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Scene from ENEMY OF THE STATE (photo © Leif Heanzo/It Works! Medien GmbH)

The first thing Gratzik defiantly announces is that there will be no discussion on the Stasi... On the one hand, it is a psychological profile of an extraordinarily paradoxical figure, a “man of extremes”: satyr, seducer, radical and hermit. On the other hand, it tells a story about the GDR, its critics and the Stasi of the kind that has never been told before in all the 20 years since the end of East Germany.

When Gratzik terminated his activities as a confidential informant because he began to feel the functionaries were betraying the people of the GDR, he came out of the closet in a radical manner. He was ready to put up with the consequences of no longer being able to publish anything and of even being under surveillance himself.

The fact that a man, who clearly enjoys reckless talk, is not under pressure to serve any expectations is thanks to the sensitive approach of the filmmaker. And thanks to her unwavering curiosity, he ends up opening up to her, while being allowed to remain faithful to himself, his inner conflicts and his obstinacy. From the outset, the director refrained from seeking a “moral to the story”, thus allowing perpetrator and victim to be neutralized and even “humanized” in one person.
Genre Biopic, History, Literature
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2011
Director Annekatrin Hendel
Screenplay Annekatrin Hendel
Cinematography Johann Feindt
Producer Holly Tischman
Production Company IT WORKS! Medien/Berlin, in co-production with ZDF, ARTE
Runtime 97 min
Format 35 mm, color, 1:1.85
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Berlin 2011, Augenweide Kiel 2011
Awards Documentary Award Kiel 2011
With backing from German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds, BKM, MOIN Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Kulturelle Filmförderung Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Filmwerkstatt Kiel, DEFA-Stiftung, Nipkow-Program
German Distributor Salzgeber & Co. Medien

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