Gundermann Revier

Coal-Country Song. Gundermann

Gerhard Gundermann (1955–1998) was a singer-songwriter, poet and excavator operator in the Lusatian brown coal mines. Archive material and Gundermann’s songs enter into a dialogue with observations and conversations in his “district”, accompanied by the voice-over of the director, who is deeply rooted in the area. Home and its destruction through mining, utopian ideas and the question of individual responsibility run through the songs, as do their consequences for employment and the environment at the end of the industrial age. And they are more topical than ever today. (Frederik Lang, DOK Leipzig)

Director's Biography
Born in Lusatia, GDR, in 1965, Grit Lemke worked in a theater and cultural event venue, where she collaborated with Gerhard Gundermann. She studied cultural anthropology, literature and ethnology, and finished her PhD in European ethnology at Humboldt University Berlin in 1999. She worked for several film festivals as a programmer and is a film critic and script consultant. "Coal Country Song. Gundermann" is her feature debut.
Films - Selection
Gundermann Revier (Coal Country Song. Gundermann, 2019, doc)
Crossing Europe Extracts 2020
Grit Lemke
Germany 2019
color & black and white
98 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Grit Lemke
Cinematography Uwe Mann
Editing Sven Kulik
Sound/Sounddesign Oliver Prasnikar
Music Gerhard Gundermann
With WITH Gerhard Gundermann, Conny Gundermann, Ritchie Barton, Uwe Hassbecker
Producer(s) Gregor Streiber
inselfilm produktion
World Sales
inselfilm produktion
Austrian Premiere
World Premiere
DOK Leipzig 2019