Film Info: Ueberlebenden, Die

Survivors, The (Ueberlebenden, Die)

Survivors, The

High school reunion, graduation class of '79: we meet again after 16 years. Three of us are missing: they have committed suicide in the intervening years. Shortly after graduation - 1979: Thilo, a rebel, ready to charge ahead. He wants to be a musician. Thilo breaks free and disappears to France with a buddy. They end up in jail. A turning point? Rudi, son of a greengrocer. Rudi is popular, a sweet guy. He graduates with an "A" average. He goes to Scotland and works as an assistant at a College. He has never felt better. After one year he returns to Stuttgart. Something is wrong with him. Three weeks later he is dead. Thilman: he played music with Thilo. He leaves high school after 11th grade, begins an apprenticeship as a metalworker. He moves to Berlin to avoid the military draft. Thilo visits him there. He has few friends. One morning, he goes into a garage, closes the gate and turns on the motor. When Tilman dies, Thilo reports himself to the police. But nobody believes him. Two years later, Thilo also goes into a garage. What emerges is the portrait of a whole generation, one that has fallen through the grid of history.


Andres Veiel was born in 1959 in Stuttgart and studied Psychology in Berlin. After attending seminars in Directing and Dramaturgy at the Artist House Bethanien in Berlin, he has been active writing film and theater scripts and lectures at the Free University in Berlin. His films include: A WINTERNIGHT'S DREAM ( doc, 1992), BALAGAN (doc, 1993) winner of the IFFS Main Prize and the German Film Award in Silver, THE SURVIVORS (doc, 1996) winner of the Main Prize at DOK.fest München and the Adolf Grimme Award in 1998, the highly-acclaimed BLACK BOX GERMANY (2001) which received the German Film Award for Best Documentary in 2002 and the European Film Award, DIE SPIELWÜTIGEN (2004), THE KICK (2006) which won the Grand Prix Cinema du Réel, the feature IF NOT US, WHO (2011) which screened in Competition in Berlin, and his latest documentary BEUYS (2017).
Category Documentary
Director Andres Veiel
Screenplay Andres Veiel
Cinematography Lutz Reitermeier
Bernd Euscher
Cast Helmut Guenther, Veith Goeller, Georg Hummler, Rose Mattenklott, Britte Mattenklott, Gudrun Guehlich, Bruno Jasche
Producer Klaus Volkenborn
Production Company Journal Film Klaus Volkenborn /Berlin
Length 92 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Optical
Festivals Berlin 96: Forum, Singapore 96, Marseille 96, Muenchen 96: Documentary Film Festival
With backing from Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, MFG Baden-Württemberg, BMI, Filmbuero NW, Filmfoerderung Brandenburg
German Distributor Salzgeber & Co. Medien/Berlin

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