Herzsprung

(Herzsprung)

Germany, 1992, 87 min, Color
In German; English subtitles
Credits:
Director
Script
Editor
Camera
Set Design
Costume Design
Music (Performance)
Cast
Producer

Synopsis

In the little town of Herzsprung almost nothing has changed since German unification—except a rise in unemployment. Johanna, a young mother and widow, becomes one of the unemployed and lives on welfare. To make matters worse, her husband commits suicide and she falls in love with a dark-skinned, roving adventurer; the whole village starts talking about it.

 

The feature film debut of director Helke Misselwitz (Winter Adé, 1988). Part of the series WENDE FLICKS: Last Films from East Germany.

Awards

1993 Official Selection, Berlin International Film Festival
1993 German Film Award nominee
1992 Special mention in "debut film" category (Helke Misselwitz), San Sebastian International Film Festival

Press comments

“A humorous yet sensitive treatment of dead-end lives.”
— San Sebastian Film Festival

 

“A beautiful, whimsical and at times magical film about love, longing and racism.”
— Goethe-Institut Montreal

 

“One of the few German films to deal with contemporary political and social issues shortly after the political Wende in East Germamy.”
film-zeit.de

 

“Images, photographed by Thomas Plenert, the likes of which have not been seen in German film for a long time.”
Berliner Zeitung

Availability

Special features:
  • Turn Subtitles On/Off
  • Biographies & Filmographies
  • Introductory Essay by Kraft Wetzel
  • Written Interviews with Helke Misselwitz and Thomas Wilkening
  • Original On-Location Photos by Helga Paris
  • WENDE FLICKS Series Trailer
  • About The Wende Museum

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