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Cold Homeland (Kalte Heimat)

Cold Homeland

Seven hundred years ago the region on the Baltic between the Vistula and Memel rivers was populated by a people - the Pruss - who later gave their name to the area: Prussia. In 1945 the northern part of the region fell to the Soviet Union, becoming the Kalingradskaja Oblast: a Russian enclave wedged in between Lithuania and Poland. The film portrays the life of the people of this region, people of different generations and the most disparate backgrounds ...


Volker Koepp was born in Stettin (Szczecin)/Poland in 1944 and studied at the Technical University of Dresden from 1963-1965. In 1966, he entered the film school at Potsdam-Babelsberg and obtained his diploma as a writer and director in 1969. He was a director at the DEFA documentary film studio from 1970-1991 and has won prizes at Cracow, Oberhausen, Tampere and Mannheim. He has been a guest lecturer at the Film & Television Academy (HFF) in Babelsberg since 1993. His films include: Slatan Dudow (1974), Wittstock III (1978), Haus und Hof (1980), In Rheinsberg (1982), Leben in Wittstock (1984), Afghanistan 1362 - Erinnerung an eine Reise (1985), Maerkische Ziegel (1989), Maerkische Heide, Maerkischer Sand (1990), Maerkische Gesellschaft mbH (1991), Neues in Wittstock (1992), Die Wismut (1993), Cold Homeland (Kalte Heimat, 1994), Fremde Ufer (1996), Wittstock, Wittstock (1997), Das 7. Jahr - Ansichten zur Lage der Nation (TV, 1997), Schoene Erde Mutterland (1998), Die Gilge (1998), Herr Zwilling und Frau Zuckermann (1999)and Kurische Nehrung (2001).
Category Documentary
Year of Production 1994
Director Volker Koepp
Screenplay Volker Koepp
Cinematography Thomas Plenert
Angelika Arnold
Mario Peters
Cast Edith Federowna, Bluma Moissjewitch, Olga Makarowa, Betty Ladenko, Frieda Olgena
Production Company Dokfilm/Babelsberg, in co-production with WDR, MDR
Length 158 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German/Russian
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Optical
Festivals Munich 1995, Berlin 1995
With backing from BMI, Filmfoerderung Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

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