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Story Of Uncle Willy From Golzow, The (Geschichte vom Onkel Willy aus Golzow, Die)

Story Of Uncle Willy From Golzow, The

After eight years of schooling, Willy had only managed to reach the seventh grade. He was the smallest boy in his class. Willy learned the agricultural technology trade. He was soon intimately familiar with the inner workings of every form of farming machinery around. He was really too young for marriage. With his wife and two sons he settled into a new apartment. At the age of twenty, he seemed to already be a part of the world of adulthood, a world which his contemporariers were only beginning to explore. Uniformity and boredom crept unnoticed into his marriage with Ingeborg, the milkmaid. New love entered Willy's life in the form of an agriculture student. He followed her to the town of Graefenhainichen. In 1988, she bore Willy a son, Kevin. This new relationship combined with the political transformation in East Germany and the home-hitting insecurity over jobs has given Willy a new perspective on life. Thus has his film record of everyday life in East Germany unexpectedly developed into a documentary of the adversities and challenges which came in the wake of German reunification.


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.
Category Documentary
Directors Winfried Junge, Barbara Junge
Screenplay Winfried Junge, Barbara Junge
Cinematography Hans-Eberhard Leupold, Harald Klix
Angela Wendt, Barbara Gummert
Gerhard Rosenfeld, Kurt Grottke
Cast Willy Sommerfeld, Jutta Sommerfeld
Producer Klaus-Dieter Schmutzer
Production Company à jour Film/Berlin, in co-production with NDR/Hamburg, ORB/Berlin
Length 145 min
Format 35 mm, color, b&w
Original Version
 German
Sound Technology Dolby Stereo
Festivals Berlin 96: Forum
With backing from Kulturstiftung der Laender, Ministerium fuer Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur Brandenburg, Kultusministerium Sachsen-Anhalt
German Distributor PROGRESS Film-Verleih/Berlin

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