Coming out
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Section: Apollo - Cinema Memories
Country: East Germany 
Year: 1988/1989


Coming out

color/112 minutes

Director: Heiner Carow. Cinematographer: Martin Schlesinger. Editing: Evelyn Carow. Music: Stefan Carow. Cast:  Matthias Freihof, Dagmar Manzel, Dirk Kummer, Michael Gwisdek, Werner Dissel, Gudrun Ritter, Walfriede Schmitt, Axel Wandtke, Pierre Sanoussi-Bliss, René Schmidt.

"Coming Out" was the first DEFA film that dealt with the topic of homosexuality in the GDR. Philipp who is latently gay works as a teacher. His colleague Tanja falls in love with him and he moves in with her. At her place, he meets a gay friend who once had been his boyfriend before Philipp′s parents insisted that he had to leave him. In this situation, he again becomes aware that he had repressed his sexual orientation for years. He secretly visits a gay bar and falls in love with Matthias but keeps it a secret from Tanja for a long time. At the same time, he does not tell Matthias that he is living with a woman. The situation escalates when Tanja observes Philipp in a tender embrace with Matthias. Now, Philipp has to come out of the closet, both toward his girlfriend Tanja and also toward his boyfriend Matthias. Deeply disappointed, Matthias tries to commit suicide.

DEFA-Studio für Spielfilme (Potsdam-Babelsberg) (Künstlerische Arbeitsgruppe "Babelsberg")

Heiner Carow

Heiner Carow was born on September 19, 1929 in Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. He was a director and writer, known for Coming Out (1989), The Legend of Paul and Paula (1973) and Until Death Do Us Part (1979). He died on January 31, 1997 in Berlin, Germany.



Selected Filmography:

1996 Fähre in den Tod (TV Movie)
1993 Vater Mutter Mörderkind (TV Movie)
1992 Die Verfehlung
1991 Begräbnis einer Gräfin
1989 Coming Out
1986 So viele Träume
1979 Until Death Do Us Part
1975 Icarus
1973 The Legend of Paul and Paula
1968 Die Russen kommen
1966 Die Reise nach Sundevit
1965 Jeder hat seine Geschichte (TV Movie)
1964 Die Hochzeit von Länneken
1960 Das Leben beginnt
1959 Sie nannten ihn Amigo
1957 Sheriff Teddy