1989 / 1989

Anders Østergaard, Erzsébet Rácz (DK, 2014)

1989 (Anders Østergaard, Erzsébet Rácz, DK, 2014)
Framegrab. Foto: Simon Plum

"1989" is a high-politics drama about the collapse of the Iron Curtain. In 1988, to save Hungary's appalling economy, the young technocrat Miklós Neméth becomes the country's new prime minister. He decides to remove the expensive border control apparatus from the state budget. A young couple from East Germany is encouraged by the rumours that the Hungarian border to Austria will be opened and decide to try their luck. But Nemeth's decision has set him up against formidable adversaries and communist hardliners. The young couple is caught in the political power game, and the young man is shot dead at the border. This tragic event paradoxically accelerates Nemeth's final decision to open the borders, and soon after the Berlin wall falls. Anders Østergaard ("Tintin and Me" and Oscar nominee "Burma VJ") and co-director Erzsébet Rácz recreate the events of 1989 using archival footage and placing them in new contexts.

CategoryDK/Documentary

Basic information

Danish title1989
Director of PhotographySimon Plum
Danish theatrical release05.11.2014
Danish festival release2014-11-05
Production countryDenmark
Duration90 min.
Production companyMagic Hour Films
With support fromDet Danske Filminstitut
Domestic distribution DOXBIO
International saleFirst Hand Films World Sales / Neunbrunnenstrasse 50 / 8050 Zürich / Switzerland / t +41 44 312 2060 / f +41 44 312 2080 / info@firsthandfilms.com / www.firsthandfilms.com
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Additional information

Danish ratingAllowed for children over the age of 11

Full credits

Direction
Erzsébet RáczAssistant director
Erzsébet RáczDirection
Script
Anders ØstergaardScreenplay
Erzsébet RáczScreenplay
Production
Stefan FrostCo-producer
Henrik UnderbjergCo-producer
Christian BeetzCo-producer
Kristian MosvoldCo-producer
Eszter GyárfásCo-producer
Cinematography
Simon PlumDirector of Photography
Editing
Music
Sound
Rikard StrømsoddSound design
Jørgen BergsundSound design
Tormod RingnesSound design
Appearance
Miklós NémethAppearance
Gundula SchafitelAppearance
Uta KochAppearance
Mathias RösslerAppearance
Reinhard SchmiedAppearance
Sándor OkányiAppearance
Erika OkányiAppearance
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Awards and nominations

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Award Year Festivals
Best Documentary 2014 Reus, Memorimage 2014
Audience Award 2014 Reus, Memorimage 2014

Festival screenings

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Festivals Festival date
Guth Gafa 02-10-2015
Reykjavik Film Festival 24-09-2015
Warszawa, Against Gravity 09-05-2015
Tel Aviv Docaviv Int. Documentary Film Festival 06-05-2015
Sao Paulo It's All True Int. Documentary FF 09-04-2015
Hong Kong International Film Festival 23-03-2015
Paris, Festival L'Europe autour de l'Europe 16-03-2015
Berlin, Cinema for Peace 01-02-2015
Göteborg International Film Festival 23-01-2015
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 14-11-2014
Reus, Memorimage 08-11-2014
CPH:DOX 06-11-2014
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Registration of festival participation and awards

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1989. Portrait of Director Anders Østergaard. Photo by Susanne Mertz Photo: Portrait of Director Anders Østergaard. Photo by Susanne Mertz
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1989. Portrait of Director Erzsebet Racz. Photo by Zita Kovac Photo: Portrait of Director Erzsebet Racz. Photo by Zita Kovac
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1989. Portrait of Producer Lise Lense-Møller. Photo by Anders Espersen Photo: Portrait of Producer Lise Lense-Møller. Photo by Anders Espersen
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1989. Primary Still. Miklós Németh in Parliament, Budapest, 1988. Photo by Szalay Zoltán Photo: 1989. Primary Still. Miklós Németh in Parliament, Budapest, 1988. Photo by Szalay Zoltán
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1989. Still 2. Miklós Németh, composite. Photo by Simon Plum Photo: 1989. Still 2. Miklós Németh, composite. Photo by Simon Plum
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1989. Still 3. Gundula Schafitel, composite. Photo by Simon Plum Photo: 1989. Still 3. Gundula Schafitel, composite. Photo by Simon Plum
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1989. Still 4. Crowd on the Berlin Wall. Photo from German Archive Photo: 1989. Still 4. Crowd on the Berlin Wall. Photo from German Archive
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1989. Still 5. Watch tower, Austro-Hungarian border. Photo from MTVA Photo: 1989. Still 5. Watch tower, Austro-Hungarian border. Photo from MTVA
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DFI News and articles

Doc Season (28. september 2015)
1989 wins Prix Italia (25. september 2015)
"1989" opens CPH:DOX 2014 (10. oktober 2014)

Reviews and articles

Varia (Berlingske Tidende - Lindberg, 26 September 2015)

Anmeldelse (Weekendavisen - Green Jensen, 7 November 2014)

Artikel (BT - Høy, 7 November 2014)

Anmeldelse (Berlingske Tidende - Lindberg, 5 November 2014)

Anmeldelse (Ekstra Bladet - Queitsch, 5 November 2014)

Anmeldelse (Information - Ellegaard, 5 November 2014)

Anmeldelse (Kristeligt Dagblad - Hermansen, 5 November 2014)

Anmeldelse (Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten - Frank Rasmussen, 5 November 2014)

Anmeldelse (Politiken - Hygum Sørensen, 5 November 2014)

Interview (Politiken - Hybel, 2 November 2014)

Artikel (Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten, 12 October 2014)

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