Vorwärts immer!

East Berlin, on the morning of October 9, 1989: The famous actor Otto Wolf is in rehearsals for a secret play titled “Vorwärts immer”, in which he impersonates Erich Honecker on stage. Otto learns of shocking news from his contacts: The demonstrations planned for the evening in Leipzig against the GDR regime are to be shot down with all their might – and his pregnant daughter Anne is on her way there! So Otto and his colleagues form a daring plan: as long as the “real” Erich Honecker is on the hunt in Wandlitz, Otto is to enter the Central Committee as a “false” Honecker and take back the shooting order on Leipzig.
A turbulent temporary game begins, in which Otto not only comes dangerously close to the Central Committee, but also the real Margot Honecker …

The Leipzig demonstrations on 9 October 1989 changed German history. Their peaceful course marked the beginning of the end of the GDR. As the first Honecker confusion comedy, VORWÄRTS IMMER! gives a humorous look at the events of the day.
Jörg Schüttauf (THE STATE AGAINST FRITZ BAUER) shines in a double role as both true and false Erich Honecker and, along with director Franziska Meletzky, was awarded the Bavarian Film Award. Schüttauf is supported by a prominent cast including Josefine Preuß (TURKISH FOR BEGINNERS), Devid Striesow (I AM THEN TIMES AWAY), Alexander Schubert (TODAY SHOW) and Marc Benjamin (EDDIE THE EAGLE).

Regie: Franziska Meletzky
Cast: Jörg Schüttauf, Josefine Preuß, Devid Striesow, Alexander Schubert, Marc Benjamin u.a.
Produzenten: Philipp Weinges, Günter Knarr
Ko-Produzenten: Andreas Richter, Annie Brunner, Ursula Wörner

The funniest film about the collapse of the wall since ‘Goodbye Lenin’

— BILD

The witty punchlines sit much better than the wrinkled suits of the GDR superiors.

— MDR Kultur

No one will come close to Schüttauf’s Honecker

— BZ

Ab 20. April erhältlich

Deutschland 2017, 90 min, FSK 12
Showing in Germany
A production from Crazy Film in Co-production with Roxy Film and ARD Degeto; funded by Hessen Invest, Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg (MBB), FilmFernsehFonds Bayern (FFF Bayern) and FFA Filmförderungsanstalt.

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