Miraculi © DEFA-Stiftung, Jörg Erkens
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.
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.
Second Prize, Schwerin Film Art Festival
|1992||Official Selection, Berlin International Film Festival|
"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.”