FRAUEN IN BERLIN

DDR 1982, D, E, S Chetna Vora, C Thomas Plenert, Peter Badel, P Anita Vanderhertz, Print b/w and colour, SD-File from VHS, 139 min, German OV

In long takes with few cuts, women talk about their lives. All the conversations are shot in interior rooms, attesting to trust and great candour. They talk about work, relationships, what’s left of the day, and families – which is naturally political. A common theme of the discussions is the relationship between dreams and reality, and possibly their inkling that a lasting, happy relationship with a man is just as unlikely as the happy future of the Workers’ and Farmers’ State, the GDR. Chetna Vora began studying directing at the HFF Babelsberg in 1976. Frauen in Berlin would have been her first feature film; however, the HFF broke off production before it was finished, and the negative material was largely destroyed. What remains is a rough version that was secretly filmed on video beforehand, an invaluable and candid document, especially in this form. In 1983, Chetna Vora moved to India with her life partner Lars Barthel and their daughter. She died in 1987. (Tobias Hering, Begleittext zur Filmreihe In deutscher Gesellschaft. Passagen-Werke ausländischer Filmemacher*innen 1962–1992, 2018)

Source: Lars Barthel
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Acronyms
amer. American English
b/w Black and white
OV Original version
SUB Subtitles
+SUB electronic live subtitling (below the image)
INT Intertitles
Countries
AT Austria
FRG Federal Republic of Germany (historic)
BLR Belarus
DE Germany
CAN Canada
GDR German Democratic Republic (historic)
EGY Egypt
FR France
GB Great Britain
URY Uruguay
BRA Brasil
SWE Sweden
UKR Ukraine
PL Poland
IDN Indonesia
PRT Portugal
HRV Croatia
ECU Ecuador
HUN Hungary
AUS Australia
IT Italy
MEX Mexico
IND India

Zu Gast: Gudrun Plenert, Thomas Plenert, Tamara Trampe

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