The first time that Hedi and Karl-Heinz meet there’s magic in the air, but they are initially forced to become pen pals. And so, separated by the Iron Curtain, the West German left-wing activist and the Thuringian medical student have to explore their feelings by post. Meetings in Prague and Bulgaria soon follow, as does their burning desire to live together. Disenchanted with capitalism and the USA’s claim to power anyway, Karl-Heinz decides to move to the GDR. But life under socialism comes at a price: the Stasi inform him that he will only be granted a residence permit if he spies for them. The Stasi’s initial wooing of Karl-Heinz soon turns into harassment which also affects Hedi. Disillusioned, the couple is forced to rethink. They come up with a bold plan for Hedi to leave the country and head to West Germany via Romania using a false passport. But then, everything that can go wrong, does go wrong.
This playfully told story of a great love and a madcap escape gives us an unusual take on German-German history in which, for the film’s protagonists, both states – the GDR and the Federal Republic – are simultaneously a reason to escape and the place they yearn to be.
Datum So Feb 13 18:45 International
Filmschnitt Sophie Oldenbourg
Regie Vera Brückner
Trailer Sorry Genosse