SECTION: Everything stays different?

There is a lot of discussion and speculation about East Germany today. Stories of people from the time after the Peaceful Revolution until today. 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall it is time for a new look: Did everything go too fast back then? Has everything changed, and if so, how?


Everything stays different? – A film series on the unification period and its aftermath

Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall discussions about the events of 1989/90 and the post-reunification era in Germany are more lively than ever. In public discourse images of freedom and a newfound autonomy contrast with those of social upheaval and a supposed colonisation of the East by the West. Against a background of globalisation and debates on migration the successes of right-wing populist parties and a general mood of protest, especially in eastern Germany, represent an ever greater challenge to liberal democracy. To what extent have the processes of transition, some of which continue to this day, set the course for the present and perhaps also for the future? How can interrelations between the past and current social conflicts be understood? And how might these conflicts be used to generate greater mutual understanding and a constructive shaping of society?

The series Everything stays different? presents different perspectives on social, cultural and personal developments across a total of twelve feature and documentary films, most of which are presented at this year's FFC, produced between the years 1990 and 2019: complete with contemporary documents which bore witness to the processes in question; directors who take a retrospective look thereupon; with perspectives from East and West and with a cinematic exploration of the one-time neighbours of the former Czechoslovakia and their respective takes on the nineties.

Everything stays different? tells the stories of people from eastern Germany and beyond whilst exploring identity issues which are again today coming to the surface. Where do we stand between a spirit of optimism and personal ruptures, between our own socialisation and wider societal narratives, between East and West, between a shared history and a united future? CR

Everything stays different? is supported by the Federal Foundation for the Reappraisal of the SED Dictatorship.

TIME WILL TELL

TIME WILL TELL

ALLES ANDERE ZEIGT DIE ZEIT

Andreas Voigt
Germany / 2015 / 94 min
Since 1989 documentary filmmaker Andreas Voigt has repeatedly found himself drawn to Leipzig. The most recent result of his travels, TIME WILL TELL, merges and complements the four previous episodes, all of which were shot back in the nineties, ...
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PROGRESS IN THE VALLEY OF THE PEOPLE WHO DON'T KNOW

PROGRESS IN THE VALLEY OF THE PEOPLE WHO DON'T KNOW

FORTSCHRITT IM TAL DER AHNUNGSLOSEN

Florian Kunert
Germany / 2019 / 67 min
During the era of the GDR, southeast Saxony was called the ‘Valley of the people who don’t know’ because it had no reception for West German television. Today, this is where Syrian war refugees meet former factory workers of the agricultural ...
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THE GERMAN CHAINSAW MASSACRE

THE GERMAN CHAINSAW MASSACRE

DAS DEUTSCHE KETTENSÄGENMASSAKER

Christoph Schlingensief
Germany / 1990 / 63 min
They came as friends and became sausage! Christoph Schlingensief's cynical commentary on German reunification polarised audiences and industry multipliers from the moment of its premiere screening. His staged performance on dramatic encounters along ...
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THE LUST FOR POWER

THE LUST FOR POWER

MEČIAR

Tereza Nvotová
Slovakia, Czech Republic / 2017 / 89 min
Times indeed were wild when Slovak children pretended not only to be Winnetou and E.T. but also Mečiar. And yet who was this Vladimír Mečiar, mention of whom provokes nothing but shoulder-shrugging and a turning up of noses amongst the youth of ...
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THE INHERITANCE OR FUCKOFFGUYSGOODDAY

THE INHERITANCE OR FUCKOFFGUYSGOODDAY

DĚDICTVÍ ANEB KURVAHOŠIGUTNTÁG

Věra Chytilová
ČSSR / 1992 / 120 min
Shortly after the fall of the Iron Curtain the biggest good-for-nothing in a Moravian village suddenly becomes millionaire and proceeds uses his newfound wealth to implement one madcap idea after the next. A pointed comedy, not to mention ...
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FATHERLAND

FATHERLAND

VATERLAND

Uli M Schueppel
Germany / 1992 / 89 min
The odyssey of a former Algerian contract worker in the GDR who, having kidnapped his son, sets off on an aimless journey. The apocalyptic landscapes crossed by the two prove to be inner landscapes, inhabited by few people, as silent as the tragic ...
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EAST GERMAN ROUND TABLES – COMMITTEES OF THE PEACEFUL REVOLUTION

EAST GERMAN ROUND TABLES – COMMITTEES OF THE PEACEFUL REVOLUTION

RUNDE TISCHE – DIE GREMIEN DER FRIEDLICHEN REVOLUTION

Michael Erler
Germany / 2019 / 90 min
Looking back at a unique political experiment: the history of the so-called Round Tables from the viewpoint of the then involved players. Civil rights activists, politicians, theologians, opposition members talk about their intentions, their work, ...
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