German Unity @ Balaton
(Német egység a Balatonnál)

documentary, HD, 79 minutes

co-produced with: Netherlands


A reconstruction created from home movies, interviews, photographs, music, and documents from the East German Stasi and files from the Hungarian Ministry of the Interior with some fictional elements added.

East German tourists simply adored Lake Balaton and not only because they were not allowed to travel anywhere else, but because of its silky waters and sunny weather. It was a meeting place between East and West where divided families could enjoy Hungarian hospitality but many of them were under surveillance by the East German Stasi and the Hungarian Ministry of the Interior.


Péter Forgács Director
Can Togay Co-director
Gusztáv Hámos Director of photography
Péter Sass Editor
Tamás Zányi Sound
László Kántor, Cesar Messemaker Producer
Új Budapest Filmstúdió, Lumen Film / NL Production company
Péter Forgács Narrator


Sarajevo Film Festival - 2012 (in competition)
Săo Paulo International Film Festival - 2012
Trieste Film Festival - 2013 (in competition)
Cluj-Napoca Transilvania - 2013

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