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Karl Marx City

Petra Epperlein, Michael Tucker, 89 min

Germany, 2016

Karl Marx City

A personal and national trauma from the GDR days in a detective story about lies and surveillance. Was Petra Epperlein's father a Stasi informant?

25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the GDR, the film director Petra Epperlein returns to her childhood town of Chemnitz in Eastern Germany – better known as Karl Marx Stadt. Epperlein travelled on her own to the United States, while her parents stayed behind in a reunited nation full of dark secrets. Armed with a microphone and a camera, Petra tries to uncover the truth behind her father's suicide in 1999 and the rumours about his past as a Stasi informer. Was her father really one of the many East Germans associated with the secret police? And was her childhood really like she remembers it – or was it all pure fear and facade? A traumatic question, which Petra stubbornly and thoroughly tries to answer through conversations with historians, family members, and through digging into the dizzyingly labyrinthine archives of the Stasi, which most of all look like the Internet in paper form and which give rise to frightening associations with today's state-authorised surveillance on the internet. A cinematic achievement of a rarely seen kind, captured in photographic black and white, which builds bridges between the present and the past.


Date Time Location

Fri. 17/03


Gloria Biograf

Tue. 21/03


Q&A with director and debate

Wed. 22/03


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Mon. 27/03



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Director: Petra Epperlein, Michael Tucker
Original Title: Karl Marx City
Country: Germany
Year: 2016
Running time: 89 min