Partisan

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    Partisan

    Directed by

    Germany

    2018

    130 min

    • German

    Documentary

    The end of the GDR gave rise to new artistic freedoms in reunited Berlin. Shortly after the fall of the Wall, rebel director Frank Castorf was appointed artistic director of the Volksbühne. His way of working altered the public’s perception of this theatre. The post-reunification audiences in East Berlin were glad to be challenged by a series of radical productions and theatre marathons, and the Volksbühne became a legend. The chronological history of the Castorf era between 1992 and 2017 is told here in excerpts from the productions and in a series of conversations conducted on the long sofa in the theatre’s foyer. This is where we hear from actors including Henry Hübchen, Sophie Rois, Martin Wuttke and Herbert Fritsch, who moved from acting to directing, as well as Castorf himself. The people behind the scenes, who usually remain invisible to the audience, also have their say and are placed on an equal footing with prominent actors and directors.

    Awards

    • 2nd Place Panorama Audience Award for Documentary Film - Berlin IFF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Frank Castorf
    Sophie Rois
    Kathrin Angerer
    Herbert Fritsch
    Henry Hübchen
    Alexander Scheer
    Screenplay
    Lutz Pehnert
    Cinematography
    Wolfgang Gaube
    Editing
    Thomas Kleinwächter
    Music
    Moritz Denis
    Production
    SOLOFILM PRODUCTION
    Lutz Pehnert

    Lutz Pehnert

    Germany

    Born in Berlin in 1961, after serving an apprenticeship as a typesetter, he worked for the ‘Junge Welt’ daily newspaper. Since 1995 he has been a freelance writer and director for television. BRAND, co-directed with Matthias Ehlert screened in the 1997 Berlinale Forum.

    Matthias Ehlert

    Matthias Ehlert

    Germany

    Born in Berlin in 1967, he studied philosophy, German and history. He has worked as a journalist since 1992 and, since 2012, has been deputy editor-in-chief of ‘Weltkunst’ magazine.

    Adama Ulrich

    Adama Ulrich

    Germany

    A director and writer, she studied cultural theory, aesthetics, theatre history and ethnography in Berlin and completed a PhD in theatre in 1993. She pursues her interests in other cultures and ways of life with cinematic voyages of discovery to Africa, Latin America and the USA.