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Comrade, where are you today?



Germany, 2016, HD - Color - 112 minutes

DIRECTED BY:
Kirsi Marie Liimatainen

SCREENPLAY:
Kirsi Marie Liimatainen

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Yoliswa von Dallwitz, Till Vielrose

EDITING:
Jeannette-Maria Giza, Stefanie Kosik

MUSIC:
Anssi Växby & Lasse Sakara

SOUND:
Jacob Ilgner, Veit Norek, Marco Weichler

PRODUCER:
Kirsi Marie Liimatainen

PRODUCTION:
Ilanga Films, Kirsi Marie Liimatainen

STORY DESCRIPTION:

In 1988 the 20-year-old Finn Kirsi Marie Liimatainen heads for the GDR to study MarxismLeninism at the international youth academy “Wilhelm Pieck”. The students come from around the world - both sides of the Iron Curtain. They are functionaries, freedom fighters and left activists. Young people united in the hope for a better world. The international solidarity at the academy is convincing, but the real socialism is marked by contradictions - the gap between theory and reality is obvious. In the summer of 1989 the course ends - a few months later the Berlin Wall falls. 24 years later, Kirsi Marie Liimatainen sets out on a cinematic journey to Germany, Bolivia, Chile, Lebanon and South Africa to meet up once more with her former fellow students. What remains of their dream of revolution?
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Kirsi Marie Liimatainen was born in Finland in 1968. She has MA degree in Theatre and Drama studies of the University of Tampere. From 1991-1999, she worked as an actress in films, television and in theatres in Finland. From 1999-2006, she studied directing at the Potsdam-Babelsberg Academy of Film and Television in Germany. Kirsi Marie Liimatainen was awarded scholarships by the DEFA-Foundation, the Nipkow-Program, the Academy of Arts in Berlin, the Finnish Cultural Foundation and took part in the Residence program of the Cannes film festival, CÉCI, Binger Film Lab, Torino Film Lab and the Residence program Saari of the KONE-Foundation.Filmography“MODLICHA“ (doc) 30 min / 2001 “FRÜHLINGSHYMNE” (fiction) 45 min / 2002 “SONJA” (fiction) 73 min / 2006 “FESTUNG”/”FORTRESS” (fiction) 87 min / 2011 „ALAVILLA MAILLA HALLANVAARA“ (Mini TV-Series) (fiction) 3 x 52 min / 2011 “COMRADE, WHERE ARE YOU TODAY?” (doc) 112 min / 2016

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