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Wittstock, Wittstock

Wittstock, Wittstock

In 1974 Volker Koepp went to Wittstock for the first time and filmed life in the old town in Brandenburg, especially the changes brought by the building of a big textile factory. The film focused on three women, Edith, Elsbeth and Renate. The films offered a fascinating glimpse into provincial life in the GDR and brought us close to the three women, who had to cope with constant problems at work, got married, had children and had come to terms with life in Wittstock. Now a new kind of normality has taken hold in Wittstock: The big factory is no longer there. Elsbeth goes from one retraining course to another. Renate has now been working for five years as a chambermaid in a small hotel, and Edith, who used to be so rebellious, has moved to the Heilbronn area and has become very tranquil. The film shows all this with an unexpectedly light touch, with a constant tension between sadness and comedy and with incomparably beautiful pictures.
Category Documentary
Director Volker Koepp
Screenplay Volker Koepp
Cinematography Christian Lehmann
Angelika Arnold
Cast Edith Dahlke, Elsbeth Fischer, Renate Lust
Producer Herbert Kruschke
Production Company Kruschke Film- und Fernsehproduktion/Berlin, in co-production with Bayerischer Rundfunk, ORB/Berlin, SFB/Berlin, in cooperation with Verleih der Filmemacher/Munich
Length 119 min
Format 35 mm, b&w
Original Version
 German
Sound Technology Optical
Festivals Berlin 97: Forum
German Distributor PROGRESS Film-Verleih/Berlin

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