Fatherland

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Time Out says

An intriguing departure for Loach, scripted by Trevor Griffiths, this concerns the voluntary exile of an East German Liedermacher (a kind of radical singer/songwriter) to West Berlin, where his worst fears are confirmed: he has swopped intimidation and censorship for the kind of 'repressive tolerance' that only American record executives and progressive GDR capitalists can convey in all its seductive horror. So far, so good. Superbly composed and cleverly paced, this story of one man's unillusioned exile gives way to a second half in which a thriller-style subplot concerning the singer's vanished father (tracked down to England) takes over, but fails to match the tension and interest of what has gone before. A flawed but always stimulating and intelligent film, with fine performances from Pannach (debuting as the exile) and Steiner (as his father).
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Release details

UK release:

1986

Duration:

107 mins

Cast and crew

Cast:

Robert Dietl, Sigfrit Steiner, Cristine Rose, Fabienne Babe, Gerulf Pannach, Heike Schrotter

Music:

Gerulf Pannach, Christian Kunert

Production Designer:

Martin Johnson

Editor:

Jonathan Morris

Cinematography:

Chris Menges

Screenwriter:

Trevor Griffiths

Producer:

Raymond Day

Director:

Ken Loach

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