Abschied. Brechts letzter Sommer

Abschied. Brechts letzter Sommer

Deutschland 1999/2000, Spielfilm

Inhalt

The Farewell

It is one of the last days of an exceptionally hot summer. Bertolt Brecht is about to leave his lakeside house among the tall birches in Brandenburg to return to Berlin for the upcoming theater season.

Most of the women of his life are there: his wife Helene Weigel, daughter Barbara, the old lover Ruth Berlau, his latest flame, the nubile actress Kaethe Reichel and sensous Isot Kilian, whose affections and body he shares with the rebel political activist Wolfgang Harich. They swim, write, eat, drink and philosophize about art, politics, the basic tents of life - and throughout, the Stasi is there - lurking on the sidelines - waiting.

The serenity of the country on this summer day of 1956 stands in marked contrast to the deep, volatile emotions of the characters. Brecht is at the center of the storm in the heaven and hell of human relationships: love and hatred, jealousy and egomania, betrayal and dashed hopes. He struggles to make plans for a future that fate was soon to end.

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Credits

Director:Jan Schütte
Screenplay:Klaus Pohl
Director of photography:Edward Kłosinski
Editing:Renate Merck
Music:John Cale
  
Cast: 
Josef BierbichlerBertolt Brecht
Monica BleibtreuHelene Weigel
Elfriede IrrallElisabeth Hauptmann
Margit RogallRuth Berlau
Jeanette HainKäthe Reichel
Wolfgang HarichFintzi
Rena ZednikowaIsot Kilian
Birgit MinichmayrBarbara Brecht
Tilman GüntherStasi-Offizier
Paul HerwigManfred Weckwerth
Claudius FreyerPeter Palitzsch
Emanuel SpitzyPriester
Ulrich MatthesWolfgang Harig
  
Production company:Novoskop Film Jan Schütte (Berlin)
Producer:Gesche Carstens, Henryk Romanowski, Jan Schütte

All Credits

Director:Jan Schütte
Screenplay:Klaus Pohl
Director of photography:Edward Kłosinski
Assistant camera:Tadeusz Obuchowicz, Sebastian Obuchowicz
Steadycam operator:Tamas R. Nyerges
Lighting design:Sławomir Grinka
Production design:Stanisław Górecki, Jerzy Radziwon
Set design:Rafal Waltenberger
Prop master:Christoph Walcker
Make-up artist:Marga B. Bergschmidt
Costume design:Katharina Wöppermann
Editing:Renate Merck
Sound design:Kirsten Kunhardt
Sound:Eckhard W. Kuchenbecker
Sound assistant:Bernd von Bassewitz, Nikolaus Spitzy
Audio mixing:Manfred Arbter
Casting:Risa Kes
Music:John Cale
Music performer:John Cale
  
Cast: 
Josef BierbichlerBertolt Brecht
Monica BleibtreuHelene Weigel
Elfriede IrrallElisabeth Hauptmann
Margit RogallRuth Berlau
Jeanette HainKäthe Reichel
Wolfgang HarichFintzi
Rena ZednikowaIsot Kilian
Birgit MinichmayrBarbara Brecht
Tilman GüntherStasi-Offizier
Paul HerwigManfred Weckwerth
Claudius FreyerPeter Palitzsch
Emanuel SpitzyPriester
Ulrich MatthesWolfgang Harig
  
Production company:Novoskop Film Jan Schütte (Berlin)
in co-production with:Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) (Köln), Ostdeutscher Rundfunk Brandenburg (ORB) (Potsdam-Babelsberg), Südwestrundfunk (SWR) (Stuttgart), Arte Deutschland TV GmbH (Baden-Baden), Studio Babelsberg Independents (Potsdam-Babelsberg)
in association with:Filmcontract Ltd. (Warschau), Arthur Hofer Filmproduktion, Yleisradio TV 1 (Helsinki)
Producer:Gesche Carstens, Henryk Romanowski, Jan Schütte
Co-Producer:Jan Schütte, Arthur Hofer
Producer (TV):Joachim von Mengershausen, Cooky Ziesche, Susan Schulte, Andreas Schreitmüller
Unit production manager:Katarzyna Janus
Location manager:Agata Deka, Agnieszka Chrusziel
Production manager:Katharina Beck
Shoot:01.08.1999: Szczecinek (Klein-Stettin. Polen)
Original distributor:Pegasos Filmverleih und Produktions GmbH (Köln + Frankfurt am Main)
Subsequent distributor:StudioCanal GmbH (Berlin)
Funding:FilmFörderung Hamburg GmbH (Hamburg), Filmboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH (Potsdam), European Script Fund der EU, Kulturstiftung der Deutschen Bank
Length:2544 m, 93 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Eastmancolor, Dolby SR
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 25.08.2000, 85654, ab 6 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (FR): 14.05.2000, Cannes, IFF - Un certain regard;
Kinostart (DE): 14.09.2000;
TV-Erstsendung: 12.10.2001, Arte

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Originaltitel (DE) Abschied. Brechts letzter Sommer
weitere Schreibweise Abschied - Brechts letzter Sommer

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Length:2544 m, 93 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Eastmancolor, Dolby SR
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 25.08.2000, 85654, ab 6 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (FR): 14.05.2000, Cannes, IFF - Un certain regard;
Kinostart (DE): 14.09.2000;
TV-Erstsendung: 12.10.2001, Arte
 

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