GERMANY

HEIL

2015 – DCP – colore – 104’

 

Direction: Dietrich Brüggemann

Screenplay: Dietrich Brüggemann

Cinematography: Alexander Sass

Editing: Vincent Assmann

Set design: Theresia Anna Ficus

Music: Dietrich Brüggemann

Costumes: Juliane Maier

Cast: Benno Fürmann, Liv Lisa Fries, Jerry Hoffmann, Jacob Matschenz, Daniel Zillmann, Oliver Bröcker, Anna Brüggemann, Thelma Buabeng, Richard Kropf, Jörg Bundschuh, Michael Gwisdek, Hanns Zischler

Producers: Michael Lehmann, Katrin Goetter in coproduzione con in co-production with Dietrich Brüggemann

Production: Real Film Berlin, Letterbox Filmproduktion in co-production with Bella Firma, Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg, Südwestrundfunk, ARD Degeto  in collaboration with ARTE

 

SYNOPSIS

Welcome to Prittwitz. The acclaimed Afro-German author Sebastian Klein is on a reading tour in the East German backwater and is given a fitting welcome by local neo-Nazis: a blow to the head. Sebastian promptly loses his memory and parrots everything people tell him. Nina, Sebastian’s pregnant girlfriend in Berlin, is highly agitated. Without further ado she travels to Prittwitz and teams up with the village policeman Sascha to track down her boyfriend. He is in the hands of the neo-Nazis and their leader Sven and feels right at home among them. Smirking, he appears on talk shows and mouths the slogans that Sven whispers to him. A “blackie” railing against integration – the public goes crazy. And Sven sees himself finally on his way to becoming an opinion leader…

 

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

“Satire seems to me to be the only possible format at all that somehow can cinematically get a hold of the complex reality. You can find on the Internet a text by Ulrich Köhler where he explains why he doesn’t make any political films. He argues stringently, and I agree with him completely – however, he doesn’t have comedy as a possibility on his radar screen. Because first of all, we don’t have this in Germany anyway, and second of all, the entire genre has gone to the dogs so much that as a serious artist you usually have to turn away in horror.”

AWARDS AND FESTIVALS

2015 Karlovy Vary IFF – Competition

2015 German Film Critics Association Awards:  Best Screenplay, Best Editing