DOK LEIPZIG 30 OCTOBER – 5 NOVEMBER 2017
60TH INTERNATIONAL LEIPZIG FESTIVAL FOR DOCUMENTARY AND ANIMATED FILM
DOK Leipzig Film Festival

Wild Heart


Wild Heart


CATALOGUE TEXT
“Wildes Herz” is a film about “Feine Sahne Fischfilet”, one of the most successful German punk rock bands, and their lead singer, Jan “Monchi” Gorkow. A young band who are under surveillance by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, which gives them the right to call themselves the most dangerous band in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania. A film that shows how musicians fight against Nazis and feelings of emptiness and frustration, in a region where home means the beautiful flat countryside. With music that’s quite unlike their home: strong, loud, joyous.

As this film examines Jan “Monchi” Gorkow’s life in home movies and interviews with his parents we gradually begin to understand that it is a parable on, a coming to terms with and an answer to what happened in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern after the reunification. When a refugee centre in Rostock-Lichtenhagen was on fire, the population applauding and the police looking the other way. That is the time Monchi grew up in. His path – or his rage – took him via the ultras of F.C. Hansa Rostock to the moment when his punk band realised at the end of the noughties that Nazis enjoyed their gigs. Taking a stance was called for. The leftist movements of the 1990s failed, Gorkow says, and that this must never happen again. An important, almost normal, poetic and rough film – exactly like the band.

Leopold Grün


Nominated for ver.di Prize for Solidarity, Humanity and Fairness, Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize, Gedanken-Aufschluss, DEFA Sponsoring Prize

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Credits
Original Title: Wildes Herz
Country: Germany
Year: 2017
Language: German
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 90 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: Charly Hübner, Sebastian Schultz
Producer: Sebastian Schultz, Lars Jessen
Cinematographer: Martin Farkas, Roman Schauerte
Editor: Sebastian Schultz
Music: Jörg Gollasch
Sound: Moritz Springer
Script: Charly Hübner, Sebastian Schultz
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The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig 2017 catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author's name. All articles where no author’s name is given are production notes.