Advent Calendar 17 – “Deutschboden”

Written By: Emanuel Updated: February 19, 2020

Hey everyone,

one quick thing first… yesterday ended up being quite the  let down for many of you because you weren’t able to actually download the book. Sorry for that!! I got in touch with Janine and asked her if I can share the pdf here.
So stay tuned.

But now let’s get to door number 17 and today, I want to give you a movie recommendation for


“Deutschboden” is a feature length documentary-movie about life in a small town in East Germany around the year 2000 and it’s

absolutely amazing

One of my favorite movies, probably. Seriously, I just randomly found that on TV a while back while zapping and I was immediately taken in. And afterwards I was really really excited and I still am to this day.

The whole thing is based on a book by Moritz von Uslar. He’s a contemporary writer from Berlin and he moved to a small town in Brandenburg for 3 months and tried to really settle in and make friends with the people. He wrote a kind of diary about this experience and then the state funded television decided to make a movie-documentary loosely based on that book. They kind of re-did the experiment, just with a camera team around this time. So it’s a blend between movie and documentary.

Why is it so great?
Well, many reasons.
The author himself stars in the movie, so he plays himself. He reads parts of his book as off camera narration and unlike many authors he really knows how to read his own stuff. He has a great voice, he has acting talent, and his writing is up-beat and fluffy but not annoying. Oh and he has quite the lisp, which makes the whole thing sooo much more human than a professionally trained narrator.
Also, there’s great visuals and the soundtrack is amazing and really fits the imagery.
But most important is the  humanity of the whole movie. It doesn’t judge, it doesn’t excuse, it doesn’t “showcase” anyone. It really just shows the life of the people and gets very close to them. You’re there when they’re doing band rehearsal (cringe), you’re there when they talk about how they used to do “stupid stuff” (as in Neo Nazi stuff)  in their youth, you get to hang with them at the gas station, you’re in the car when they’re driving down the bike lane in the forest at night with no lights on. And you’re there when they get  their eye brows tweaked, because, yes… they know metro-sexual :).
Bottom line… it has great cinematography, great soundtrack, it’s funny, it sometimes makes you go like “Da’ F… did he really just say that?!?!”  and it LOVES the people it portraits. Because they’re human beings.
And that makes it really, really, really great.

I hope you can tell that I’m really excited about this but hey… words, shmords… let’s just watch the trailer:


And if you’re curious… well, why don’t you just win the movie :).
That’s right. It’s the 4th of Advent and so

I’m giving away 3 DVDs of “Deutschboden”


Here’s what you have to do:

Write a poem with the following words in it:
Weihnacht, Schnee, Bier, Kleinstadt, Gitarre, Einhornfuchs.

It doesn’t need to be perfect, it doesn’t need to make sense, it doesn’t need to rhyme… heck… it doesn’t even have to be completely in German. But… ALL words must be in it!
“Ugh… so much work, Emanuel.” 
Yeah, it is a bit of work. But if you don’t want to do it, then you don’t really want to have the DVD ;).

Now, if you’re not sure whether it’s worth the effort (and for those who don’t win), I actually found a 30 minute version of the 90 minute movie online. And I don’t even  think it’s illegal. So here’s the link:

Watch 30 minutes of Deutschboden (planet-schule)

And of course, you can also buy the DVD or the book or the audiobook,  if you want, so here are the links:

Now, I’m curious what you think? Did you like the trailer? What impression did you get from a small town in Brandenburg? Was it how you pictured Germany? Have you seen the documentary by any chance (it was on TV a couple of times)?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments. And your poems of course, if you want to win a DVD.
Schönen Tag euch und bis morgen :)

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