About the film
Release Date: May 30, 2019
Director: Andreas Dresen
Actors: Bjarne Mädel, Milan Peschel, Alexander Scheer, Anna Unterberger, Peter SchneiderAustralian premiere
With sensibility, affection, and humour, multi award-winning director Andreas Dresen (Cloud 9, 2008) presents this moving and endearing portrait of the beloved East German folk singer and song writer Gerhard Gundermann.
Politically active and passionate, digger driver Gundermann’s music career took off in 1986, capturing the hearts of the people with his clever, often melancholy lyrics imbued with social commentary. A poet, a clown, a loyal husband and an idealist, Gundermann lived a multifaceted life as a rebel- and a spy who got spied on.
Prolific stage and screen actor Alexander Scheer (Eight Miles High, 2007) is truly astonishing to watch as the intractable, brave and contradictory talent, not least because he sings every song himself. With attentive production design evocative of the era, this inspiring biopic is both a music film and a love story that courageously encompasses guilt and entanglement, as well as suppression and, above all, defiance.
“One of the richest, most sophisticated and greatest films about the GDR” – Spiegel.de
NOMINATED: Outstanding Feature Film, Best Direction, Best Performance, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup, German Film Awards 2019
WINNER: Best Actor, Bavarian Film Awards 2019
WINNER: FIPRESCI Prize, Tromsø International Film Festival 2019
German with English subtitles