Antonia, a young enthusiastic German communist, is accused of espionage and sentenced to gulag during a visit to the Soviet Union in the 1930s. Two decades later, she manages to return to the new socialist East German State where she is forced to silence by the regime. When Stalin dies a few years later, the social climate changes and Antonia is torn between her trauma from the labour camp and adapting to her new reality. The facade becomes increasingly harder to sustain and soon her newfound freedom is at risk. ’Sealed Lips’ is a gripping historical portrait of war’s complexity and the oppression of the individual in relation to “the common good”.
Festivals & prizes: Goa IFF, India, Cleveland IFF, Bari IFF, German FF Cast: Alexandra Maria Lara, Carlota von Falkenhayn, Robert Stadlober, Karoline Eichhorn, Barbara Schnitzle Producer: Eva-Marie Martens, Alexander Martens Screenplay: Bernd Bölich Genre: History, Drama
Photo: Pluto Film | Text: Josef Kullengård