“Dear Thomas”: The movie is reminiscent of Thomas Brasch | NDR.de – culture

11/11 starts the movie “Dear Thomas” about the Berlin poet and director Thomas Brasch, who in 1968 was betrayed by his own father to the Stasi and therefore sentenced to several years in prison.

The writer Thomas Brasch died 20 years ago. Together with his partner Katharina Thalbach, Brasch left the GDR in 1976 in the course of Biermann’s expatriation and became a star of the West German cultural scene in the 1970s and 1980s. Director Andreas Kleinert has now dedicated a movie to him: “Dear Thomas”, with Albrecht Schuch, Jella Haase, Jörg Schüttauf and many others is a co-production with NDR, BR, arte and WDR. On November 10th, “Dear Thomas” has a preliminary premiere in Hamburg.

“I only notice myself in chaos” Thomas Brasch once said and his life alone guaranteed enough chaos for him to be inspired by as a writer. He was born in 1947 as the son of Jewish emigrants in England. A short time later, his family returned to East Germany, where the father made it to the post of Deputy Minister for Culture of the GDR. When Thomas Brasch was studying journalism in the 1960s, he was de-registered for “disparaging leading figures in the GDR, and he kept coming up with his plays on the index. He saw himself as succeeding Bertolt Brecht and was not deterred.

After signing the resolution against the expatriation of Wolf Biermann, he moved to West Berlin with his partner Katharina Thalbach. In the 1980s, his plays were among the most frequently performed on West German stages, such as “Lovely Rita”, “Liebe Macht Tod” and his Shakespeare translations. For a long time after the fall of the wall it became quiet around him. When he made a name for himself again in 1999 with the prose volume “Mädchenmörder Brunke”, it was a big surprise for many. Thomas Brasch died on November 3, 2001. He was unable to complete his last piece, “A Fairytale Comedy from Berlin”.

Dear Thomas

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With Albrecht Schuch, Jella Haase, Jörg Schüttauf and others
Andreas Kleinert
from 16 years
Theatrical release:
11. November 2021
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