- COMING OUT
- 1989, Heiner Carow, East Germany, 108 min.
- With Matthias Freihof, Dagmar Manzel
“One of the landmark works of gay cinema.”
—David Hall, GayCelluloid.com
Notable as the first and only East German film to focus on homosexuality, COMING OUT is also a complex character study and a fascinating look at Berlin life in the last days of the GDR (the Wall fell on the evening of the film’s premiere). Philipp, a schoolteacher, tries to lead a “normal” life, complete with a mother-pleasing girlfriend, but a chance encounter with a former male lover triggers an identity crisis that leads him back into Berlin’s gay underground. Especially remarkable is a late scene in which an aging queen compares the persecution he endured under the Nazis and under the communists. Winner of the Silver Bear at the 1990 Berlin Film Festival. In German with English subtitles. 35mm. (MR)