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World premiere of ¨Brecht¨ by Heinrich Breloer at 2019 Berlinale

  • Filmstiftung-backed docu-fiction to be shown in Berlinale Special sidebar
  • Burghart Klaußner, Tom Schilling and Adele Neuhauser in the leads
  • 69th Berlinale from 7-17 February, 2019

The first titles in the programme for the 69th Berlin International Film Festival have now been unveiled. The Filmstiftung-backed ¨Brecht¨ by Heinrich Breloer (direction and screenplay) will have its world  premiere in the Berlinale Special sidebar which is part of the Official Programme and screens recent works by contemporary filmmakers as well as documentaries and works with extraordinary formats. The complete programme will be announced on 29 January.

¨Heinrich Breloer will see his latest work ‘Brecht’ celebrating its world premiere in front of an international audience at one of the world’s most important film festivals. Congratulations to Heinrich Breloer, the producers, the broadcasters and the whole team,¨ says Petra Müller, CEO of the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW. ¨We are very pleased since the invitation to screen at the Berlinale once again serve to underscore the importance of this extraordinary filmmaker with whom the Filmstiftung has a long-standing working relationship.¨

About the film

Bertolt Brecht, a theatre revolutionary, poet of the state, outsider, looks back on his life in 1956, the year of his death, in East Berlin: adolescent provocations in Augsburg during the First World War, early poetic and amorous flights of fancy in the Munich and Berlin of the 1920s, his escape from Hitler, returning from the US exile, followed by his later years caught in a dilemma between timeless classic and a failing GDR class fighter, an indefatigable free spirit and compromised artist.

¨Brecht¨ by the writer-director Heinrich Breloer is a production of Bavaria Fiction in co-production with Satel Film, Bavaria Filmproduktion Cologne, MIA Film (CZ) in association with the broadcasters WDR, BR, SWR, NDR and Arte. The cast includes Burghart Klaußner, Tom Schilling, Adele Neuhauser and Lou Strenger. The Filmstiftung backed the project with 1.1 million Euros. The two-part film is scheduled to be aired by ARD Das Erste in 2019.

The Berlin International Film Festival will be held from 7 – 17 February, 2019 and is one of the leading international film festivals.