The German-German reunification and the events between 7 October 1989 (40th anniversary of the GDR) and the 3 October 1990, remain a surprising and breathtaking chapter in world history. A look behind the political scenes shows that the successful unification of the previously divided German nation was far from a foregone conclusion but actually hung in the balance and was in fact opposed by numerous countries.
Under the leadership of Ulrich Lenze, Cinecentrum has compacted the moving events of 1989/90 into an exciting, high-profile TV drama. The play interweaves dramatic scenes with documentary images of long ago and eyewitness accounts. The author and director Hans-Christoph Blumenberg succeeds perfectly in telling an authentic “story behind the story”. He and his team of scientific staff held 60 interviews with witnesses during their research. These include Helmut Kohl, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, Egon Krenz, Heinz Kessler, Günter Schabowski, Mikhail Gorbachev, Valentin Falin, George Bush, James Baker, Condoleeza Rice and others.
Leading roles include Peter Ustinov as Soviet envoy Igor Maksimychev, Lambert Hamel as Chancellor Kohl, Udo Samel as Gorbachev, Michael Mendl as Marshal Akhromeyev, Peter Sodann as Stasi chief Erich Mielke, Jean-Francois Balmer as President Mitterand and Nicole Heesters as the “Iron Lady” Margaret Thatcher.
The docu-drama is broadcast in two parts. The first part describes the events in East Germany until the fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989. The second part shows the international power and intrigue surrounding the reunification of the two German states and reveals how close the decision was – not least in Russia itself, where in 1990 a coup against Gorbachev was threatened.