Silent Country

(Stilles Land)

Germany, 1992, 98 min, color
In German; English subtitles
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A young, naive and enthusiastic director comes to a provincial town in East Germany to put on Beckett’s Waiting for Godot at the local theater. Although the lethargic company shows no interest in the play, he remains undaunted. Meanwhile it is fall 1989 and far away in the capital a revolution is taking place.


This gentle comedy is the debut film of renowned German director Andreas Dresen. Silent Country took the 1993 International Film Festival in Berlin by storm and received both the Hesse Film Award and the German Critics’ Award.





2009 Wende Flicks: Last Films from East Germany, Film Series
1993  Hesse Film Award
1993  German Critics’ Award
1992  Crystal Globe nominee at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival


Press comments

". . . a tragicomedy, the most beautiful and precise film there is about the turning point in East Germany."
—Ralf Schenk, film historian


“Dresen's film Silent Country is remarkable because it brilliantly reenacts the events of 1989 from the point of view of those who were most affected by them: the East Germans. It does so with refreshing modernism—the story structure of the film bears similarities to Fellini's 8 1/2 and to Buñuel's The Discrete Charm of the Bourgeoisie. However, Dresen grounds the aporia of his artist/protagonist in the concrete political and social situation of the GDR. His film—technically sophisticated and graced with excellent acting—conveys a picture of the East with an immediacy that no West German director has achieved.”
— Inez Hedges, Jump Cut


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DVD Bonus Features:
  • Interview with the Director (46 min.)
  • Making of the Film
  • Filmography
  • Original trailers
  • Press reviews
  • Consequences, Peter 25 Years Old (1987, dir. Andreas Dresen, 7 min.)
  • What Every Man Must Do (1988, dir. Andreas Dresen, 18 min.)
  • The Rats Sleep at Night (1988, dir. Andreas Dresen, 10 min.)
  • Far from Klein Wanzleben (1989, dir. Andreas Dresen, 41 min., doc)
  • Train in the Distance (1989, dir. Andreas Dresen, 19 min., doc) 
  • Shortcut to Istanbul (1990, dir. Andreas Dresen, 42 min.)

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