Bettina

a film by Lutz Pehnert. In German with English subtitles

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A bio­gra­phy set in East and West Berlin about the life of a defi­ant woman who unites the poli­ti­cal and the pri­va­te in the poe­try of her song lyrics. Bettina Wegner is often redu­ced to just one of her many songs, “Sind so klei­ne Hände” (“Children”) and her col­la­bo­ra­ti­on with Joan Baez. But here in Lutz Pehnert’s por­trait she is given the space she deser­ves. Taken to court at the age of 21 for pro­tes­ting against the vio­lent end of the Prague Spring, she soon beca­me part of the lively music and lite­ra­tu­re sce­ne around Thomas Brasch and her hus­band Klaus Schlesinger, all the while pur­suing her cri­ti­cal stance as an indi­vi­du­al and as an artist. In her hus­ky voice, she descri­bes – even humo­rous­ly – her inner tur­moil and her deter­mi­na­ti­on not to give up her home in the GDR, even when she was no lon­ger wan­ted the­re. Written in 1980, her song “Über Gebote” (“About Rules”) ser­ves Pehnert as a nar­ra­ti­ve thread while he uses archi­ve mate­ri­al from East and West Germany, audio record­ings from her tri­al as well as Wegner’s own words and music to gui­de us through her life. In this way, the film gives a new audi­ence the chan­ce to dis­co­ver sin­ger-song­wri­ter Bettina Wegner – who real­ly only ever wan­ted to sing love songs.

Credits:

DE 2022, 107 Min., deut­sche Fassung mit eng­li­schen Untertiteln
Regie, Buch: Lutz Pehnert
Kamera: Anne Misselwitz
Montage: Thomas Kleinwächter

Trailer:
Bettina Trailer Deutsch | German [HD]
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