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In a land that no longer exists

OT: In einem Land, das es nicht mehr gibt

Aelrun Goette // Germany, 2022
Fiction Feature // FF2022
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Shortly before the fall of the GDR, an upcoming model conquers the country’s fashion world. The film is based on the director’s own experiences and brings the world of the legendary magazine Sibylle back to life. East Berlin, 1989: Suzie (Marlene Burow) is expelled from school and has to prove herself working in a cable factory. One day, she is snapped by chance on the way to work. The picture ends up on the cover of Sibylle and overnight Suzie plunges into the fashion world in the GDR. Here, she meets Rudi (Sabin Tambrea), who designs his own collections in the underground scene – and Coyote (David Schütter), a photographer, whose pictures enchant everyone who sees them but still don’t get printed. Together, they experience the last, intense summer of the GDR.


AELRUN GOETTE (*1966 in East Berlin) worked a model shortly before the fall of the Wall and later studied film direction. Her documentary Die Kinder sind tot (The Children are Dead) won the German Film Prize in 2004. Her TV films Unter dem Eis (Under the Ice) (2005) and Keine Angst (No Fear) (2009) were both awarded a Grimme Prize.



In einem Land, das es nicht mehr gibt

Fiction Feature


Große Freiheit//FF2022



100 min

OV with English subtitles

Aelrun Goette

Aelrun Goette

Marlene Burow, Sabin Tambrea, David Schütter, Claudia Michelsen, Peter Schneider, Bernd Hölscher, Sven Eric Bechtolf, Jördis Triebel, Zoé Höche

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