Gundermann film still. Courtesy Goethe Institut

Gundermann film still. Courtesy Goethe Institut

Gundermann

German Film Festival 2019
  • Sat 24 Aug 2019
  • 6:30—8:40PM
  • Len Lye Centre Cinema
  • Presented by the Goethe-Institut NZ
  • Free entry
  • Tickets will be issued at the Gallery on the day of each screening on a first come, first served basis
  • Unfortunately no reservations by phone or email
  • Please take your seat 10 mins before the film starts as otherwise empty seats will be re-allocated
  • Wheelchair spaces available. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked

Songwriter, worker and Stasi spy. All this was Gerhard Gundermann. Alexander Scheer and Andreas Dresen show in 'Gundermann' the ambivalence and humanity that is necessary to understand the dilemmas faced by people who believed in the ideals of the DDR, despite their methods.- Michael Meyns, Filmstarts

After his excursion to family entertainment with Timm Thaler, director Andreas Dresen has now returned to Germany's recent past with his portrait of the contradictory life of the digger driver Gerhard Gundermann who made a name for himself as a singer-songwriter in former East Germany and tragically died at the age of 43 in 1998. As the hero/anti-hero Gundermann, Alexander Scheer – whose previous credits include Sun Alley and The Young Karl Marx – wants to be a good worker, great husband, caring father, artist, clown, and politician – in fact, he is everything at the same time. And the type of person who can't help rubbing others the wrong way – not something that's only restricted to his home of East Germany....
Text: German Films

Germany, 2018
Director: Andreas Dresen
Screenplay: Laila Stieler
Cinematography: Andreas Höfer
Editor: Jörg Hauschild
Music: Jens Quandt
With: Alexander Scheer, Anna Unterberger, Axel Prahl, Thorsten Merten, Bjarne Mädel, Milan Peschel, Kathrin Angerer
Producer: Claudia Steffen
Duration: 127 mins
Language: German (with English subtitles)
Rating: tbc
Awards selection: Bavaria Film Prize 2019 (Best Leading Actor), German Film Awards 2019 (Best Film: Gold, Best Directing, Best Screenplay, Best Leading Actor, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design)


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