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by Matthias Ehlert, Lutz Pehnert, Adama Ulrich


The end of the GDR gave rise to new artistic freedoms in reunited Berlin. Shortly after the fall of the Wall, rebel director Frank Castorf was appointed artistic director of the Volksbühne. His way of working altered the public’s perception of this theatre. The post-reunification audiences in East Berlin were glad to be challenged by a series of radical productions and theatre marathons, and the Volksbühne became a legend. The chronological history of the Castorf era between 1992 and 2017 is told here in excerpts from the productions and in a series of conversations conducted on the long sofa in the theatre’s foyer. This is where we hear from actors including Henry Hübchen, Sophie Rois, Martin Wuttke and Herbert Fritsch, who moved from acting to directing, as well as Castorf himself. The people behind the scenes, who usually remain invisible to the audience, also have their say and are placed on an equal footing with prominent actors and directors.

international title: Partisan
original title: Partisan: Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz 1992-2017
country: Germany
year: 2018
genre: documentary
directed by: Matthias Ehlert, Lutz Pehnert, Adama Ulrich
film run: 130'
screenplay: Lutz Pehnert
cinematography by: Wolfgang Gaube
film editing: Thomas Kleinwächter
music: Moritz Denis
producer: Susann Schimk
production: solo:film, Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg - RBB

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