2018, Andreas Dresen, Germany, 128 min.
With Alexander Scheer, Anna Unterberger
- Sun, Mar 22nd 5:00pm
- Mon, Mar 23rd 7:45pm
This superbly crafted biopic dominated the 2019 German (aka Lola) Film Awards, taking six prizes, including Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, and Actor. Singer-composer Gerhard Gundermann (Scheer) was a cult figure in East Germany both before and after the fall of the Wall, compared to Dylan and Springsteen for his anthem-like songs that combine a poetic sensibility with strong social consciousness. Hopscotching through the chronology, the film captures the contradictions of Gundermann's complex personality: a contentious idealist who remained faithful to the communist cause even when his subversive opinions caused him to be expelled from the Party, who continued to work as a heavy-machine operator at a coal mine even after he had achieved musical success, and who, after reunification, was revealed to have been a prolific informer for the Stasi secret police. In German with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. Courtesy of Goethe-Institut Chicago. (MR)