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My Life Is My Own Affair (Was geht Euch mein Leben an)

My Life Is My Own Affair

Elke had already made herself known in a quarter of an hour in Lebenslaeufe (1980). She had been the "pretty little girl with the curls" among the children of Golzow who had started school in Oderbruchdorf in 1961, a few days after the construction of the Berlin Wall. And Elke also had curls again as a lovely bride for her big Catholic wedding. But the marriage vows didn't even last a year. How did her life continue? In over two hours, My Life Is My Own Affair recapitulates Elke's growing up once more, going from the sandpit in the Golzow kindergarten to the 41st birthday of the pretty, intelligent young woman who went away from Golzow after her tenth class at school, became a technical drawer in Frankfurt/Oder and now lives with a businessman from Frankfurt am Main. So far, she hasn't wanted to marry again. This would be her fourth marriage if she did. "Until death us do part"? She would rather leave that to life....


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.
Genre Biopic
Category Documentary
Year of Production 1997
Directors Winfried Junge, Barbara Junge
Screenplay Winfried Junge, Barbara Junge
Cinematography Hans-Eberhard Leupold, Harald Klix
Barbara Junge
Gerhard Rosenfeld
Cast Elke Glante
Producer Klaus-Dieter Schmutzer
Production Company à jour Film/Berlin, in co-production with NDR/Hamburg, ORB/Berlin
Length 125 min
Format 35 mm, color, b&w
Original Version
 German
Sound Technology Optical
Festivals Berlin 1997 (Forum)
With backing from BKM
German Distributor PROGRESS Film-Verleih/Berlin

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