Black Box BRD

  • Andres Veiel
  • Germany
  • 2001
  • 107 min
  • Focus: It Still Hurts
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Through the life stories of two German men, Black Box Germany draws a picture of West Germany in the 80s: a society riven by the legacy of World War II, which it had never fully processed.

Banker Alfred Herrhausen came from a simple but ambitious family. During the war, he attended an elite school run by the Nazis, and he quickly made a career for himself after 1945. On November 30, 1989, three weeks after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, he was killed in an attack by the Red Army Fraction (RAF). Wolfgang Grams, the second protagonist, was the son of refugees from East Germany. Growing up in the 1960s, he developed a strong sense of justice and ideas about a less materialistic society. He became increasingly radical and ended up getting involved with the RAF. In 1993, he was killed during a shoot-out with the police.

The two stories are told from the perspective of the relatives, including Alfred’s widow and Wolfgang’s parents. For them, the death of their beloved husband and son is still an open wound.

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Followed by an interview with the director.

Fri 22 November - 13:00 - 14:50
Tuschinski 4
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Fri 29 November - 17:45 - 19:52
Munt 10
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Credits

  • 107 min
  • color / black and white
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: Spanish, German
Director
Andres Veiel
Production
Thomas Kufus for Zero One Film GmbH
Co-production
HR / SWR / ARTE - Germany
Cinematography
Jörg Jeshel
Editing
Katja Dringenberg
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IDFA history

2019
Screened
Focus: It Still Hurts
2001
Screened
IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

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