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Heroes Like Us (Helden wie wir)

Heroes Like Us

Even Klaus Uhltzscht's birth at a village inn in the Vogtland resounds with history: it is the evening of 20th August 1968, and tanks are rolling towards Prague. Klaus spends his childhood in a block of prefabricated concrete flats; the house is directly opposite to the central offices of the Ministry for State Security. During his schooldays he ends up as a young pioneer on the title page of a well-known illustrated magazine. Later his choice of profession leads the 18 year old into the ranks of the Stasi.

In the wild days prior to political change, Klaus Uhltzscht even saves life: his blood helps to prolong the life of Erich Honecker. But for Klaus, the secret operation has fatal consequences: the shy young man becomes equipped with genitals beyond all quantitative imagination. And Klaus puts these into action, blasting a way to freedom for millions - during the already legendary night of 9th November 1989 ...


Sebastian Peterson was born in Hamburg in 1967. He made his first films on Super 8 at the age of 15 and initially worked as a bar pianist and salesman after his schooling. He then studied Film Editing the "Konrad Wolf" Academy for Film & Television in Babelsberg. During this time, he also worked as an author, editor and director on the shooting of video shorts which scored considerable success at festivals. The most well-known of these was his 12-minute student film Fake! which received a prize in 1998 as the Best Short at the Ophuels Festival in Saarbruecken. Heroes Like Us (Helden wie wir was his first feature film.
Genre Comedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 1999
Director Sebastian Peterson
Screenplay Sebastian Peterson, Thomas Brussig, Markus Dittrich
Cinematography Peter Przybylski
Petra Jurowski
Ingo Ludwig Frenzel
Cast Daniel Borgwardt, Xenia Snagowski, Gojko Mitic
Producer Hanno Huth
Production Company Senator Film Produktion
Length 93 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Gothenburg 2000
With backing from Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung
German Distributor Senator Film Verleih/Berlin

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