"SWEEP IT UP, again"
years ago, directly after the wall come down, before the 1th elections
in March 1990 Gerd Kroske filmed in the streets of Leipzig again.
His road sweepers swept away what wasn’t needed any longer: posters,
flags, cigarette butts, rubbish. The first film „SWEEPING“
contained impressive images of the apocalyptical atmosphere
in the GDR, between departure from yesterday and an arrival yet
the film-maker returned to those men and women who had allowed
him intimate views into their lives between casual work, jail
and pub. 1996, in „SWEEP IT UP, SWIG IT DOWN“
none of them still worked for the Leipzig department of city cleaning.
And in 2006 too, in the third film „Sweep it up, again“, their
daily lives take place between homes and social security office.
Stefan and Marlen, two of the former protagonists, are dead. Gabi just tries to struggle along. Henry and Marion get by. The grandchildren live with foster carers and sometimes things get worse than one believed possible to bear.
IT UP, again“ is a milieu study that has not fallen into
the trap of cheap images and sentimentality: it is precise, sober,
without commentary – but fill of sympathy with the protagonists.„The
film became a never intended, never planned long-time observation
because I was hoping for a happy end.“
The reality produced this material over 16 years.G.K.
35 mm / Digi-Beta / DVD- Pal / Aspect Ratio:1: 1,66 / 16:9
Dolby SR / Stereo / english Subtitled / Duration: 99:30 min.