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Jochen - a Golzower From Philadelphia (Jochen - ein Golzower aus Philadelphia)

Jochen - a Golzower From Philadelphia

Jochen - A Golzower from Philadelphia is the seventeenth film of the Golzow-series. The son of an agriculture functionary, Jochen, who only attended school in Golzow for one year, allows glimpses into his personal life. He helped to establish the socialist order in Philadelphia, then in Golzow and last in Bernau near Berlin.

The heavyweight with a special sense for practical things became a milker, was a border guard, got married and now lives with his wife and three children in Bernau. Just as disappointed with the German Democratic Republic then as well as with its demise, he wants to have nothing to do with politics anymore.


Winfried Junge was born in 1935 in Berlin. After studies in German at the Humboldt University in Berlin, he transferred to the German Film Academy in Potsdam-Babelsberg in 1954. Graduating in 1958, he began work at the DEFA studios. A selection of his films includes: When I Finally Go to School (Wenn ich erst zur Schule geh', 1961), Observations in a First Class (Nach einem Jahr, 1962), Eleven Years Old (Elf Jahre alt, 1966), Anmut sparet nicht noch Muehe (1979), the FIPRESCI Award-winning Lebenslaeufe (1981), Diese Golzower - Umstandsbestimmung eines Ortes (1984), Drehbuch: Die Zeiten (1992), The Life of Juergen from Golzow (Das Leben des Juergen von Golzow, 1994), The Story of Uncle Willy from Golzow (Die Geschichte des Onkel Willy aus Golzow, 1995), Was geht euch mein Leben an. Elke (1996), Da habt ihr mein Leben. Marieluise (1997), Brigitte & Marcel (1998), A Guy Like Dieter - Native of Golzow (Ein Mensch wie Dieter - Golzower, 1999), Jochen - A Golzower from Philadelphia (2001), Actually, I Wanted to Be a Forester - Bernd from Golzow (Eigentlich wollte ich Foerster werden - Bernd aus Golzow, 2006), and If They Haven't Passed Away... The Children of Golzow (Und wenn sie nicht gestorben sind... Die Kinder von Golzow, 2006).

Barbara Junge was born in 1943 in Neunhofen and graduated from Karl-Marx-University in Leipzig as an English and Russian translator. From 1969 she worked at the DEFA studio for documentary film in charge of foreign language versions. Since 1978 she has been the archivist of the Golzow-project, has edited all of Winfried Junge's films since 1983 and since 1993 has also co-directed.
Genre History, Biopic
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2001
Directors Winfried Junge, Barbara Junge
Screenplay Winfried Junge, Barbara Junge
Cinematography Hans-Eberhard Leupold, Harald Klix
Barbara Junge
Gerhard Rosenfeld
Producer Klaus-Dieter Schmutzer
Production Company à jour Film/Berlin, in cooperation with ORB/Potsdam, DEFA Foundation/Berlin
Length 119 min
Format 35 mm, color, b&w
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Berlin 2002 (Forum), Lisbon 2002, Sheffield 2002
With backing from BKM, Brandenburg Ministry of Science, Research & Culture, Ostdeutsche Sparkassenstiftung, Sparkasse Maerkisch-Oderland

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