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Tapping (Abstich)


For one hundred years, life in one of the most beautiful landscapes in Thuringia had been influenced by the dirt and the rhythm of the steelworks at Maxhuette Unterwellenborn. Filming daily life in this region was a challenge for the filmmakers who made their first film here in 1986. In the spring of 1993, three and a half years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the fifth, and last, part of the Maxhuetten chronicle was filmed. A strange atmosphere, a sense of catastrophe and new beginnings, ruptures and new starts pervaded the region. Three years after filming began, the Maxhuette steelworks, so rich in tradition, were closed down. During these three years, the filmakers observed the people who worked there. This impressive and critical film will preserve memories of the Maxhuette steelworks and all its former workers.

Directors Joachim Tschirner, Burghard Drachsel
Screenplay Joachim Tschirner, Burghard Drachsel
Cinematography Heinz Richter, Lutz Koerner, Karl Farber, Rainer M. Schulz, Christian Maletzke
Angelika Arnold
Thomas Tschirner
Producers Marina Kassube, Barbara Kunst, Frank Pieritz
Production Company Um Welt Film Produktion/Berlin
Runtime 97 min
Format 35 mm, color
Sound Technology Mono
Festivals Berlin 98: Forum, Muenchen 98, Potsdam 98
With backing from BMI, Thueringer Ministerium fuer Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur
German Distributor PROGRESS Film-Verleih/Berlin

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