Generation ’89 – Growing up in the year of change

Generation '89, IFEMA 2015

Swedish premiere!
Sunday 19th of April, 17.00-18.45, Panora in Malmö
Tickets: Kulturcentralen – Generation ’89

It is the untold story of the reunification – the year of change from the perspective of six teenagers from East Germany. They jointly remember what happened 25 years ago. At that time, they are too young to fit into the usual grid of ‘stasi victim’ or ‘east German nostalgics’, too old to simply grow up in the new Germany as if nothing had happened. When the wall falls, Anke (the director) and her friends experience how the cornerstones of their existence are put into question. For them, the generation of ’89, the fall of the wall is neither a moment of joy nor of sorrow. They see in disbelief how their entire life is abruptly declared invalid.

One of the protagonists,  Silke Jentsch, will attend for a talk with the journalist Ingela Brovik, after the screening.

Director: Anke Ertner, Germany, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Running time: 72 min
Speech: German
Subtitels: English
Age limit: 15 years
Original title: Generation ´89 – Erwachsenwerden im Wendejahr
Distributor: Filmmaker


Anke Ertner, IFEMA 2015

About Anke Ertner
Born in Großenhain, close to Dresden, Germany, 1975. Anke was first a journalist on radio but have since then produced innumerable reports and features for German television. Generation ’89 is her first major and independent documentary.

Kai Dahlke, Andreas Hilbert, Silke Jentsch, Anika Mattis, Anja Tautenhahn, Jan Tautenhahn.

Awards and Festivals – Generation ’89
– Crystal Palace International Film Festival 2014, Finalist Best Documentary
– Winter Film Awards, New York, 2015, nominated: “Best documentary”, “Best Foreign Film”, “Social Relevant Film”
– Official Selection Independent Film Festival 2015


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