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Offene Wunde deutscher Film

Open Wounds – A Journey through German Genre Films


We already know just how wild, unpredictable, sensual, audacious and bursting with life German cinema can be from the film essay Verfluchte Liebe deutscher Film. Now Dominik Graf and Johannes Sievert continue their archaeological adventure tour to the margins, the underbelly, but also to the heart of German film and television, posing some valid questions along the way: why does public television no longer commission such prescient science fiction films as Smog (1973)? Why isn’t German cinema able to establish a more audacious relationship to genre? As in Carl Schenkel’s Abwärts (1984), for example, all it takes is a lift that gets stuck in an office building to make a claustrophobic psycho-thriller. Why do young directors not follow in the footsteps of the unruly Klaus Lemke, who simply shoots his films from the hip? And why do those who do get denied funding? The excerpts from these film and television marvels – such as Slavers – Die Sklavenjäger or Liebling – Ich muss dich erschießen – certainly make one want to run out and see them at once. Sadly, in many cases all that’s left of these lost treasures are the trailers or posters.

Dominik Graf
Johannes F. Sievert

Germany 2017


Documentary form
116’ · Black/White & Colour


Written and directed by
Dominik Graf, Johannes F. Sievert
Director of Photography
Hendrik A. Kley
Patricia Testor
Florian Van Volxem, Sven Rossenbach
Sound Design
Andre Bendocchi-Alves
Sergio Campanese
Johannes F. Sievert, Jan Löffler


Dominik Graf

Born in Munich, Germany, in 1952. He studied directing at the city's University of Film and Television. Graf has made more than fifty films for television and cinema. His work frequently screens at the Berlinale.

Filmography (selection)

1979 Der kostbare Gast; 60 min. 1982 Das zweite Gesicht; 101 min., Berlinale Neue Deutsche Filme 1983 1987 Die Katze; 117 min. 1990 Spieler; 111 min 1994 Der Sieger; 134 min. 2001 Der Felsen; 117 min., Berlinale Wettbewerb 2002 2005 Der rote Kakadu; 128 Min., Berlinale Panorama 2006 2010 Im Angesicht des Verbrechens; Berlinale Forum 2010, TV series, 10 episodes, 47 min. each 2011 Dreileben; 89 min., part 2 "Komm mir nicht nach", Berlinale Forum 2011 · Lawinen der Erinnerung; 89 Min., Berlinale Forum 2012 2014 Die geliebten Schwestern; 140 min., Berlinale Wettbewerb 2014 2015 Was heißt hier Ende? Der Filmkritiker Michael Althen; 120 min., Berlinale Forum 2015 2016 Verfluchte Liebe deutscher Film; 90 min., Berlinale Forum 2016 2017 Offene Wunde deutscher Film

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019

Johannes F. Sievert

Born in Bielefeld in 1968. He studied Film and Television, Theatre, and Political Science. After graduation, he studied Directing at the International Film School in Cologne. Offene Wunde deutscher Film is the sequel to the documentary Verfluchte Liebe deutscher Film, directed with Dominik Graf.


2005 KomA; 11 min. 2009 Junge Hunde; 70 min. 2010 Sinan G; 20 min. · Gangsta Fiction – Im Angesicht des Verbrechens: Making of; 30 min. 2015 Von Zeit zu Zeit; 100 min. 2016 Verfluchte Liebe deutscher Film (Doomed Love – A Journey through German Genre Films); 90 min., Berlinale Forum 2016 · Rewind; 100 min. 2017 Offene Wunde deutscher Film

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2017

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Augustin Film