Im Stillen Laut

Im Stillen Laut

Documentary Film
72 minutes

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Therese Koppe, Marie-Luise Wagner, Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
Therese Koppe
Irma Heinig
Annegret Sachse
Evelyn Rack
Therese Koppe
Billie Mind
Erika and Tine are 81 and have been a couple for 40 years. The two women live on a farm in Brandenburg they restored themselves and look back on eventful lives. In the GDR they both had to fight for personal and artistic freedom and struggled daily with socialism, not to mention its actually existing contradictions. Unlike other GDR creative artists who cracked under the rejection of their art and ideas, they both take a humorous look back today at the manifold documents of their lives, contextualising and contradicting the numerous Stasi files with their own memories, photos, paintings, sculptures and texts. They use the conversations with the young director to take a close look at their own (GDR) past, but also the post-reunification period, the present and future.

What can art do in times of social political challenge? How can one stay true to oneself, art and one’s ideals? Where are women still confronted by structural discrimination today? How can social grievances be resolved together? By staying naturally close to its protagonists, the film manages to achieve an enchantingly lucid narrative about freedom, autonomy, creativity and sociality – and, last but not least, a marvellous ode to love.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann

Honorable Mention of the VER.DI Prize for Solidarity, Humanity and Fairness.