Margarethe 89

Filmstill Margarethe 89

Margarethe 89

Margarethe 89
Lucas Malbrun
International Competition Animated Film 2023
Animated Film
18 minutes

The end of real-socialist oppression, doomed love and tacit double morals unfold in colourful felt-pen images and clear lines. Leipzig, 1989. The city still belongs to the blue shirts of the Free German Youth, there is still talk of a flourishing country in festive speeches. Locked away in a mental hospital for belonging to the Leipzig punk scene and abused as “belonging to an enemy faction” that undermines the GDR from within: Margarethe can stand it. Ultimately, however, the lack of briquettes and the cold water in the communal shower make the young woman dream of being close to her boyfriend Heinrich. While the protests in the streets are growing, Heinrich and his band play church-organised punk concerts that hint at the prospect of freedom. But Stasi spies are more present than ever – until the newly gained freedom to travel scatters them to the winds along with the lights of the fireworks.

Jana Kraft

Credits DOK Leipzig Logo

Lucas Malbrun
Lucas Malbrun, Marie Larrivé
Lucas Malbrun
Clara Saunier, Vincent Tricon
Nicolas de Rosanbo, Céline Vanlint
Elodie Thevenin
Sound Design
Quentin Romanet
Mael Oudin
World Sales
Miguel Español Celiméndiz
Artistic Design
Morgan Curt, Hippolyte Cupillard, Jean-Baptiste Peltier, Charlie Belin, Jonas Schloesing, Daria Skripka, Yehor Bondarenko, Angelina Dorozhinskaia
Nominated for: mephisto 97.6 Audience Award