FIlm screening of 'Coming Out'
The first and only DEFA feature film about homosexuality, Coming Out was shot on location in East Berlin (Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin-Mitte, and Friedrichshain) and premiered on November 9, 1989 ... the evening the Berlin Wall came down.
Coming Out. 1989. GDR. Directed by Heiner Carow. With Matthias Freihof, Dirk Kummer, and Dagmar Manzel. 108 min. In German with English subtitles:
Although he has a girlfriend who is expecting his child, Philipp, a young teacher in Berlin, meets Matthias and falls in love. After years of repressing his homosexuality, he must finally accept himself for who he truly is. Philipp and Tanja teach at the same school. Both enjoy their work immensely, win their pupils' trust, and talk about pressing problems. Tanja, especially, sees the love of her life in this friend. Philipp is attracted to her as well, but when a friend from his youth reminds him of an earlier erotic bond, he realizes that he is gay. It is a fact he has been repressing for years. Philipp falls passionately in love with Matthias. Matthias puts all his trust in Philipp and the relationship seems to have potential...
This screening of Coming Out is part of the 20@20 DEFA Film Library Anniversary Tour. Special thanks to Hiltrud Schulz, DEFA Film Library.
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