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Heimat

Heimat
Scene from "Heimat" (photo courtesy of ARRI)

Heimat is about leaving and returning. About the respect one has for one's work and home and about living on credit. About mothers and sons. About fathers and how early morning light shines into the room. About summer clothes and uniforms. About the three eggs on the window sill. About that first car and about radio tubes. About saying goodbye and the key behind the window shutter. About animals and motorcycles. About brothels in Berlin and about falling in love for the first time. About kitchens and attics. About aeroplanes and chocolate. About bomb-disposal units and discovering faith. It is about the differences between men and women. About the loaf of bread you hold up against your chest to slice. About pillows and chewing gums. About prayers during the night and weddings by proxy. About the hammer and the anvil. It is about the dawn of a new age and about grandmothers. About the construction of highways and feet that walk 5000 kilometres to get home. About a letter from the USA and about blueberries. About air raids, hair-do's and bank loans. And always about rolling stones gathering no moss.


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 Docu-Fiction
Year of Production 1984
Director Edgar Reitz
Screenplay Edgar Reitz, Peter Steinbach
Cinematography Gernot Roll
Heidi Handorf
Nikos Mamangakis
Cast Gudrun Landgrebe, Marita Breuer, Dieter Schaad, Michael Lesch, Gertrud Bredel, Willi Burger
Producer Edgar Reitz
Production Company Edgar Reitz Filmproduktion, in co-production with WDR, SFB/Berlin
Length 940 min
Format 35 mm, color, b&w
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, Italian, French
Sound Technology Mono
Festivals Venice 1984, Montreal (Nouveau Cinéma) 1984, Valladolid 1984, London 1984
German Distributor ARRI Media International

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