The film premiered at the Kino International in Berlin on 9 November 1989, the night that the Berlin Wall was opened.
It won a number of awards including a Silver Bear and Teddy Award at 40th Berlin International Film Festival, and awards at the National Feature Film Festival of the GDR
The lead actors are Matthias Freihof, Dagmar Manzel, and Dirk Kummer. The film was shot on location in East Berlin and includes scenes shot with amateurs in some of the gay venues of the time.
Philipp, a closeted teacher is dating a female collegue to keep up appearances. One night, by ‘accident’ he stumbles into a gay bar, meets and promptly falls in love with a young man. Transformed by this love he is no longer afraid to face up to who he is.
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