Zustand und Gelände

A film by Ute Adamczewski. In German with English subtitles

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The title alre­a­dy indi­ca­tes that this is about two levels. History and the pre­sent, archi­ve and pre­sence – the­se are the terms Ute Adamczewski uses to descri­be the ten­si­on bet­ween sta­te and ter­rain. The series of dicho­to­mies could be con­tin­ued with “image and sound”. What we see in the­se two hours are towns, places and land­scapes in Saxony. They all have a con­nec­tion to events imme­dia­te­ly after the Nazis sei­zed power in 1933. At that time the hunt for poli­ti­cal oppon­ents began which affec­ted so many that num­e­rous, part­ly impro­vi­sed pri­sons and camps were built in the area.

An off-screen woman’s voice calm­ly reads from docu­ments of the peri­od, sup­ple­men­ted and expan­ded by memoirs of tho­se affec­ted from the post-war peri­od. Historical-poli­ti­cal aspects are added suc­ces­si­ve­ly. In the GDR, only tho­se who had fought against fascism were regard­ed as “vic­tims of fascism”. Jews were no vic­tims in that sen­se. This finds a remar­kab­le par­al­lel in the fact that even the Nazis in their attempts to bring order to the per­se­cu­ti­ons of 1933 (still) excluded the Jews: “Foreign des­cent is no reason for pro­tec­ti­ve detenti­on.” An impres­si­ve film about the pre­sence of the past, both in form and content.

Bert Rebhandl


DE 2019, 118 Min., OmeU, 
Regie, Buch, Schnitt: Ute Adamczewski
Kamera: Stefan Neuberger


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Zustand und Gelände (offi­zi­el­ler Trailer) from Grandfilm on Vimeo.

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