Restropective of German Director – Christian Schwochow
29th March | 09:00 PM
The Stein Auditorium
Synopsis: 9 November, 1989: At the Bornholmer Straße border checkpoint in Berlin, GDR soldiers and customs officers are shocked by an announcement made by Günter Schabowski, member of the Central Committee of the Politburo of the SED, as he reveals in a press conference, broadcast live on television, that all East German citizens will be allowed to cross into the West. Many people are caught up in the euphoria – and not realising that they still require a passport and visa, head straight to their nearest checkpoint. Lieutenant Colonel Schäfer and his men still haven’t realised what will be in store for them later that evening. It ends with the border being opened – the beginning of the end for the GDR. Bornholmer Strasse is a magnificently ironic and astonishingly moving comedy about hope meeting despair and heroes who have no desire to be such.
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