Original title: (Herzsprung)
Germany, 1992, 87 min, color
In German; English subtitles

The little East German town of Herzsprung, in the middle of nowhere, shortly after German unification in 1990. Johanna, a young mother who becomes a widow and loses her job, is a victim of the general economic collapse. Eventually, she falls in love with a stranger who is new to the town. People notice the couple, some refuse to accept their relationship and racism and resentment lead to a dramatic escalation of events. Herzsprung was the last film produced at the DEFA Studios before they were closed in 1992.


This film contains harmful and offensive racist language and imagery used by neo-Nazi characters. We have decided to subtitle the term they use for a Black person in this way: [n-word]. We also acknowledge the slurs that refer to women, as well as people of Polish descent.  —DEFA Film Library, 2021

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


Screening Rights: 
Educational Streaming

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