SECTION: Von Frust und Freiheit

In the 30th year of German reunification, this series focuses on the period after reunification and its effects on contemporary politics in (east) Germany and the formerly socialist states of central and eastern Europe, namely Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary. The focus is on the stories of people, their hopes and disappointments, of new-found self-determination and subjugation to external influences, of social optimism and resignation. They speak: of frustration and freedom.

How did Germany, as well as the individual states of central and eastern Europe, deal with the challenges of system change, globalisation and debates over migration? What are the similarities, where are the differences? What worked and what failed? And how can past experiences be used to shape the future? Produced between 1990 and 2020, nine feature and documentary films as well as a short film programme present very different perspectives on developments over the past decades. CR

The series OF FRUSTRATION AND FREEDOM is supported by the Federal Foundation for Reappraisal of the SED Dictatorship.

Don Gio

Don Gio

Don Gio

Michal Caban, Šimon Caban
/ 1992 / 90 min
A society in upheaval pushes the theatre and its creative minds to (new) limits when "Don Giovanni" meets mud wrestling. Soon after the fall of the Iron Curtain capitalism falls like a predator over a refuge of high culture, as well as the country as ...
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Shortcut to Istanbul

Shortcut to Istanbul

So schnell es geht nach Istanbul

Andreas Dresen
Germany / 1990 / 45 min
A rediscovery in the OF FRUSTRATION AND FREEDOM programme section is this early work from Andreas Dresen. It was as a student at the Film and Television Academy Konrad Wolf (today: Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf) that the director, today ...
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IN THE BOX

IN THE BOX

V kocke

Michal Struss
/ 1999 / 6 min
A doll trapped in a box that could also be a cell. When a ray of light illuminates one of the walls in a bright and friendly manner, it arouses hopes for something new, something better or at least something different.
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Ela - Sketches on a Departure

Ela - Sketches on a Departure

Ela - Szkice na Pozegnanie

Oliver Adam Kusio
Germany / 2017 / 26 min
The time is ripe for the young Ela to leave the melancholy of her rural, Polish homeland behind. The “golden West”, with all its promises and temptations, is calling. In distant Ireland everything is supposedly fine, or at least better.
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When the War Comes

When the War Comes

AŽ PRIJDE VÁLKA

Jan Gebert
/ 2018 / 78 min
Jan Gebert's documentary gives cause for discussion: it shows how young nationalist Slovaks withdraw from the state and prepare with military and ideological drills for a worst case scenario that they themselves create. Filmtalk: WHEN THE WAR COMES | ...
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Symphony of the Ursus Factory

Symphony of the Ursus Factory

Symfonia Fabryki Ursus

Yasmina Wójcik
Poland / 2018 / 61 min
More ode to a time than swan song! Workers warmly remember their time in the factory and are proud of what they created: powerful tractors that continue to perform their work tirelessly in the fields... Filmtalk: SYMPHONY OF THE URSUS FACTORY | ...
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No More Mr. Nice Guy

No More Mr. Nice Guy

WIR KÖNNEN AUCH ANDERS

Detlev Buck
Germany / 1993 / 92 min
No sooner has Most collected his brother Kipp after the latter's release from prison when the two of them set off with their belongings to foreign lands in the East. That is to Wendelohe, where their grandmother has bequeathed them a house. The naive ...
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ALL THESE SLEEPLESS NIGHTS

ALL THESE SLEEPLESS NIGHTS

WSZYSTKIE NIEPRZESPANE NOCE

Michał Marczak
Poland, UK / 2016 / 100 min
A film akin to a never-ending hedonistic ride through a Warsaw night. Electronic beats in the club, on the beach and at the festival set the rhythm of a life that is defined by drugs, dancing, sex and transience; a life that attempts to extend the ...
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The Last Prior

The Last Prior

Obchodní dum

Tereza Vágnerová, Petr Januschka
Czech Republic / 2017 / 21 min
It is the last of its kind. Once a landmark and at the same time a place of consumption and for coming together, the department store today looks like a relic from another world that has stumbled aimlessly into the present.
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KURSDORF

KURSDORF

KURSDORF

Michael Schwarz
Germany / 2011 / 15 min
Villages are shrinking, dying out or disappearing for a number of reasons. Often both jobs and a decent infrastructure are lacking. Kursdorf has both in abundance. This is precisely why the village in northern Saxony is dying out. A gentle ...
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Borderland

Borderland

Grenzland

Andreas Voigt
Germany / 2020 / 97 min
A journey into the vast, flat countryside behind the dikes on the Oder and Neisse. Floods, wars and upheavals have swept over these lands. Director Andreas Voigt meets people there and lets them tell their stories; stories of coming, going and ...
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Junk Movie

Junk Movie

Roncsfilm

György Szomas
Hungary / 1992 / 89 min
The odd-seeming characters who meet time and again in the pub have one thing in common: they rarely win. Neither in the old nor in the new system. Neither when playing a game nor in real life. The result is a permanent sense of irritation and ...
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Sing

Sing

Mindenki

Kristóf Deák
Hungary / 2016 / 25 min
Hungary in 1991: Zsófi joins a children's choir which has already won many prizes. At the first rehearsal she realises that things are not quite right. Her friend Liza doesn't want to accept the unfair methods and comes up with a plan.
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The Conductor

The Conductor

Der Kontrolleur

Stefan Trampe
Germany / 1994 / 62 min
With the fall of the Wall Hermann loses not only his border guard job, but also "his" Marianne. He stoically guards both the old GDR border post and his memories. When Inge, the landlady of his regular restaurant, drops by, the inspector loses ...
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HOFFEN UND BANGEN

HOFFEN UND BANGEN

HOFFEN UND BANGEN

diverse
Germany, Slovakia, Czech Republic / 1999 - 2017 / 68 min
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Borderland

Borderland

Grenzland

Andreas Voigt
Germany / 2020 / 97 min
A journey into the vast, flat countryside behind the dikes on the Oder and Neisse. Floods, wars and upheavals have swept over these lands. Director Andreas Voigt meets people there and lets them tell their stories; stories of coming, going and ...
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