A GERMAN LIFE
Christian Krönes, Florian Weigensamer, Roland Schrotthofer, Olaf S. Müller
Austria, 2016, 113'
World premiere at Visions du Réel 2016
From 1942 until the end of the war, Brunhilde Pomsel worked as a stenographer for the Nazi regime’s minister for propaganda Joseph Goebbels. The last living witness to have known the machinery of Nazi power from the inside and now 104 years old, here she tells her story framed by a simple film device. Her face in close up brings the audience face to face with history, and with themselves. Her speech is at the centre, intercut with archive films which weave, through fragments, a web of the discourse in force in the 1930s.