Usedom

Usedom

Director: Heinz Brinkmann
Country: Germany
Year: 2017
Running time: 95 min
In German with English subtitles

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USEDOM: A CLEAR VIEW OF THE SEA

For Berliners, the Baltic island of Usedom was once the most luxurious destination for excursions within striking distance of the city. This is where imperial Germany’s grand health resorts of Bansin, Heringsdorf and Ahlbeck were built. Heinz Brinkmann, who was born in Heringsdorf, traces the eventful history of his island. He talks about the magnificent villas on Europe’s longest beach promenade, about the expulsion of Jewish citizens by the Nazis and about Usedom being split into a German and a Polish half after the Second World War. During the GDR era, most of the spa architecture remained intact because of the lack of means to build something new. Since the fall of the Wall, however, investors have been trying to replace it with indistinguishable luxury residences.

Brinkmann also asks people about conservation and change. We hear from the mayor infuriated by the architectural eyesores of recent years, a farmer who bought an island in the Achterwasser lagoon for his organic cattle, a Polish hotel manageress and other bridge-builders between the two countries. Brinkmann also quotes from his own 1992 Usedom film and compares the plans of his former protagonists with today’s reality. A discursive tour through a fractured paradise.

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PLAYDATES

Opens 8/13/21 Angelika Anywhere, New York, NY (Virtual Cinema)

Opens 8/13/21 New Plaza Cinema, New York, NY (Virtual Cinema)

Opens 8/13/21 Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville, NY (Virtual Cinema)

Opens 8/13/21 Varsity Theatre, Davis, CA (Virtual Cinema)

Opens 8/13/21 Downing Film Center, Newburgh, NY (Virtual Cinema)

Opens 8/20/21 Laemmle's Royal, West Los Angeles, CA

Opens 8/20/21 Music Box, Chicago, IL (Virtual Cinema)

Opens 8/27/21 Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, IL (Virtual Cinema)

Opens 8/27/21 a/perture cinema, Winston-Salem, NC (Virtual Cinema)

Opens 8/27/21 SIE Film Center, Denver, CO (Virtual Cinema)

Opens 8/27/21 Cleveland Cinematheque, Cleveland, OH (Virtual Cinema)

Opens 8/27/21 Kiggins Theatre, Vancouver, WA (Virtual Cinema)

Opens 8/27/21 Tivoli at the Nelson-Atkins, Kansas City, MO (Virtual Cinema)

Opens 8/27/21 Row House Cinema, Pittsburgh, PA

Opens 9/10/21 Smith Rafael Film Center, San Rafael, CA (Virtual Cinema)

Opens 9/17/21 Montclair Film, Montclair, NJ

REVIEWS

"Shaping personal and geographical history into sun-drenched dollops, the director Heinz Brinkmann fashions a charmingly quirky guide to his island home…[According] to one enthusiastic real estate developer. “Usedom is sexy,”... “Usedom is cool.” I wouldn’t dream of disagreeing.” - Jeanette Catsoulis, New York Times

"An enlightening exposé...A place that we could, should and would want to visit." - John Higgins, Film and TV Now

"Brinkmann paints a portrait of a beguiling ghost...You'll have the melancholy sensation that you're watching something that is disappearing even as you see it." - Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film

"An absorbing look at a Baltic Sea island...A reflective, calming meditation." - Peter Martin, Screen Anarchy

 

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