Helke Misselwitz: After Winter Comes Spring (Winter adé)

After Winter Comes Spring (Winter adé), Helke Misselwitz, 116’, FRG / ZDF 28.11.1989, OV with English subtitles

In early 1989, just a few months before the fall of the Berlin Wall, a film appeared almost simultaneously in the Berlinale Forum and as an application to ZDF for approval of treatment . A year earlier, director Helke Misselwitz had shot her first feature-length film at the DEFA Studio for Documentary Film. “Filmmaking is like an expedition for me,” she says, “and on these journeys I search for everything that is human.” On a train journey through the four seasons, right across the Federal Republic from Zwickau to Rügen, she creates a cinematic homage to women and girls in the GDR. “How do they perceive themselves and their existence?” reads the distribution text, “the women in the fish factory, the headmistress with the very many immigrant children, the 73-year-old dance teacher? Questions, images of life before an unerring camera.”

Helke Misselwitz (1947*) is a German filmmaker and one of the most important filmmakers of the last DEFA (GDR state-owned film studio) generation before reunification, after which she successfully continued her career as a director of documentary and feature films. Her films were shown and awarded in Leipzig, Berlin and San Sebastian, and she received the Honorary Award of the Association of German Film Critics. Shortly after the fall of the Berlin wall, Das kleine Fernsehspiel broadcast her documentary After Winter Comes Spring (1989), which also featured in the Berlinale Forum.