The first time that Hedi and Karl-Heinz meet there’s magic in the air, but they are initially forced to become pen pals. Separated by the Iron Curtain, they have to explore their feelings by post. Disenchanted with capitalism Karl-Heinz decides to move to the GDR. But life under socialism comes at a price: the Stasi informs him that he will only be granted a residence permit if he spies for them. Disillusioned, the couple is forced to rethink. They come up with a plan for Hedi to leave and head to West Germany via Romania. But then everything that can go wrong does go wrong. This story gives us an unusual take on German history in which, for the film’s protagonists, both states – the GDR and the GFR – are simultaneously a reason to escape and the place they yearn to be.
Florian Paul, Nils Wrasse, Giuliano Loli
Jannik Flieger, Cornelia Böhm
History, In other languages
Berlin International Film Festival (“Perspektive Deutsches Kino 2022” programme)