Frozen Stories

An Schachtanlage;Workuta.ti
Beta SP ; 89min; b/w; Germany1993/94

PREMIERE: Babylon-Filmkunsthaus, Berlin; 28. August 1994, International Filmfestival Rotterdam 2. Februar 1995

First tv-SCREENING: ZDF 30. August 1994

FESTIVALS: Rotterdam, Leipzig, Montreal, New York, u.a.

“Frozen Stories” can be watched NOW HERE as VoD-stream!

FROZEN STORIES from schueppel-films on Vimeo.

“You will not understand me, my son.”

A highly personal and formally unconventional documentary film, FROZEN STORIES portrays a cautious uncovering of a hidden aspect of postwar German history. Many years after his father’s death, Uli M Schueppel thinks back to the relationship he had with his father. More exactly, he reflects on the relationship of his whole generation to its parents generation. What he detects is an alarming absence of communication, a silence which was symptomatic of a time when the two German generations became increasingly distant from each other

The film FROZEN STORIES is a subjective search for truth, a documented investigation into the buried, forgotten and repressed facts which detail a post 1946 chapter of German history about which, still today, very little is known. The director’s father Prof. Horst Schueppel, at the time a 23year old teacher in the Soviet occupied zone, was founder memberof the LDP (Liberal-Democratic-Party) in Saxony. He was arrested in 1948. Charged with “sabotage and espionage” he was sentenced to death by a soviet military court in 1949. Later his penalty was commuted into five life sentences…

Uli M Schueppel met his father’s former fellow inmates, he interviewed these witnesses of time – people who were prepared to take a risk for democracy. Captured on film, the interviews recall the suffocating atmosphere of the period of German history.

During the shooting of FROZEN STORIES, he finally achieved his father’s official rehabilitation from the Moscow authorities.

The full fim credits as they appear at the end of the picture can be found here

Uli M Schueppel on his film FROZEN STORIES (excerpt) HERE

– Poems by Horst EM Schueppel (from “FROZEN STORIES”)HERE


Frozen Stories – press quotes (selection)

“A film that conveys true physical pain, not through vulnerable, personal reflection alone.”

Deutsches Allgemeines Sonntagsblatt (9.9.94)

“Its about the horrors of a gerneration. Life in hell… It appears as a flickering montage. As if burning… Every word is comprehensible. All ghosts end here.”

Süddeutsche Zeitung (30.08.94)

“Extraordinary! Almost brutal…”

Der Tagesspiegel (30.08.94)

“A film about how silence regaring the past weighs down on us.”

Mitteldeutsche Zeitung (1.9.94)

“A gripping farewell to a father, that is at the same time a greeting.”

Südkurier (1.9.94)

“Endless despair. It has been a long time since such an oppressive history was despicted.”

Westfälische Rundschau (1.9.94)

“More than a documentary film!”

Kölner Stadt Anzeiger (1.9.94

“A film about the frontiers of the genre – and a mourning for unasked questions, but also missed explanations.”

Badische Zeitung (1.9.94)

“Gripping, moving, haunting.”

Münchner Merkur(1.9.94

“A penetrating sketch of unasked questions.”

Die Tageszeitung(1.9.94)

“A long overdue document of German-German history.”

Badische Neuste Nachrichten(1.9.94)