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Heimat 3 - A Chronicle of Endings and Beginnings (Heimat 3 - Chronik einer Zeitenwende)

Heimat 3 - A Chronicle of Endings and Beginnings
Henry Arnold, Salome Kammer (photo © ERF)

The two film cycles, Heimat and Heimat 2, are recognized milestones in the history of television. Heimat 3 is not only the third part of the trilogy, but also a narrative inventory of the century in its final decade. Its inner theme is one of endings and beginnings. In six tragicomic episodes, Heimat 3 tells of the spirit of renewal of the early 1990s, recording how what began as German dreams became less and less German, losing themselves instead in global immensity.


Edgar Reitz was born in 1932 in Morbach and earned degrees Theater and Art History. He was a member of the Oberhausen Group in 1962 and, together with filmmaker Alexander Kluge, co-founder of the Institute for Film in 1963 at the Ulm Academy of Design. A selection of his numerous and highly-acclaimed films includes: MAHLZEITEN (1966), DIE REISE NACH WIEN (1973), DIE STUNDE NULL (1976), DER SCHNEIDER VON ULM (1978), HEIMAT (1982-1984), DIE ZWEITE HEIMAT (1985-1992), DIE NACHT DER REGISSEURE (1994), HEIMAT 3 (2004), HEIMAT - FRAGMENTE (2006), and DIE ANDERE HEIMAT (2013), among others.
Genre History, Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2004
Director Edgar Reitz
Screenplay Edgar Reitz, Thomas Brussig
Cinematography Thomas Mauch, Christian Reitz
Susanne Hartmann
Nikos Mamangakis, Michael Riessler
Franz Bauer, Michael Fechner, Irmhild Gumm
Cast Henry Arnold, Salome Kammer, Matthias Kniesbeck, Michael Kausch, Uwe Steimle, Christian Leonhard
Producer Robert Busch
Production Company Edgar Reitz Filmproduktion, in co-production with SWR, ARD Degeto, ARRI Cine Technik/Munich
Length 680 min
Format 35 mm, color, b&w
Dubbed Versions Italian
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, Italian
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Venice 2004 (Horizons: Special Event), Ghent 2004, Stockholm 2004, Monte Carlo 2005, BAFICI Buenos Aires 2007
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, MEDIA Plus, State Ministries of Rheinland-Pfalz
German Distributor STUDIOCANAL/Berlin

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