Comrade, Where Are You Today?

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    Comrade, Where Are You Today?

    Toveri, missä olet nyt?

    Directed by

    Finland

    2016

    112 min

    • English
    • Spanish
    • German
    • Arabic

    Documentary

    In 1988 then 20-year old Kirsi Marie Liimatainen enrolls into Jugendhochschule "Wilhelm Pieck" in Bogensee, German Democratic Republic to study Marxism-Leninism. During her year there she befriends with the fellow students around the world, some of which use combat names to hide their true identity as in their home countries at the time socialists/communists were persecuted. This class eventually happens to be the last at that school as GDR ceases to exist due to German unification in 1989. 24 years later she tracks some of her former school fellows to learn what has happened to these comrades since they left Bodensee.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Kirsi Liimatainen
    Screenplay
    Kirsi Liimatainen
    Cinematography
    Yoliswa von Dallwitz
    Editing
    Jeannette Maria Giza
    Stefanie Kosik
    Gudrun Steinbrück
    Antti Tuomikoski
    Music
    Pessi Levanto
    Lasse Sakara
    Anssi Växby
    Production
    ILANGA FILMS
    Kirsi Marie Liimatainen

    Kirsi Marie Liimatainen

    Finland

    Kirsi Marie Liimatainen was born in Finland in 1968. She has an MA degree in Theatre and Drama studies of the University of Tampere. From 1991-1999, she worked as an actress in films, television and in theatres in Finland. From 1999-2006, she studied directing at the Potsdam-Babelsberg Academy of Film and Television. Her filmography as a writer/director covers MODLICHA (doc, 30 min, 2001), FRÜHLINGSHYMNE (fiction, 45 min, 2002), SONJA (fiction, 73 min, 2006), ALAVILLA MAILLA HALLAN VAARA (fiction, mini-tv-series, 3x50 min 2010), FESTUNG (fiction, 87 min. 2011) and COMRADE, WHERE ARE YOU TODAY? (doc, 112 min, 2016) She has received residencies & grants from Residence du Festival Cannes, Paris, France, CÉCI Moulin d’Ande, France, Academy of Arts Berlin, Germany, Nipkow-Foundation, Berlin, Germany, DEFA-Foundation, Berlin, Germany, Binger Filmlab, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Finnish Cultural Foundation & Finnish Film Foundation.