Cinema Meets Culinary Art


a film by Andreas Dresen

with Alexander Scheer, Anna Unterberger, Axel Prahl, Thorsten Merten, Bjarne Mädel, Milan Peschel, Kathrin Angerer, Peter Sodann and others

introduced by Dieter Kosslick

A brief, but important scene in Andreas Dresen’s 2018 film Gundermann shows a cultural event that took place in a historic park in eastern Germany: on 24 July 1994, Bob Dylan performed in the grounds of the Friedenstein Palace in Gotha. One of his support bands was Gerhard Gundermann’s. Andreas Dresen has dedicated an unusual film to Gundermann. It may not have been his intention – but this has turned out to be one of the most original and important contributions to the anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall.

Gundermann was an enigmatic character, always moving between two worlds – he was a communist yet also a nonconformist, just about managed to join the SED only to be excluded from the party again almost as soon as he had been accepted; he was a singer, a band leader, a poet and an excavator operator at a lignite mine, a rebel who also secretly worked for the Stasi. How could he be all of these things at the same time? How did he make all of this fit into one life?

With flashbacks and cross-cuts, Gundermann the film jumps between the years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall and episodes from the GDR era in order to highlight the various facets of the life of Gerhard ‘Gundi’ Gundermann (1955-1998) and to also ask some pertinent questions. The film shows, observes, reconstructs, tells a story; however, it does not judge. In between, it revels in visual reminiscences – of trips on motorways, horribly beautiful impressions of a landscape scarred by lignite mining or concerts given by Gundermann’s band ‘Brigade Feuerstein’.

Cinema Meets Culinary Art


  • Saturday, 15.06.2019
  • 22:00
  • Castle park Open air

127 min, PG rating suitable for children aged 0 and over
Germany, 2018

concert and film
€ 34 / concessions and NHB-Card € 26

Admission to film only
€ 5,- (no concessions)

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