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SEALED LIPS (UND DER ZUKUNFT ZUGEWANDT)

SEALED LIPS
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Antonia Berger, a young German and enthusiastic Communist, goes to the Soviet Union in the 1930s. Whilst there, she is accused of spying and sent to Vorkuta’s labor camp. After being released from the gulag in 1952, she manages to return home to the new socialist East German state with her daughter Lydia. Antonia is forced by her party comrades to keep her terrible experiences secret for the common good. It is only after Stalin's death that she speaks out about her time in the Soviet Union. But her newly regained freedom is taken away from her again when her lover, a committed Communist, informs the authorities. Antonia has to make a choice – between truth or the present.


Bernd Böhlich was born in Dresden in 1957. After working as a director's assistant, he studied at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF. A selection of his numerous films includes: ALL ALONE (2005), YOU ARE NOT ALONE (2007), KRAUSE'S FEST (2007), THE MOON AND OTHER LOVERS (2008), FLY AWAY (2011), KRAUSE'S BLISS (2016), KRAUSE'S HOPE (2018), and SEALED LIPS (2018).
Genre Drama, History, Love Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 2018
Director Bernd Böhlich
Screenplay Bernd Böhlich
Cinematography Thomas Plenert
Cast Alexandra Maria Lara, Carlotta von Falkenhayn, Robert Stadlober, Karoline Eichhorn, Barbara Schnitzler, Stefan Kurt, Jürgen Tarrach, Frauke Poolmann, Peer Jäger, Alexander Khuon, Peter Kurth, Swetlana Schönfeld, Jochen Nickel, Hark Bohm, Bernd Stegemann, Vladislav Grakovskiy, Branko Samarovski, Stefan Lochau, Jenny Langner
Producers Eva-Marie Martens, Alexander Martens
Production Company Mafilm Martens Film- und Fernsehproduktion/Berlin, in co-production with RBB, cine plus Filmproduktion, STL
Length 100 min
Format DCP, color, 1:1.78
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Goa 2018, Cleveland 2019, Bif&st Bari 2019
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, BKM, German Federal Film Board, German Federal Film Fund

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