In our Monthly Film Series, we will show a variety of GERMAN or GERMAN language films from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. On the 2nd Wednesday of each month, audiences will now have a chance to see these films on a regular basis at the CLINTON STREET THEATER. (Children movies will be playing on Sunday afternoons – please check our website.) All films are with English subtitles.

WED. June 13, 2018 – 7:00 PM

GDR, 1989, 108 min, Color

Director: Heiner Carow


As a boy, Philipp was strongly attracted to his best friend, but he put that behind him in order to live within the “norm.” He meets a shy girl who falls for him, and soon the couple is sharing an apartment. But Philipp cannot deny his passionate desire for a young man. After years of repressing his sexuality, he finally accepts himself for who he truly is.

Hailed as the first and only feature film about gay life ever produced in communist East Germany, Coming Out premiered on the night the Berlin Wall opened, November 9, 1989.


2011 Shown at Outfest, The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, USA
2010/11 Shown at by Side, LGBT International Film Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia
2009 Shown at Torino Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Italy
2006 Shown at Teddy Twenty Tribute, Berlin International Film Festival
1998 Shown at Human Rights Watch Film Festival, New York, USA
1990 Shown at International Festival of Lesbian and Gay Film, New York, USA
1990 Shown at Chicago’s Lesbian and Gay Festival, USA
1990 Konrad Wolf Prize of the Berlin Academy of Fine Arts (director Heiner Carow; author Wolfram Witt)
1990 Best Director (Heiner Carow), GDR Feature Film Festival in Berlin
1990 Best Young Male Actor (Matthias Freihof), GDR Feature Film Festival in Berlin
1990 Teddy Award, Berlin International Film Festival
1990 Silver Bear for the expression of respect for human rights, humanity, and tolerance, Berlin International Film Festival
1989 Critic’s Prize for Film, Association of German Critics, Berlin Academy of Arts