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Two documentaries that enjoy cult status. Over 7 days each, Thomas Heise documents the council of the Berlin-Mitte district in 1984 and the Imbiss Spezial at Lichtenberg station in 1989.

DAS HAUS – 1984 is a 16 millimeter black and white film, shot on seven days between April and September 1984 at and in the Berolinahaus on Berlin’s Alexanderplatz, where the council of the Berlin-Mitte district with the departments of social affairs, housing policy, internal affairs, youth welfare and also a registry office were housed at the time. Neither citizens nor council employees had any objections to being filmed. All the protagonists were unprepared and unknown to the film crew until the filming itself. There were no agreements about people or interventions in events. It is the only film in Germany to record administrative procedures in this form. It took from 1984 to 2002 until the film finally had its world premiere.

Year of production: 1984
Running time: 56 minutes

Director, screenplay (concept): Thomas Heise
Camera: Peter Badel

IMBISS – SPEZIAL is a 35 millimeter black and white film, the final film of Thomas Heise’s time as a master student at the Academy of Arts. The material was shot seven days before the 40th anniversary of the founding of the GDR. The morning of October 7, 1989 was the last day of shooting. “It is a film of transition in the demise of the old fatherland. The agony of waiting at Lichtenberg station as a social puzzle.” Gerd Kroske, taz 8.2.1991

Year of production: 1990
Running time: 27 minutes

Script: Thomas Heise
Camera: Sebastian Richter
Editing: Karin Wudtke
Sound: Wolfgang Heise, Ulrich Fengler, Gerd Kroske
Production: DEFA-Studio für Dokumentarfilme

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