Sorry Comrade


The irreverent documentary SORRY COMRADE is a delightful, complex feature debut from Vera Brückner. The film is a documentary portrait of Karl-Heinz and Hedi, two lovers in the divided Germany of the 1970s, kept apart by the Iron Curtain. A plan for Hedi’s escape from East Germany is hatched, and we soon find ourselves in thriller territory as their plan begins to unfold.

Brückner’s canny film moves quickly and cinematically, using first person testimony, excerpts from private correspondence, and a rich trove of archival footage. Yet SORRY COMRADE plays fast and loose with documentary convention, deploying a wealth of aesthetic strategies, including some vibrant sets and re-enactments that make no apology for their deliberate artifice. Abetted by a memorably jazzy score and a keen sense of humor, this confident, energetic film makes for a deeply satisfying experience that is both profound and delivered with a lightness of touch.

THE ONE WHO CROSSED THE SEA (Animated documentary short, Germany, 2020, 11 min.): A refugee from East Germany crosses the Baltic Sea in a folding boat. Years later, he finds a new home in a burgeoning nationalist movement.


DIRECTOR(S): Vera Brueckner
CAST: Karl-Heinz Stützel, Hedwig Stützel, Brigitte Ulrich, Lisa Rumpel, Lothar Thiel

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