workers from Vietnam have to take their fate into their own hands. They fight with the authorities for their right of residence, experience challenges and disrespect from all sides, including right-wing extremist violence. While Helmut Kohl explains himself on television with a solemn voice: "We Germans have learned from history", the three are afraid. A silent, participatory observation of a Vietnamese family and an important document of the period of upheaval. WMH