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Double Feature at Dryden Theatre

April 21, 2018
07:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Dryden Theatre at George Eastman Museum, 900 East Avenue

Director Andreas Voigt, Time Will Tell—Leipzig and Elsewhere, 1989-2015
(Alles Andere zeigt die Zeit—Leipzig und Anderswo, 1989-2015)

Germany, 2015, 89 minutes, DCP, documentary film

Documentary filmmaker Andreas Voigt has chronicled life in Leipzig for over twenty-five years. Begun in 1989, when his protagonists where young teenagers, through the fall of the Berlin wall and German unification, Voigt has kept in close touch with the former punk girl turned successful business woman, Isabel, skinhead Sven, who has struggled with long-term unemployment, and Jenny, who traces her family’s tragic history in the archives of the East German secret police. In this fifth film about Leipzig, we encounter people adjusting in different ways to leaving their childhoods in a vanished socialist GDR and life in capitalist, unified Germany. Voigt’s film won the prestigious Bavarian Film Prize in 2016 and opened the 2015 Leipzig Documentary Film Festival to overflowing audiences and critical acclaim.

Producer Barbara Etz, When We Were the Future—Seven Stories from a Vanished Country (Als wir die Zukunft waren—Sieben Geschichten aus einem verschwundenen Land), Germany, 2015, 87 minutes, DCP, documentary film

In this autobiographical compilation film, seven directors from the East German film studio DEFA remember their childhood in the 1950s and 60s GDR. In funny, poignant, and deeply moving stories, each director finds a unique form of storytelling. Using animation, archival material, stylized reenactments, and family photo collections, the individual stories are hauntingly intimate and at the same time reveal much about growing up in post-war Germany, life in the young, idealist, socialist state, and the perils of memory. Director Andreas Voigt and recent visiting filmmaker Peter Kahane (The Architects) are contributors to this film, which was featured at the 2015 Leipzig Documentary Festival and nominated for the Adolf Grimme Prize.

Organized by the Eastman School of Music- Humanities department and generously co-sponsored by Dryden Theatre, the University of Rochester’s departments of Modern Languages and Cultures- German, Visual & Cultural Studies, and Film Studies.

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