Film evening at Das Zentrum: Die Russen kommen (The Russians are coming)

05 Nov 2021


Our postponed film screening, 'The Russians are coming' has been rescheduled to Friday, 5 November 2021.

For those of you who booked earlier, you'll have to re-book via Eventbrite.

Screening is at 7pm at Das Zentrum, Level 1, Griffin Centre, 20 Genge St, Canberra City.  There is a strict limit of 12 due to Covid rules.

About this event:

"Die Russen kommen (The Russians Are Coming). 1968/87. East Germany. Directed by Heiner Carow. Screenplay by Carow, Claus Küchenmeister. With Gert Krause-Melzer, Victor Perevalov, Norbert Christian, Dorothea Meissner.

91 min. In German, Russian; English subtitles.

Banned in East Germany for its “psychologizing of fascism,” Heiner Carow’s The Russians Are Coming was thought for decades to have been destroyed until his wife, the editor Evelyn Carow, found and reconstructed a work print of the original cut in 1987... As an anguished meditation on wartime lies, guilt, and madness, The Russians Are Coming is every bit the equal of Konrad Wolf’s I Am Nineteen and Andrei Tarkovsky’s Ivan’s Childhood. The film takes place in March 1945. Sixteen-year-old Günter Walscher, a proud Hitler Youth, is awarded the Iron Cross for hunting down a runaway immigrant laborer. Raw with the news of his own father’s death on the Russian front, the boy volunteers to fight. Instead, his capture by the advancing Soviet army forces him to confront his complicity in a murder."