Film Info: VATERLANDSVERRÄTER

ENEMY OF THE STATE (VATERLANDSVERRÄTER)

ENEMY OF THE STATE
Scene from ENEMY OF THE STATE (photo © Leif Heanzo/It Works! Medien GmbH)

The first thing Gratzik defiantly announces is that there will be no discussion on the Stasi... On the one hand, it is a psychological profile of an extraordinarily paradoxical figure, a “man of extremes”: satyr, seducer, radical and hermit. On the other hand, it tells a story about the GDR, its critics and the Stasi of the kind that has never been told before in all the 20 years since the end of East Germany.

When Gratzik terminated his activities as a confidential informant because he began to feel the functionaries were betraying the people of the GDR, he came out of the closet in a radical manner. He was ready to put up with the consequences of no longer being able to publish anything and of even being under surveillance himself.

The fact that a man, who clearly enjoys reckless talk, is not under pressure to serve any expectations is thanks to the sensitive approach of the filmmaker. And thanks to her unwavering curiosity, he ends up opening up to her, while being allowed to remain faithful to himself, his inner conflicts and his obstinacy. From the outset, the director refrained from seeking a “moral to the story”, thus allowing perpetrator and victim to be neutralized and even “humanized” in one person.


Annekatrin Hendel was born in Berlin. After finishing her studies in Design, she began working as a freelance costume and set designer for film and theater. In 1989 she was one of the founders of the Berlin-based Theater 89. In 1999 she directed her first film, the short CHIQUITA FOREVER. In 2004 she founded IT WORKS! Medien. The company's first production ZUR ZEIT VERSTORBEN won numerous festival prizes and was nominated for the 2004 German Short Film Award. A selection of her other films as a director include: EIN STAR IM OFF (2000), MIT FANTASIE GEGEN DEN MANGEL (2008), and FLAKE - MEIN LEBEN (2011).
Genre Biopic, History, Literature
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2011
Director Annekatrin Hendel
Screenplay Annekatrin Hendel
Cinematography Johann Feindt
Producer Holly Tischman
Production Company IT WORKS! Medien/Berlin, in co-production with ZDF, ARTE
Length 97 min
Format 35 mm, color, 1:1.85
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Berlin 2011, Augenweide Kiel 2011
Awards Documentary Award Kiel 2011
With backing from German Federal Film Fund, BKM, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Kulturelle Filmförderung Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Filmwerkstatt Kiel, DEFA-Stiftung, Nipkow-Program
German Distributor Salzgeber & Co. Medien/Berlin

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