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GER19 Gundermann

With sensibility, affection, and humour, multi award-winning director Andreas Dresen (Cloud 9, 2008) presents this moving and endearing portrait of the beloved East German folk singer and song writer Gerhard Gundermann.

Politically active and passionate, digger driver Gundermann’s music career took off in 1986, capturing the hearts of the people with his clever, often melancholy lyrics imbued with social commentary. A poet, a clown, a loyal husband and an idealist, Gundermann lived a multifaceted life as a rebel- and a spy who got spied on.

Prolific stage and screen actor Alexander Scheer (Eight Miles High, 2007) is truly astonishing to watch as the intractable, brave and contradictory talent, not least because he sings every song himself. With attentive production design evocative of the era, this inspiring biopic is both a music film and a love story that courageously encompasses guilt and entanglement, as well as suppression and, above all, defiance.


  • NOMINATED: Outstanding Feature Film, Best Direction, Best Performance, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup, German Film Awards 2019
  • WINNER: Best Actor – Bavarian Film Award 2019
  • WINNER: FIPRESCI Prize – Tromsø International Film Festival 2019


“One of the richest, most sophisticated and greatest films about the GDR” –

  • Director  Andreas Dresen
  • Cast  Alexander Scheer, Anna Unterberger
  • Duration  128 min
  • Rating  18+
  • Language  German with English subtitles
  • Genre  Biography, Drama

Event starts
Tuesday 21 May, 2019
Event Ends
Tuesday 21 May, 2019
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