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89 Millimetres (89 Millimeter)

89 Millimetres
Scenes from "89 Millimetres" (photo © Kloos & Co. Medien)

In 89 Millimetres, Sebastian Heinzel sets out on a journey to Belarus to find out how six young people of his own age live their lives and how free they really are in a young nation that is torn between stagnation, protest and emigration. He meets a political refugee, members of the Resistance, a house painter, a Go-Go-dancer, a journalist without any prospects, and a soldier devoted to his country.

The film is a stunning portrait of a generation that tries to find its own way after the breakdown of the Soviet Union. 89 Millimetres, the distance that railways in Belarus are wider than those of its Western neighbors, also stands for the little difference between life in Belarus and in Western Europe. Not a big difference. But here, right on the border of the new European Union, opens the gate to a new world. Some say, to the last dictatorship in Europe.


Sebastian Heinzel was born in Kassel in 1979. After school and alternative national service in the USA, he took up studies in Theater, Film and Television Science – which quickly convinced him to start shooting films himself instead of only talking about them. He is currently studying Documentary Film Directing at the Film Academy Baden-Wuerttemberg in Ludwigsburg. 89 Milimetres (89 Millimeter, 2005) is his first feature length documentary and was completed before he enrolled in Ludwigsburg. His other films include: the award-winning documentaries b24 – 24 Hours Berlin (2003) and Samagon (Moonshine, 2004), and the experimental documentary Free Man Need Nothing (2005).
Genre Society
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2005
Director Sebastian Heinzel
Screenplay Sebastian Heinzel
Cinematography Eugen Schlegel
Lena Rem
Producer Stefan Kloos
Production Company Kloos & Co. Medien/Berlin
Length 80 min
Format color
Original Version
 Russian/German/English
Subtitled Versions English, German, Greek, Czech
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals One World Prague & Bratislava 2005, Sehsuechte Potsdam 2005, Spectrum Junger Film Cologne 2005, Anonimul St. Gheorghe/Romania 2005, Dokufest Prizren/Kosovo 2005, Dokument Glasgow 2005, EU XXL Vienna & Krems 2005, Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire Montreal 2005, Big Sky Missoula 2006
Awards Best Editing Potsdam 2005, Best Camera Prizren 2005
German Distributor Kloos & Co. Medien/Berlin

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