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Östliche Landschaft Eduard Schreiber

Why words if symbolic image elements speak for themselves? The short film shows how numerous East Germans get rid of their lived history after the reunification.

Östliche Landschaft

Documentary Film
Germany
1991
13 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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DEFA-Studio für Dokumentarfilme
Eduard Schreiber
Thomas Klemm
Sebastian Richter
Ingeborg Marszalek
Rolf Richter
Henner Golz
Why words if symbolic image elements speak for themselves? The short film shows how numerous East Germans get rid of their lived history after the reunification. Contemporary history crystallises on an East Berlin garbage dump: a location of “historic” relics from the socialist age that people no longer need for the dawning era, objects that have lost their utility value after the end of a state.

The almost unreal filmic form overlays what is shown like a disturbing filter, like the narrative of a failed dream. There is still – or perhaps, from a distance, again – space for poetry in this landscape of disillusionment.

Nicolas Rossi