“Familie Brasch. Eine Deutsche Geschichte” (2018) – english

Thomas Brasch

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In the years after 1945, the Braschs are a perfect family of functionaries living the German dream of socialism in the Soviet-occupied zone: Horst Brasch, a passionate anti-fascist and Jewish Catholic, helps to build the GDR, although his wife Gerda never feels at home in it. His son Thomas becomes a literary star; like his father, he dreams of a fairer world, but like his younger brothers Peter and Klaus, he is critical of real existing socialism.
In 1968, the conflict between the generations erupts in the GDR as everywhere else. Father Brasch turns his rebellious son Thomas over to the authorities – and thus also ushers in the end of his own career. After 1989, socialist dreams of any kind are no longer worth anything.
In her new film, director Annekatrin Hendel („Vaterlandsverräter“, „Anderson“) portrays three generations of Brasch, who play out the tensions of history within their own families – between East and West, art and politics, communism and religion, love and betrayal, utopia and self-destruction. She meets the clan’s sole survivor, Marion Brasch, as well as numerous confidants, lovers and friends, among them the actress Katharina Thalbach, the poet Christoph Hein, the songwriter Bettina Wegner and the artist Florian Havemann.
FAMILY BRASCH is a panorama of time that brings history to life as family history, an epic about the decline of the „Red Nobility“, a „Buddenbrooks“ in GDR edition.

Director:

Annekatrin Hedel

With:

Marion Brasch, Katharina Thalbach, Christoph Hein, Florian Havemann, Bettina Wegner, Ursula Andermatt, Joachim von Vietinghoff, Alexander Polzin, Petra Schramm, Lena Brasch, Jochen Fleischacker, Benjamin Schlesinger u.a.

Running time

103 min/

Age

FSK 6

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