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Program
Director: Norbert Lechner
2019
Germany
110 minutes
Unclassified 15+

Star-crossed lovers under Cold War laws.

It’s 1986. Berlin is divided, both physically and ideologically, by a pitiless wall. In the liberal West, ingénue Anna (Lea Freund) signs up for a youth exchange program that takes her past the barbed wire and armed guards into Germany’s communist East. There she meets Philipp (Tim Bülow), the bohemian son of a preacher man, and their romance blossoms on the city’s greyest streets. It does not go unnoticed. In a place where owning the wrong books or music could end in a prison sentence, the lovestruck teens must evade Stasi scrutiny, or else suffer the consequences of pursuing forbidden love across an unforgiving border. Though the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, this intimate film about freedom of movement is palpably relevant in today’s surveilled world.

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Program Strand Feature Fiction
Premiere Australian
Age Recommendation 15+
Language German
Subtitles English
Director Norbert Lechner
Producer Norbert Lechner
Screenwriters Norbert Lechner, Susanne Fuelscher, Antonia Rothe-Liermann
Cast Lea Freund, Tim Bülow, Franziska Weisz, Fritz Karl