The end of the Cold War made average “East Germans” feel like “Hans in Luck” at first, but capitalism and the profit imperative quickly caught up with them. The grocery budget is tight and the unemployment office demands modern flexibility. Life, both on the job and in private, becomes characterized by the struggle to survive. The credo: every man for himself, royal rumble style. Memories of the summer of ’87 resurface, as families drove to the Baltic coast for vacation, in Trabis pulling trailers.
Olivier Magis / Fedrik De Beul // Belgium // 2017 // 20:00 min
In Thierry’s living room, several people have gathered. None of them know each other but they are all there to try and fulfil the same dream. They want to find a job-and quickly. But we’re in Brussels, so nothing goes quite as planned.
Falk Schuster // Germany // 2015 // 29:30 min
Its the summer of 1987 and a young family from the Leipzig district in East Germany are going on holiday, driving with their Trabant and trailer to a small holiday home on the Baltic Sea near the border to West Germany.