30.09. - 09.10.2021

Shunter German Democratic Republic 1984 | 22 min | OV | Black & White | FF 2014

Jürgen Böttcher

Jürgen Böttcher (*1931) was one of the great artists of the GDR, both as documentary film-maker and as a painter working under the pseudonym Strawalde. In 2006, he was awarded the Berlinale Camera.

rated for 0 + years
Documentary Insights into the working life of experienced shunters working at the Dresden-Friedrichstadt goods yard. In all weathers, day and night, they couple and uncouple the wagons. The air is full of sound: hammering, steps crunching on the gravel, whistles and shunting noises. "Impressive pictures of the dignity of the worker"

Shunter runs with Die Küche as double feature.

Original title: Rangierer
Film type: Documentary Feature
Original language:
Section: GDR Deluxe
Language and subtitles: OV
Director: Jürgen Böttcher
Screenplay: Jürgen Böttcher, Ulrich Eifler
Director of Photography: Thomas Plenert
Production Design:
Editor: Gudrun Plenert
Sound: 0
Costume design:
Commissioning Editor:
Format: 35 mm
German Distributor: Deutsche Kinemathek
World Sales: Deutsche Kinemathek, DEFA Film Library (USA)
Production: DEFA-Studio für Dokumentarfilme
Contact: Deutsche Kinemathek:, DEFA Stiftung:


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