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Nikolaikirche

Nikolaikirche

The architect Astrid Protter finds herself at a turning point. Not only are things going to have to change in her marriage, but also at work and in society as a whole. More and more frequently, she starts arguments with her brother Alexander, an officer in the State Security Service. Soon, there is a deep rift running through her family. Mean-while, in the Nikolaikirche, the peace movement led by Reverend Ohlbaum is gradually turning into a serious threat for the state. Astrid Protter has become one of their members ... Nikolaikirche is the story of a family in Leipzig during the two years of unrest starting in 1988 that culminated in the Monday Demonstration in the autumn of 1989. Frank Beyer has made a grippingly realistic film of Erich Loest's novel about the dramatic events in the final days of the German Democratic Republic.


Frank Beyer was born in 1932 in Nobitz. From 1952-1957, he studied at the FAMU film school in Prague. From 1958-1966, he was a director at the DEFA Studio in Babelsberg, but was forced to leave following his film The Trace of Stones (Spur der Steine, 1966), which was considered a critical affront by the government of the German Democratic Republic, and was forbidden to work in Berlin and Potsdam. He was director at the State Theater in Dresden from 1967-1969 and began making TV films for East German Television in 1970. He started making features for DEFA again in 1974. After the banning of his film Geschlossene Gesellschaft, he was permitted to make films in West Germany. His films include: Five Cartridges (Fuenf Patronenhuelsen, 1960), Invincible Love (Koenigskinder, 1962), Naked Among Wolves (Nackt unter Woelfen, 1963), Carbide and Sorrel (Karbid und Sauerampfer, 1964), Traces of Stone (Spur der Steine, 1966), Jacob the Liar (Jakob der Luegner, 1974), The Hiding Place (Das Versteck, 1978), The Turning Point (Der Aufenthalt, 1983), Bockshorn (1984), Der Bruch (1989), and Nikolaikirche (TV, 1995), among others.
Category Feature
Director Frank Beyer
Screenplay Frank Beyer, Eberhard Goerner, Erich Loest
Cinematography Thomas Plenert
Rita Hiller
Cast Ulrich Tukur, Otto Sander, Barbara Auer, Ulrich Matthes, Ulrich Mühe, Annemone Haase, Daniel Minetti, Jutta Wachowiak
Producer Juergen Haase
Production Company Provobis Film/Hamburg, in co-production with ARTE, WDR, MDR, ORF/Vienna
Length 138 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Stereo
Festivals Taipei 2009
German Distributor PROGRESS Film-Verleih/Berlin

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