Sealed Lips


Antonia Berger, a young German and enthusiastic Communist, goes to the Soviet Union in the 1930s. Whilst there, she is accused of spying and sent to Vorkuta’s labor camp. After being released from the gulag in 1952, she manages to return home to the new socialist East German state with her daughter Lydia. Antonia is forced by her party comrades to keep her terrible experiences secret for the common good. It is only after Stalin's death that she speaks out about her time in the Soviet Union. But her newly regained freedom is taken away from her again when her lover, a committed Communist, informs the authorities. Antonia has to make a choice – between truth or the present.

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Director: Bernd Böhlich
Genre: Drama, historical
Original title: Und der Zukunft zugewandt
English title: Sealed Lips
Country of production: Germany
Year of production: 2018
Length: 104 min
Color: color
Shooting format: HD 4K
Screening format: DCP 2K (1:1,85; 5.1, un-encrypted)
Original language: German
Subtitles: English

Cast: Alexandra Maria Lara, Carlota von Falkenhayn, Robert Stadlober, Karoline Eichhorn, Barbara Schnitzler
Scriptwriter: Bernd Böhlich
Director of photography: Thomas Plenert
Editor: Gudrun Steinbrück
Sound design: Johannes Doberenz, Bernd Göbel
Sound mixing: Hans Kölling
Music: Sebastian Schmidt
Producers: Eva-Marie Martens, Alexander Martens
Co-producers: Cooky Ziesche, Frank Evers, Helge Neubronner, Hans Kölling
Production company: Mafilm
Co-production company: Rundfunk Berlin Brandenburg RBB, CINE+ & STL Leipzig
Supported by: Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, BKM – FFA and Deutscher Filmförderfonds

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Festivals / Awards

Goa IFF, India – World Premiere
Cleveland IFF, USA
Bari IFF, Italy
German FF, Australia
Filmfest Emden-Norderney, Germany - Score Bernhard Wicki Prize
TwoRiversides-Festival, Poland
Carl IFF, Sweden
Trevignano FilmFest, Italy


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