Documentary films



A film by Sandra Kaudelka

In co-production with German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb).
In co-production with ZDF - Das Kleine Fernsehspiel.
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.

German distributor: Farbfilm Verleih
In German theaters from October 15, 2013
World Sales: Illumina Films, The Netherlands

German DVD release: April 25, 2014

The GDR may have been a small country, but it was a highly successful sporting nation. Director Sandra Kaudelka was herself one of its top athletes and at an early age became part of the GDR’s intensive sports program. Although wholly uninterested in sports, she was, much to her chagrin, discovered to be a talented diver. Her memories of the hated, brutal training sessions she underwent on a daily baisis still haunt her to this day. In this film she sets off in search of her athletic colleagues – all proverbial ‚great sporting heroes’ – and meets four people with very differnet biographies: Brita Baldus, three time European diving champion; Ines Geipel, who holds a world record in the relay; Olympic champion shot putter Udo Beyer; and Marita Koch, world record holder in the 400-meter-sprint.
The film’s nuanced juxtaposition of biographies and points of view provides detailed personal insights into both the GDR’s ‚sports miracle’ and German history – before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Written & directed by: Sandra Kaudelka
Producer: Martin Heisler
Commissioning Editor: Christian Cloos
Camera: Jenny Lou Ziegel I Hendrik Reichel
Editors:  Sandra Kaudelka I Vessela Martschewski
Sound: Felix Heibges
Sound Design: Daniel Engel
Mixing: Alexandre Leser
Music: Cassis Birgit Staudt

Berlinale 2013 I Perspektive Deutsches Kino, Germany

• 42. Int. Student Film Festival "Sehsüchte" Potsdam, Germany
• Filmkunstfest M-V, Schwerin, Germany
• DOK.fest Munich, Germany
• Filmfestival Sehenswert Budapest, Hungary
• ✩ nominated for the Prix Europa 2013
• Biberacher Filmfestspiele, Germany
• Kinofest Lünen, Germany
• Festival of German Films Moskow & Novosibirsk, Russia
• Input Festival Hilversum, The Netherlands