"1989" is a high-politics drama about the collapse of the Iron Curtain. In 1988, to save Hungary's appalling economy, the young technocrat Miklós Neméth becomes the country's new prime minister. He decides to remove the expensive border control apparatus from the state budget. A young couple from East Germany is encouraged by the rumours that the Hungarian border to Austria will be opened and decide to try their luck. But Nemeth's decision has set him up against formidable adversaries and communist hardliners. The young couple is caught in the political power game, and the young man is shot dead at the border. This tragic event paradoxically accelerates Nemeth's final decision to open the borders, and soon after the Berlin wall falls. Anders Østergaard ("Tintin and Me" and Oscar nominee "Burma VJ") and co-director Erzsébet Rácz recreate the events of 1989 using archival footage and placing them in new contexts.
Anders Østergaard (Tintin and Me and Oscar nominee Burma VJ) and co-director Erzsébet Rácz recreate the events of 1989 using archival footage and placing them in new contexts.
Miklós Németh, Gundula Schafitel, Uta Koch, Mathias Rössler, Reinhard Schmied, Sándor Okányi, Erika Okányi