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3 Star Red is the name of the flare and the code name used by East German border guards to signal an escape attempt over the deadliest stretch of the Iron Curtain. During the shooting of a feature film in the winter of 2001, Christian Blank, a man playing the bit part of an East German border guard, goes berserk. For no apparent reason, he attacks one of the leading actors and tries to kill him.

He is taken to the psychiatric ward of a hospital, where a tired but attractive psychiatrist, Dr. Wehmann, treats him. She is soon fascinated by what she hears.

Blank was, in fact, an East German border guard in real life. He mistook the film actor for the vicious and sadistic Major Nattenklinger, his former commanding officer. Blank delves into the depths of his soul to reveal what he has gone through. The more he tells, the more it becomes clear that he is not as insane as he first seemed.

3 Star Red is the almost unbelievable story of a man who found out what true horror was, who lost everything, including the love of his life. Now, years later, reality and "insanity" merge to form a chilling narrative of dashed hopes, love and betrayal, danger and the blunt desire for revenge ...
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2001
Director Olaf Kaiser
Screenplay Holger Jancke
Cinematography Matthias Tschiedel
Sabine Brose
Rainer Kirchmann
Annekatrin Hendel
Cast Meriam Abbas, Petra Kleinert, Rainer Frank, Bastian Trost, Dietmar Moessmer
Producer Olaf Jacobs
Production Company Hoferichter & Jacobs/Berlin, in co-production with ZDF
Runtime 88 min
Format 35 mm, color
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Ophüls Festival Saarbrücken 2002
With backing from Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Mitteldeutsche Medienfoerderung

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