Miraculi

(Miraculi)

Germany, 1991, 113 min, Color
In German; English subtitles
Credits:
Director
Script
Dramaturg
Editor
Camera
Set Design
Costume Design
Music (Score)
Cast

Synopsis

A group of young people draws straws to see who’ll steal some cigarettes. With this theft, Sebastian (Volker Ranisch) starts a bizarre, symbolic odyssey through a sclerotic world, in search of himself and of truth and justice. When he tries withdrawing from one social paradigm, he finds himself caught in another.

 

This political-allegoric film is part of the series WENDE FLICKS: Last Films from East Germany.

Commentary

The fall of the Wall made it possible for director Ulrich Weiß (Your Unknown Brother) to finally make a film again. In this work he blends two long-cherished projects, one of which he had worked on for over ten years, but was refused by the East German film studio.

 

Miraculi also includes a cameo by the outstanding Brechtian actor Käthe Reichel, one of the co-organizers of the November 4, 1989, demonstration for freedom and democracy in East Berlin.

Awards

1992

Second Prize, Schwerin Film Art Festival

1992 Official Selection, Berlin International Film Festival

Press comments

"Director Ulrich Weiß was the greatest talent to emerge from the Babelsberg film school in the 1970s."
The Oxford History of World Cinema

 

“These images of a universal uncertainty represent the shattering of a familiar world. It is one of the most important and deepest films of the Wende period. But more than anything, it is the most mysterious one.”

— Erika Richter, film historian

 

“This quixotic movie is dominated by political allegory.”
The New York Times

 

“Ulrich Weiß is an artist who stimulates thought, whose world consists of ideas and images and who, for this reason, has remained an underestimated outsider.”
film-zeit.de

Availability

Special features:
  • Turn Subtitles On/Off
  • Biographies & Filmographies
  • Introductory Essay by Erika Richter
  • Written Interview with Ulrich Weiß
  • WENDE FLICKS Series Trailer
  • About The Wende Museum

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