Directors Petra Epperlein’s and Michael Tucker’s Karl Marx City has been picked up by New York-based BOND/360, which has acquired the doc’s exclusive Canadian and U.S. rights.
The film focuses on Epperlein’s childhood in East Germany and explores the possibility that her father was recruited as one of the thousands of citizens-turned-informants for the Ministry of State Security “Statsi” security service. Over the course of the film, Epperlein, who left for the U.S. after the Berlin Wall fell, travels through the former German Democratic Republic to find out if her father died by suicide over his guilt of having been a spy. Her journey includes interviewing family and friends, visiting a Stasi prison and the Ministry’s archives which holds files on more than 17 million people.
“Karl Marx City resurrects East Germany for a North American audience and immerses the viewer in the logic of living in a police state, bringing to life the intentional discrepancy between the ideals of the state and the reality of sustaining a monolithic police state,” said Elizabeth Sheldon in a statement. “The film could not be more timely.”
Epperlein and Tucker produced the film along with Dana O’Keefe, who was the executive producer on 2010′s My Trip to Al-Qaeda.
BOND/360 will premiere Karl Marx City on March 29th at Film Forum, then in Los Angeles on April 21st and a nationwide release through the spring with a digital, educational and DVD release in 2017.
Karl Marx City premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival and Palm Springs International Film Festival.