half a year, Oct 2000 - April 2001
responsibility: sound recording/video
affiliates: Alexander Beneke,
Thomas Gaevert, Martin Lingnau
30 min, filmed on DVCam, edited on Avid Express/Composer
At the end of 1999, during the internship at the filmproduction "Polizeiruf
110 - Böse Wetter", we met Thomas.
As an author and producer of radio plays, he suggested to collaborate
on a project that would combine our different abilities.
_SNIP_ one year later ... Thomas came up up with a few ideas. One
of them took advantage of a radio feature just produced by him. It was
about the writer and former political prisoner of the
GDR regime, Elisabeth Graul, who had written a book titled "Die
Farce - Geschichte einer Verhaftung" about her work in the
resistance, the incarceration in 1951, a lawsuit that was a complete
mockery and the years of arrest thereafter. The decision was made.
The film begins on a train going from Magdeburg to Berlin, where
she was awaiting the trial in solitary confinement interrupted only
by questionings lasting whole nights. She is sitting in a cabin
looking through the window and remembers the constant deprivation
of sleep to force her cooperation and misinform against fellow members of the resistance. During the ongoing journey, readjusted scenes, contemporary
witnesses and documents are completing the story, until she finally
arrives and concludes that until today, 50 years later, no-one
has confessed or been convicted for the crimes committed. Who
should she forgive if nobody is responsible?