Scene from the film Coal-Country Song. Gundermann
Scene from the film Coal-Country Song. Gundermann

Coal-Country Song. Gundermann

  • Germany
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The life and death of the cult rock poet and coal excavator Gerhard Gundermann who was initially called “the Bob Dylan of the mine” before becoming the “voice of the East Germans”. The film biography is told against the background of a mining region where global issues of our time are focused as if in a concave mirror. They permeate the artist’s oeuvre: home and devastation, the end of industry and work, utopia and individual responsibility. Observations and conversations, images of a post-mining landscape, and a first-person narrator from the coal region enter into a poetic dialogue with Gundermann through his songs, texts and largely unknown archive footage.


  • Original Title
    Gundermann Revier
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Grit Lemke
  • Cinematography
    Uwe Mann
  • Editing
    Sven Kulik
  • Music
    Gerhard Gundermann
  • Sound
    Urs Hauck
  • Runtime
    98 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Germany
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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