a film by Annekatrin Hendel


Germany | 2011 | 97:00 min

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Once with the Stasi, always with the Stasi? Once you were in the agent controller's grasp you could never escape - that's what they say, anyway. Writer Paul Gratzik was an unofficial informer for the GDR State Security Service for twenty years, broke with them in the 80's and exposed his identity. "Vaterlandsverräter" ("Traitors to the Fatherland") is a portrait of an exceptional man. On one hand it is a psychological profile of one of an extraordinarily paradoxical figure, a "man of extremes": satyr, seducer, radical and hermit. On the other hand it tells a story about the GDR, its critics and the Stasi of the kind that has never been told before in all the 20 years since the end of East Germany.
61 Berlinale PERSPCTIVE
Grimme Prize 2013
Cast and Crew
  • Director Annekatrin Hendel
  • Director of Photography Johann Feindt, Jule Katinka Cramer, martin langner, Can Elbasi
  • Editor J√∂rg Hauschild
  • Sound Ludwig Bestehorn, Nic Nagel, Paul Oberle
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Production Company
IT WORKS! medien GmbH
Gneiststrasse 19, 10437 Berlin
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