Coming Out (1989)

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Coming Out is a 1989 East German romantic drama film directed by Heiner Carow and written by Wolfram Witt. Starring Matthias Freihof, Dagmar Manzel, and Dirk Kummer, the film deals with the process of the protagonist's "coming out" and admitting to himself and others that he is a gay man. The film was shot entirely on location in East Berlin and includes scenes shot with amateurs in some of the city's gay bars and clubs.

Premiering at the Kino International in Berlin on the very night that the Berlin Wall collapsed, 9 November 1989, Coming Out was the first and last East German feature film that dealt centrally with the lives of gay men. Coming Out won two awards, including the "Silver Bear", at the Berlinale in 1990 for its frank treatment of the issue of homosexuality .

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