November 9, 2017

Finnish director awarded in Germany

Kirsi Marie Liimatainen in DDR in 1988.
Kirsi Marie Liimatainen in DDR in 1988.
Filmikamari

Kirsi Marie Liimatainen has won the METROPOLIS 2017 director’s prize for best documentary film from a German directors’ guild.

Kirsi Marie Liimatainen

Kirsi Marie Liimatainen

Filmikamari

Liimatainen’s film Comrade, where are you now? (in Finnish Toveri, missä olet nyt?) is commercially distributed in Germany and has been screened at various film festivals in Europe. Later this month the film will be seen in South America, where it will tour around the continent on a non-commercial tour.

The film tells the story of how Liimatainen travels to Germany, Bolivia, Chile, Lebanon and South Africa to find out what happened to the people she got to know whilst studying in East Berlin over two decades earlier – with the help of only a few photos and a code name.

This year, BVR/Der Bundesverband Regie awarded the METROPOLIS prizes for the seventh time. Liimatainen’s fiction film Festung was among the finalists in 2012.

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