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Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 01/2018

After his outing into family entertainment with TIMM THALER, director Andreas Dresen has now returned to Germany's recent past with his portrait of the contradictory life of the digger driver Gerhard Gundermann who made a name for himself as a singer-songwriter in former East Germany, tragically dying at only 43 in 1998. As the hero/anti-hero Gundermann, Alexander Scheer – whose previous credits include SUN ALLEY and THE YOUNG KARL MARX – wants to be a good worker, great husband, caring father, artist, clown, and politician – in fact, he is everything at the same time. And the type of person who can't help rubbing others the wrong way – not something that's only restricted to his home of East Germany....
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Director Andreas Dresen
Screenplay Laila Stieler
Cinematography Andreas Höfer
Cast Alexander Scheer, Anna Unterberger, Axel Prahl, Thorsten Merten, Bjarne Mädel, Milan Peschel, Kathrin Angerer
Producer Claudia Steffen
Co-Producers Peter Hartwig, Cooky Ziesche, Andreas Schreitmüller
Production Company Pandora Film Produktion, in co-production with Kineo Filmproduktion/Potsdam, RBB, ARTE
Shooting Dates September-December 2017
Festivals Black Nights Tallinn 2018, Ankara 2019, Kolkata 2019, Trieste 2020, Bengaluru 2020
Awards Bavaria Film Prize 2019 (Best Leading Actor), German Film Awards 2019 (Best Film: Gold, Best Directing, Best Screenplay, Best Leading Actor, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design)
With backing from German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, BKM, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt
German Distributor Pandora Film Verleih

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