THE MAN ON THE WALL
Kabe lives in East Berlin and wants to get to the West. One day, he just starts walking toward the border, gets arrested and stuck in psychiatric care. One year later, he is ransomed by West Germany and arrives in the West, but finds himself homesick for the East. Once he gets back there, he misses the West again. And so forth. Kabe becomes a restless wanderer between the worlds, between the two parts of Germany. He only manages to free himself from this split personality by a deed that proves prophetic.
Meet the director
Reinhard Hauff was born 1939 as son of a magistrate in Marburg, Germany. He moved to Munich to study literature and sociology, dropping out to work for television at Munich's Bavaria Studios. The top German entertainment director of the time, Michael Pfleghar, became his mentor starting 1964. But Hauff wanted to make movies: In 1968, he started to make documentaries, TV movies and theatrical films. In 1974, he co-founded Bioskop Film together with Volker Schlöndorff and Eberhard Junkersdorf. STAMMHEIM – THE BAADER-MEINHOF GANG ON TRIAL won the Golden Bear at Berlin 1986. In 1993, he started to retire from active filmmaking and became head of dffb film school in Berlin, where he shared his expertise with young filmmakers until 2005. Reinhard Hauff lives in Munich with his wife.