Film Info: COMRADE, WHERE ARE YOU TODAY?

COMRADE, WHERE ARE YOU TODAY?

COMRADE, WHERE ARE YOU TODAY?
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In 1988 the 20-year-old Finn Kirsi Marie Liimatainen heads for the GDR to study Marxism-Leninism at the international youth academy “Wilhelm Pieck”. The students come from around the world – from both sides of the Iron Curtain. They are functionaries, freedom fighters and left-wing activists. Young people united in the hope for a better world. The international solidarity at the academy is convincing, but the real socialism is marked by contradictions – the gap between theory and reality is obvious. In the summer of 1989 the course ends – a few months later the Berlin Wall falls.

24 years later, Kirsi Marie Liimatainen sets out on a cinematic journey to Germany, Bolivia,Chile, Lebanon and South Africa to meet up once more with her former fellow students. What remains of their dream of revolution? Are there any utopias left, which are worth fighting for?


Kirsi Marie Liimatainen was born in Finland in 1968 and studied Theater and Drama at the University of Tampere. From 1991 to 1999 she worked as an actress in films, television and theater in Finland. From 1999-2006 she studied Directing at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF. She participated in the Résidence du Festival Cannes as well as the residence programs of CÉCI, Binger Film Lab, Torino Film Lab and Saari of the KONEFoundation. Her films include: MODLICHA (doc, 2001), THE TIME OF THE SPRING (2002), SONJA (2006), FORTRESS (2011), ALAVILLA MAILLA HALLANVAARA (mini-series, 2011), and COMRADE, WHERE ARE YOU TODAY? (doc, 2016).
Genre History, Road Movie
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2016
Director Kirsi Marie Liimatainen
Screenplay Kirsi Marie Liimatainen
Cinematography Yoliswa von Dallwitz, Till Vielrose, Hanno Moritz Kunow, Marc-Christian Weber
Producer Kirsi Marie Liimatainen
Co-Producer Kaarle Aho
Production Company Ilanga Films, in co-production with Making Movies Oy
Length 112 min
Format DCP, 1:1.78
Original Version
 German, English, Spanish, Arabic
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology 5.1
Festivals Kassel 2016, IFF Uruguay 2017, Filmfest Wismar 2017
With backing from Filmbüro Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Finnish Film Foundation
German Distributor W-film Distribution

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