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In ‘The Survivors,’ documentary filmmaker Andres Veiel takes on the difficult subjects of suicide and the impact it leaves on friends and family. A school reunion, graduating class of ‘79. But three former pupils are missing: they have all taken their own lives in the intervening years. This film tells their story by showing those who have survived them: their classmates, friends, parents, siblings. ‘The Survivors’ is a film about being young, about the desire for a different, more exciting, wilder sort of life, and about how far our own personal limits will let us go.
Andres Veiel is considered one of the most distinguished representatives of politically engaged art in Germany. One of his distinctive characteristics is the intense, in some cases multiannual research for his projects. From 1985 until 1989 he studied psychology at FU Berlin and at the same time received a training in film dramaturgy and directing by the Polish director Krzystof Kieslowski at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin. In addition to his film works, Andres Veiel writes and directs stage plays , including at Theater Basel, Schauspiel Stuttgart, Gorki-Theater and Deutschen Theater (Berlin).
The Survivors, dir. by Andres Veiel, 1994-1996 Germany, Eastmancolor, 92 min., with English subtitles