Kopf Faust Fahne – Perspektiven auf das Thälmanndenkmal

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Kopf Faust Fahne – Perspektiven auf das Thälmanndenkmal

Kopf Faust Fahne – Perspektiven auf das Thälmanndenkmal
Betina Kuntzsch
German Competition
Documentary Film
Germany
2021
47 minutes
German
subtitles: 
English
World premiere

For technical reasons – too massive! – this 50-ton bronze colossus was not demolished in 1993. Today it is listed as a historical monument, along with the associated housing estate. A relic from the old days: Today, the raised fist of the former German Communist Party leader and erstwhile GDR hero Ernst Thälmann in the Prenzlauer Berg park defies the collective forgetting of a not-so-long-ago past instead of heralding the victory of communism.

In 1986, an old municipal gasworks in East Berlin made way for a housing estate – and a monument that was controversial even then. Partly imagined, partly remembered and extensively researched throughout, Betina Kuntzsch assembles a complex narrative as part of her project “Vom Sockel Denken” about the Ernst-Thälmann-Memorial in Berlin: about a place full of history, viewed from ten different perspectives. In her omnibus film she skilfully uses various aesthetic and research tools. The successful combination of own footage, animation, archive material and oral history generates a kind of kaleidoscope, a gem of historiographic documentary-making and a parcours through a whole range of documentary film genres.

Borjana Gaković

Screenings & Tickets DOK Leipzig Logo

27.10.
#312
CineStar 2
Pink Mao + Kopf Faust Fahne – Perspektiven auf das Thälmanndenkmal
During Checkout you can apply discounts or your accreditation.
27.10.2021
CineStar 2
#312
Pink Mao + Kopf Faust Fahne – Perspektiven auf das Thälmanndenkmal
During Checkout you can apply discounts or your accreditation.
28.10.
Hauptbahnhof Osthalle
Pink Mao + Kopf Faust Fahne – Perspektiven auf das Thälmanndenkmal

Free entry

FSK recommendation: all ages
28.10.2021
Hauptbahnhof Osthalle
Pink Mao + Kopf Faust Fahne – Perspektiven auf das Thälmanndenkmal

Free entry

FSK recommendation: all ages
29.10.
#533
CineStar 5
Pink Mao + Kopf Faust Fahne – Perspektiven auf das Thälmanndenkmal
During Checkout you can apply discounts or your accreditation.
29.10.2021
CineStar 5
#533
Pink Mao + Kopf Faust Fahne – Perspektiven auf das Thälmanndenkmal
During Checkout you can apply discounts or your accreditation.
31.10.
#743
Passage Kinos Astoria
Teil der Kompilation
will be announced on Friday 29 October 18:00 Online & Box Office Sale will start shortly after
31.10.2021
Passage Kinos Astoria
#743
Teil der Kompilation
will be announced on Friday 29 October 18:00 Online & Box Office Sale will start shortly after

Credits DOK Leipzig Logo

Betina Kuntzsch
Maria Wischnewski
Sven Boeck
Martin Langner
Claire Roggan
Betina Kuntzsch
Joachim Gies
Michael Walz
Betina Kuntzsch
Betina Kuntzsch

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Nominated for DEFA Sponsoring Prize, VER.DI Prize for Solidarity, Humanity and Fairness