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Barluschke

Barluschke

This documentary begins on the day that Joana and Berthold Barluschke split up. The film tells the story of a man living in the second half of the twentieth century who, in his determination to be someone, lost sight of himself and became a henchman - first for the GDR Stasi and then for the West German Federal Intelligence Service. A man who served a number of ideological paths but who doesn't remember any of the goals. A man who glorifies his life and turns it into a legend. An agent. A man who, once business is over and he is made redundant, decides to train his camera on his own family - like a weapon. The camera as a cold-hearted chronicler. Berthold Barluschke, whose wife Joana still hopes that the family will one day come together again and that something positive will emerge from all that has occurred.


Thomas Heise was born in 1955 and trained as a printer from 1971-1973. He began to work at the DEFA Studio for Feature Films from 1975 as an assistant director for filmmakers like Heiner Carow and Juli Raisman. In 1978, he began studying at the University of Film & Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg (HFF/B), but broke off his studies in 1982. Since then, he has worked as a freelance writer and director, and also as a contributing director at the Berliner Ensemble theater since 1991. A prolific documentary filmmaker, a selection of his films include: THE HOUSE (DAS HAUS, 1984), PEOPLE’S POLICE (VOLKSPOLIZEI, 1985), IMBISS SPEZIAL (short doc, 1989), IRON AGE (EISENZEIT, 1991), JAMMED – LET’S GET MOVING (STAU – JETZT GEHT'S LOS, 1992), BARLUSCHKE (1997), NEUSTADT/JAMMED – THE STATE OF THINGS (NEUSTADT/STAU – STAND DER DINGE, 2000), FATHERLAND (VATERLAND, 2002), CHILDREN. AS TIME FLIES (KINDER. WIE DIE ZEIT VERGEHT, 2007), CONSEQUENCE (GEGENWART, 2012), STAEDTEBEWOHNER (2014), and HEIMAT IS A SPACE IN TIME (HEIMAT IST EIN RAUM AUS ZEIT, 2019).
Category Documentary
Year of Production 1997
Director Thomas Heise
Screenplay Thomas Heise
Cinematography Peter Badel
Karin Schoening
Mikis Theodorakis
Cast Berthold Barluschke
Producers Katrin Schlösser, Frank Loeprich
Production Company öFilm/Berlin
Length 90 min
Format 16 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Mono
Festivals Leipzig 1997, Duisburg 1997, Berlin 1998 (German Films), Amsterdam 1998
Awards Silver Dove Leipzig 1997
With backing from Filmbuero NW, Kulturelle Filmfoerderung Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Stiftung Kulturfonds, Daenisches Filminstitut Filmwerkstatt
German Distributor Basis-Film Verleih/Berlin

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