Vaterlandsverräter

Vaterlandsverräter

Deutschland 2010/2011, Dokumentarfilm

Inhalt

For twenty years, 75-year-old writer Paul Gratzik was an unofficial informer working for the GDR’s secret police, or Stasi as it was also known. Paul Gratzik was a womaniser; a rough diamond, gregarious and a committed Communist – an ideal combination for an informer. In 1981, after twenty years, this top informer decided to break with his employers at the State Security Service and expose his identity to the friends he had betrayed. He accepted the fate that subsequently befell him: shunned as a pariah by most intellectuals, he soon became persona non grata and was banished to the countryside.

"Vaterlandsverräter" is a portrait of an exceptional man whose tumultuous life was propelled to extremes. Now, more than 20 years after the end of the GDR, this film tells his story – in a way that it has never been told before. Annekatrin Hendel: "This film does not seek to expose or justify anything; it focuses on the inner turmoil of a German literary figure whose works have had an impact on many. Paul Gratzik has always felt at home in contradictions; any debate with this man represents both a significant intellectual and emotional challenge. I want to confront viewers with my unusual protagonist’s old and new ideas – ideas that are still as convoluted, intriguing, passionate and manipulative as they have struck me as being for the past twenty years. The film also offers a glimpse of the private person Paul Gratzik, who, far from being the typical non descript Stasi agent we know from history books and films, is someone who is charismatic, pompous, brusque and charming."

Source: 61. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)

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Credits

All Credits

Director:Annekatrin Hendel
Screenplay:Annekatrin Hendel (Konzept)
Director of photography:Jule Cramer, Johann Feindt, Martin Langner, Can Elbasi
Still photography:Beate Nelken
Titles / Opticals:Leif Heanzo
Animation:Moritz Koepp
Editing:Jörg Hauschild
Assistant editor:Jörg Volkmar
Sound design:Moritz Hoffmeister, Andreas Hartwig
Sound:Paul Oberle, Nic Nagel, Ludwig Bestehorn
Foley artist:Peter Sandmann, Marcus Sujata
Audio mixing:Michael Kaczmarek
Music:Louis Rastig
Participation:Paul Gratzik
Voice:Stefan Kowalski
Production company:It Works! Medien GmbH (Berlin)
in association with:Arte Deutschland TV GmbH (Baden-Baden)
Producer:Holly Tischman
Co-Producer:Stefan Kowalski
Producer (TV):Anne Even (ZDF / Arte)
Producer:Maria Wischnewski
Post-production:Can Elbasi, René Frölke
Original distributor:Edition Salzgeber & Co. Medien GmbH (Berlin)
Funding:Beauftragte/r der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien -Filmförderung- (Berlin), Deutscher Filmförderfonds (DFFF) (Berlin), Kulturelle Filmförderung Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, DEFA-Stiftung (Berlin), Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein GmbH (FFHSH) (Hamburg), Nipkow Programm (Berlin)
Length:103 min
Format:1:1,78
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Stereo
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 24.02.2011, 126677, ohne Altersbeschränkung/feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 13.02.2011, Berlin, IFF - Perspektive Deutsches Kino;
Kinostart (DE): 06.10.2011

Titles

Originaltitel (DE) Vaterlandsverräter

Versions

Original

Length:103 min
Format:1:1,78
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Stereo
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 24.02.2011, 126677, ohne Altersbeschränkung/feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 13.02.2011, Berlin, IFF - Perspektive Deutsches Kino;
Kinostart (DE): 06.10.2011
 

Awards

2013
Adolf-Grimme-Preis, Information & Kultur
 
Neiße Filmfestival 2012
Publikumspreis
 
Filmfestival Augenweide, Osnabrück 2011
Bester Dokumentarfilm
 
Stadt Osnabrück 2011
Friedenspreis