Coming Out © DEFA-Stiftung, Wolfgang Fritsche
As a boy, Philipp was strongly attracted to his best friend, but he put that behind him in order to live within the “norm.” He meets a shy girl who falls for him, and soon the couple is sharing an apartment. But Philipp cannot deny his passionate desire for a young man. After years of repressing his sexuality, he finally accepts himself for who he truly is.
Hailed as the first and only feature film about gay life ever produced in communist East Germany, Coming Out premiered on the night the Berlin Wall opened, November 9, 1989.
|2018||Images of the Future: The Cinema of East Germany, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|2011||Shown at Outfest, The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, USA|
|2010/11||Shown at by Side, LGBT International Film Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia|
|2009||Shown at Torino Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Italy|
|2006||Shown at Teddy Twenty Tribute, Berlin International Film Festival|
|1998||Shown at Human Rights Watch Film Festival, New York, USA|
|1990||Shown at International Festival of Lesbian and Gay Film, New York, USA|
|1990||Shown at Chicago's Lesbian and Gay Festival, USA|
|1990||Konrad Wolf Prize of the Berlin Academy of Fine Arts (director Heiner Carow; author Wolfram Witt)|
|1990||Best Director (Heiner Carow), GDR Feature Film Festival in Berlin|
|1990||Best Young Male Actor (Matthias Freihof), GDR Feature Film Festival in Berlin|
|1990||Teddy Award, Berlin International Film Festival|
|1990||Silver Bear for the expression of respect for human rights, humanity, and tolerance, Berlin International Film Festival|
|1989||Critic's Prize for Film, Association of German Critics, Berlin Academy of Arts|
“One of the landmark works of gay cinema.”
— David Hall, GayCelluloid.com
"The descriptions of East Berlin's gay scene are revelations in themselves."
"This is a psychological film, but not one, however, to go astray, merely dabbling in psychological posturing. It is a film which seeks to attain - and relies on - the grandest emotion."
— Helmut Ullrich in the Berlin Neue Zeit on Nov. 10, 1989
"This is what life-drawings by Leonardo or Michelangelo look like. Praise be to Martin Schlesinger's camera-work which operates photographically with the finest aesthetic feeling for corporeality."
— Rosemarie Rehahn in the Berlin Wochenpost on Nov. 24, 1989
"...a gripping story of a man searching for his true sexual identity."
— Image in the Dark, an Encyclopedia of Gay and Lesbian Films
"One of the best gay films I've seen. I only wish there were more films like this!"
— Stephen Bourne, London Gay Times, March 2001
- "Best of Queer Berlin," a PC-friendly interactive city guide presented by Siegessäule
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Featurette Highlighting the Best of East German Cinema
- Biography & Filmography
- Remastered with New Subtitles