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Komm mit mir in das Cinema – Die Gregors

Come With Me To The Cinema – The Gregors
Still from the film "Come With Me to the Cinema – The Gregors" by Alice Agneskirchner. Two older people sitting in a film storeroom. At the left side of the frame we see a camera with the hand of the camera man.
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  • Director

    Alice Agneskirchner

  • Germany / 2022
    155 min. / Original version with English subtitles

  • Original language

    German, English

The title refers to the eponymous 1937 poem by Else Lasker-Schüler, in which the poet writes that “what once was: love” can be found at the cinema. Two decades on from this, it was a love of cinema that brought together two people who significantly expanded – today one might say, diversified – the film history of post-war Germany, encompassing both the way films are viewed as well as the discourse surrounding the medium: Erika and Ulrich Gregor.
Alice Agneskirchner’s documentary follows various paths to get right up close to the founders of Arsenal and the International Forum of New Cinema: on the one hand via the eventful life of the couple, who have been married for over 60 years; on the other via those who have accompanied them along the way, including such prominent figures as Jutta Brückner, Wim Wenders and Jim Jarmusch. The films of which the Gregors are particularly fond and to which they gave their full backing are also central, as the duo becomes reacquainted with Claude Lanzmann’s SHOAH, István Szabó’s APA and Helke Sander’s DIE ALLSEITIG REDUZIERTE PERSÖNLICHKEIT – REDUPERS. This is not only a film about love and cinema but also a piece of West German history. (Sven von Reden)

Alice Agneskirchner was born in 1966 in Munich, Germany. She studied political science, theatre studies and German, comparative anthropology, and later film directing. Alice Agneskirchner works as a writer, director and documentary producer. Her film Lampenfieber was screened at the Berlinale in 2019.

Production Alice Agneskirchner, Sandra Ehlermann. Production company Ehlermann & Agneskirchner Filmproduktion (Berlin, Germany). Written and directed by Alice Agneskirchner. Cinematography Jan Kerhart. Editing Silke Botsch. Music Max Knoth. Sound design Roman Strack. Sound Ivonne Gärber. Production manager Sandra Ehlermann. Commissioning editors Rolf Bergmann, Andrea Hanke. Co-production Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg, Westdeutscher Rundfunk. With Erika Gregor, Ulrich Gregor.

Films (documentaries, selection): 1994: Raulien's Revier (87 min.). 1995: Herr, Frau, Hund (65 min.). 1999: Waschen und Legen (90 min.). 2001: Cheerleader-Stories (5 x 27 min.). 2003: Zusammen (14 min.). 2006: Liebe Mama, ich kannte Dich kaum... / Dear Mum, I Hardly Knew You... (90 min.). 2009: 24 h Berlin, 20 x Brandenburg. 2013: Ein Apartment in Berlin (84 min.). 2017: Auf der Jagd – Wem gehört die Natur? / On Hunting – Who Owns Nature? (100 min.). 2019: "Wie HOLOCAUST nach Deutschland kam..." (90 min.), Lampenfieber / Kids in the Spotlight (90 min.). 2022: Komm mit mir in das Cinema – Die Gregors / Come With Me to the Cinema – The Gregors.

Bonus Material

Essay, Director's Statement, and Film Annotations

  • Still from the film "Come With Me to the Cinema – The Gregors" by Alice Agneskirchner. A black and white photo of a group of people in a row in front of a cinema (the old Arsenal cinema in Berlin, Welserstraße)


    In “What do we see when we see cinephiles?” Cosima Lutz contemplates the cinematic representation of the love of film.

  • Still from the film "Come With Me to the Cinema – The Gregors" by Alice Agneskirchner. Ein Schwarz-Weiß-Foto einer Frau und eines Mannes auf einem Podium. Vor ihnen stehen Mikros.  A black and white photo of a woman and a man on a podium with microphones in front of them.


    Ulrich and Erika Gregor annotate the film clips from KOMM MIT MIR IN DAS CINEMA – DIE GREGORS.

  • Still from the film "Come With Me to the Cinema – The Gregors" by Alice Agneskirchner. An older woman and a man sitting in a cinema on red seats and looking into the camera.

    Director's Commentary

    Alice Agneskirchner on the challenge of doing cinematic justice to the long and productive life of Erika and Ulrich Gregor.

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