26.9. - 5.10.2019

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.

Orig. Title: Rangierer
Filmtype: Documentary Feature
Original language:
Section: GDR Deluxe
Director: Jürgen Böttcher
Screenplay: Jürgen Böttcher, Ulrich Eifler
Sprachfassung: OV
Camera: Thomas Plenert
Set Designer:
Cutter: Gudrun Plenert
Format: 35 mm
German Distributor: Deutsche Kinemathek
World Sales: Deutsche Kinemathek, DEFA Film Library (USA)
Production: DEFA-Studio für Dokumentarfilme
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