Director: Ken Loach
Screenwriters: Trevor Griffiths
In the sixties, British cinema underwent one of its recurring â€śback to realismâ€ť waves. Out of that movement came Ken Loach. However, while other directors were hedging their box office bets with stars and turning their realism into melorealism, Loach insisted on a documentary-like style, narratives that were loose enough to allow a sense of life being lived in an approximation of real time, and an uncompromising logic which make the â€śdarkâ€ť endings of more commercial realism look like misplaced romanticism. In his new film, Fatherland, Loach again approaches fiction as if it were documentary. Klaus Dritterman (Gerulf Pannach) is an East Berliner whose songs land him in political trouble. He is obliged to go to the West. There he finds himself lionized, with a big recording contract and career before him. He is more interested, however, in finding his father who defected before him by 30 years. Loachâ€”with the considerable aid of Trevor Griffithsâ€™ script and Chris Mengesâ€™ cinematographyâ€”treats all of this with an elegantly slow pacing and cool observation of emotion and behavior; yet the firm is gripping both to the emotions and to the mind,
- Dramatic Feature
- 1987, Sundance Film Festival
- United Kingdom, 110 min.