Heiner Carow

19.09.1929, Rostock, Germany - 31.01.1997, Potsdam, Germany


Carow was a German director and screenwriter. As a young man he was part of a theatre group. In 1950 he enrolled in DEFA’s film school to study directing, and made educational films. His most influential professor was Gerhard Klein whose influence is evident in Carow’s first feature film Sheriff Teddy (1957). His most famous film is The Legend of Paul and Paula (Legende von Paul und Paula, 1972) that achieved cult status already at the time it was made. His other films include Sie nannten ihn Amigo (1959), Das Leben beginnt (1960), The Lanneken Wedding (Die Hochzeit von Länneken, 1964), The Russians Are Coming (Die Russen kommen, 1968/1987), Ikarus (1975.), Until Death Do Us Part (Bis daß der Tod euch scheidet, 1979), So viele Träume (1986), Coming Out (1989), Die Verfehlung (1992). Starting in 1991, he worked in television.


Films by this director

The Legend of Paul and Paula

(Legende von Paul und Paula, 1972)

Directed by: Heiner Carow
PHOTOGRAPHY: Jürgen Brauer

This cult East German film from the 1970s is still popular today. It is a love story about Paul and Paula. He is occupied with his career and unhappily married. She is a single mother who works hard and is unhappy in her life. They meet in a café and feel attracted to each other. However, Paul does not easily make the choice between his marriage and a possible relationship with Paula.

35mm, b/w and color, 109 min

Coming Out


Directed by: Heiner Carow
PHOTOGRAPHY: Martin Schlesinger

Philip is a schoolteacher in a relationship with Tanja, a colleague from work. Even though in his youth he was attracted to men, because of his surroundings he had to suppress those feelings. He decides to start living with Tanja. One day waiting to buy the tickets for a concert, he meets Matthias and falls in love. The film had its premiere on the day of the fall of the Berlin wall, on November 9, 1989.

35mm, color, 112 min

The Russians Are Coming

(Die Russen kommen, DR Germany, 1968)

Directed by: Heiner Carow
PHOTOGRAPHY: Jürgen Brauer

Iako se bliži konac Drugog svjetskog rata šesnaestogodišnji Hitlerov omladinac Günter i dalje vjeruje u njemačku pobjedu te biva regrutiran radi pružanja otpora nadolazećoj Crvenoj armiji. Kada biva zarobljen i optužen za ubojstvo sovjetskog radnika, Günter proživljava intenzivnu psihološku krizu. Dijelom utemeljen na redateljevoj biografiji, film je uoči premijere zabranjen za prikazivanje zbog fokusa na nacističkog umjesto na antifašističkog junaka te &bd...

b/w, digital, 92'
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